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Basque Country
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) 'Euskal Herria'
Association Euskadiko Futbol Federakundea
Head coach Basque Country (autonomous community) José Angel Iribar
Basque Country (autonomous community) Mikel Etxarri
Captain Joseba Etxeberria
Most caps Julen Guerrero
Joseba Etxeberria (11)
Top scorer Julen Guerrero (6)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Basque Country (autonomous community) Basque Country 6 - 1 Catalonia Catalonia
(January 3, 1915; Basque Country)
Biggest win
Denmark Denmark B 1 - 11 Basque Country Basque Country (autonomous community)
( August 29, 1937; Denmark)
Biggest defeat
Mexico Mexico 8 - 4 Basque Country Basque Country (autonomous community)
( October 16, 1938; Mexico)
Basque Country (autonomous community) Basque Country 1 - 5 Hungary Hungary
(August 31 1980; Basque Country)
Appearances (First in -)
Best result -
Appearances (First in -)
Best result -

The Basque Country football team (officially, in Basque, Euskal Herriko futbol selekzioa) could be considered as the official regional football team of the Euskadi Autonomous Region, located in Spain because is the Association of football of this region, which organises the matches; but also as the national team of the Euskal Herria because there have been selected players from Euskadi, Navarre and from Northern Basque Country. They are not affiliated with FIFA or UEFA and are therefore allowed to play just 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 it changed its name to Euskal Herriko Selekzioa.

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History

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 then so-called "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 made up of players from the Tercera Division-Group IV they won the 2005 UEFA Regions' Cup, beating West Sofia 1-0 in the final. This is the only tournament won by this team.

Current squad

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

Caps and goals as of 27 December 2007

Goalkeepers
# Name Date of birth Club Caps (goals) Debut
1 Iñaki Lafuente January 24, 1976 (1976-01-24) (age 34) Spain Numancia 3 (0) v. Wales, 21 May 2006
13 Asier Riesgo October 6, 1983 (1983-10-06) (age 26) Basque Country (autonomous community)Spain Real Sociedad 1 (0) v. Uruguay, 27 December 2003
Defenders
# Name Date of birth Club Caps (goals) Debut
2 Andoni Iraola June 22, 1982 (1982-06-22) (age 27) Basque Country (autonomous community)Spain Athletic Bilbao 5 (0) v. Uruguay, 27 December 2003
3 Asier del Horno January 19, 1981 (1981-01-19) (age 29) Spain Valencia 4 (0) v. Uruguay, 27 December 2003
4 Xabi Alonso August 10, 1980 (1980-08-10) (age 29) Spain Real Madrid 6 (0) v. Cameroon, 28 December 2005
5 Fernando Amorebieta March 21, 1985 (1985-03-21) (age 24) Basque Country (autonomous community)Spain Athletic Bilbao 2 (0) v. Venezuela, 20 June 2007
15 Patxi Puñal September 6, 1975 (1975-09-06) (age 34) Spain Osasuna 3 (0) v. Macedonia, 28 December 2002
14 Aitor Lopez Rekarte September 18, 1975 (1975-09-18) (age 34) Basque Country (autonomous community)Spain Eibar 9 (0) v. Morocco, 29 December 2000
20 Jon Urzelai September 29, 1984 (1984-09-29) (age 25) Basque Country (autonomous community)Spain Eibar 1 (0) v. Catalonia, 29 December 2007
12 Mikel González September 24, 1985 (1985-09-24) (age 24) Basque Country (autonomous community)Spain Real Sociedad 2 (0) v. Venezuela, 20 June 2007
Midfielders
# Name Date of birth Club Caps (goals) Debut
6 Pablo Orbaiz February 6, 1979 (1979-02-06) (age 31) Basque Country (autonomous community)Spain Athletic Bilbao 3 (0) v. Cameroon, 28 December 2005
8 Xabier Prieto August 29, 1983 (1983-08-29) (age 26) Basque Country (autonomous community)Spain Real Sociedad 5 (0) v. Honduras, 29 December 2004
10 Mikel Aranburu February 18, 1979 (1979-02-18) (age 31) Basque Country (autonomous community)Spain Real Sociedad 7 (0) v. Macedonia, 28 December 2002
11 Fran Yeste December 6, 1979 (1979-12-06) (age 30) Basque Country (autonomous community)Spain Athletic Bilbao 5 (3) v. Uruguay, 27 December 2003
16 Gaizka Mendieta March 27, 1974 (1974-03-27) (age 35) Retired 5 (1) v. Nigeria, 29 December 1999
18 Igor Gabilondo February 10, 1979 (1979-02-10) (age 31) Basque Country (autonomous community)Spain Athletic Bilbao 9 (1) v. Macedonia, 28 December 2002
Strikers
# Name Date of birth Club Caps (goals) Debut
7 Joseba Etxeberria (captain) September 5, 1977 (1977-09-05) (age 32) Basque Country (autonomous community)Spain Athletic Bilbao 11 (2) v. Uruguay, 22 December 1998
9 Fernando Llorente February 26, 1985 (1985-02-26) (age 25) Basque Country (autonomous community)Spain Athletic Bilbao 5 (1) v. Cameroon, 28 December 2005
17 Joseba Llorente November 24, 1979 (1979-11-24) (age 30) Spain Villarreal 2 (0) v. Honduras, 29 December 2004
19 Aritz Aduriz February 11, 1981 (1981-02-11) (age 29) Spain Mallorca 4 (3) v. Catalonia, 8 October 2006

