A shirt I’ve been after for a while and I’m glad to finally be able to bring it to the blog. The Basque Country, otherwise known as Euskadi, doesn’t play many matches but have a formidable pack of players to choose from.
They pick homegrown players mainly from Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Osasuna. Their most recent game was in December as they thrashed Peru 6-0. Kind of puts England’s result the other night into perspective… In recent years they’ve beaten Venezuela, Estonia and Bolivia but did lose 2-0 to Tunisia.
Geographically, the Basque Country compromises the autonomous communities of the Basque Country and Navarre in Spain as well as the Northern Basque Country of France. The region is home to the Basque people who have their own language, appropriately named Basque.
It would be interesting to see how the Basque Country team would do as a member of FIFA, I would predict pretty well. However that seems highly unlikely as they’d actually have to gain independence from Spain first and become a member of the UN. They may have to make do with exhibition matches and games against Catalonia.
The shirt is quite an old one, I think it was used in 2006. Their current shirt is very nice and has a bit of a Tibet look to it but I’ve yet to find it for a reasonable price. This shirt actually popped up on eBay so I took the plunge.