Basque Country national football team

Basque Country national football team

Infobox National football team
Name = Basque Country
Badge = Basque Football Association logo.gif
Nickname = 'Euskal Herria'
Association = Euskadiko Futbol Federakundea
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Coach = flagicon|SpainJosé Angel Iribar & Mikel Etxarri | Captain = Joseba Etxeberria
Most caps = Julen Guerrero & Joseba Etxeberria (11)
Top scorer = Julen Guerrero (6)
First game = flagicon|Basque Country Basque Country 6 - 1 Catalonia flagicon|Catalonia (January 3 1915; Basque Country)
Largest win = flagicon|Denmark Denmark B 1 - 11 Basque Country flagicon|Basque Country ( August 29 1937; Denmark)| Largest loss = flagicon|Mexico|1934 Mexico 8 - 4 Basque Country flagicon|Basque Country ( October 16 1938; Mexico) flagicon|Basque Country Basque Country 1 - 5 Hungary flagicon|Hungary (August 31 1980; Basque Country)

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The Basque Country national football team (officially, in Basque, "Euskal Herriko futbol selekzioa") is the official football team for Basque Country, located in both Spain and France. They are not affiliated with FIFA or UEFA, because it is represented internationally by the Spanish National Football Team and French National Football Team. It only plays friendly matches. The team is referred to by various names including the Euskal Herriko Selekzioa, Selección de Euskadi, Euskal Selekzioa, Euskadi XI and Basque XI. The team was named Euskadiko Selekzioa until 2007, when changed its name to Euskal Herriko Selekzioa.

The first Euskadi XI made their debut on January 3 1915 against a Catalan XI, winning 6-1. In 1915 and 1916 and then again in 1930 and 1931 the two sides played each other in a series of games. However it was until 1937 that a Euskadi XI played outside Spain. José Antonio Aguirre, the president of the Basque Country and a former Athletic Bilbao footballer, initiated the idea of a Euskadi XI going on tour to raise funds for the Basque cause during the Spanish Civil War. This team subsequently toured Europe and Mexico and even entered the Mexican league. During the Franco dictatorship from 1939 to 1975, regional and non-Spanish national identities were severely repressed in the Spanish state and the Euskadi XI did not play. However since 1979 a Euskadi XI has regularly got together, usually at Christmas and usually at Athletic Bilbao's San Mamés Stadium, to play a game. They have played opponents from Africa, South America and Europe, although unlike Catalonia, who have played Brazil and Argentina, among others, they have never attracted a major football power.

With an amateur selection (this team was only made by players from the group IV of Spanish third division (Basque Country (autonomous community))) they won the 2005 UEFA Regions Cup beating in the final West Sofia 1-0. This is the only tournament won by this team.

Current squad

Squad called up for the friendly against Catalonia on December 27, 2007.

"Caps and goals as of December 27, 2007."

;Goalkeepers

;Strikers

Famous managers

* flagicon|Spain Jesús Garay, 1979
* flagicon|Spain Xabier Expósito,(1993-2001)
* flagicon|Spain José Ángel Iribar,(1993-)
* flagicon|Spain Mikel Etxarri,(2003-)

Other matches (Modern era)

See also

*List of Basque football players

External links

* [http://www.eff-fvf.org/ Basque FA] (In Basque and Spanish.)
* [http://www.geocities.com/euskal_selekzioa/ Euskal Selekzioa Online] (In Basque, click "English" for English language version.)
* [http://www.rsssf.com/tablesb/bask-intres.html All-time results at rsssf.com]


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