Recent matches

Date Stadium City Opponent Results¹ Scorers
23 December 2008 San Mamés Bilbao Iran Iran Called off N/A
29 December 2007 San Mamés Bilbao Catalonia Catalonia 1:1 (0:1) Bojan Krkić (29.), Aritz Aduriz (69.)
20 June 2007 Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo San Cristóbal, Táchira, Venezuela Venezuela Venezuela 3:4 (1:4) Aritz Aduriz (8.), Joseba Etxeberria (20.), José Torrealba (27.), Igor Gabilondo (30.), Joseba Etxeberria (40.), Juan Arango (80.), Juan Arango (82.)
27 December 2006 San Mamés Bilbao Serbia Serbia 4:0 (2:0) Fran Yeste (33.), Urzaiz (41.), Sarriegi (60.), Gari Uranga (87.)
8 October 2006 Camp Nou Barcelona, Catalonia Catalonia Catalonia 2:2 (0:1) Aritz Aduriz (19.), Fernando Llorente (64.), Joan Verdú (67.), Albert Luque (84.)
21 May 2006 San Mamés Bilbao Wales Wales 0:1 (0:0) Ryan Giggs (76.)
28 December 2005 San Mamés Bilbao Cameroon Cameroon 0:1 (0:1) César Cruchaga (41.) og.

Famous players

   

Famous managers

Other matches (Modern era)

Date Venue Home Team Away Team Score
Dec. 29 2004 Anoeta  Basque Country  Honduras 2 – 0
Dec. 27 2003 San Mamés  Basque Country  Uruguay 2 – 1
Dec. 28 2002 San Mamés  Basque Country  Macedonia 1 – 1
Dec. 28 2001 San Mamés  Basque Country  Ghana 3 – 2
Dec. 29 2000 San Mamés  Basque Country  Morocco 3 – 2
Dec. 29 1999 San Mamés  Basque Country  Nigeria 5 – 1
Dec. 22 1998 Anoeta  Basque Country  Uruguay 5 – 1
Dec. 26 1997 San Mamés  Basque Country  Yugoslavia 3 – 1
Dec. 26 1996 San Mamés  Basque Country  Estonia 3 – 0
Dec. 22 1995 San Mamés  Basque Country  Paraguay 1 – 1
Dec. 23 1994 San Mamés  Basque Country  Russia 1 – 0
Dec. 22 1993 Anoeta  Basque Country  Bolivia 3 – 1
Mar. 21 1990 San Mamés  Basque Country  Romania 2 – 2
May 10 1988 San Mamés  Basque Country Tottenham Hotspur.svg Tottenham Hotspur 4 – 0
Aug. 3 1980 Mendizorroza  Basque Country  Hungary 1 – 5
Dec. 23 1979 Estadio de Atotxa  Basque Country  Bulgaria 4 – 0
Aug. 16 1979 San Mamés  Basque Country  Republic of Ireland 4 – 1

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