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Leioa – Campo de Sarriena

It’s been a long time coming. 89 years to be precise, but in September 2014, Sociedad Deportiva Leioa will become the latest, in what seems to be a never-ending line of small Basque clubs to reach Segunda B. Founded in 1925, SD Leioa didn’t even reach the Tercera until 2008. However, the club made steady progress in the succeeding six seasons, culminating More...

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By Chris Clements On Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Laudio – Ellakuri

Club Deportivo Laudio de Fútbol San Rokezar, or CD Laudio to you and me, is the latest in a long line of small clubs from the Basque Region to try its luck in Segunda B. Like many of its predecessors, CD Laudio More...

By Chris Clements On Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Bilbao – San Mamés (2013)

Time finally caught up with the old San Mamés. That cauldron of Basque pride was one of the greatest and most atmospheric stadiums the world game has seen. However, its idiosyncratic design belonged to another More...

By Chris Clements On Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Zamudio – Gazituaga

Sociedad Deportivo Zamudio was formed in early 1943, the brainchild of the local mayor Mateo Romero. Vicente Rufino Perez Elcoro was elected as the club’s first president. SD Zamudio’s initial foray into organised More...

By Chris Clements On Friday, March 30th, 2012

Amurrio – Estadio Basarte

With a population of around 9,000, the Basque town of Amurrio has a pleasant rural feel to it. For its first 40 years or so, the local senior team Amurrio Club, lived up to the image, kicking around in the regional More...

By Chris Clements On Friday, March 16th, 2012

Durango – Estadio Tabira

A little further up the valley from Gernika is the town of Durango, which despite having a population of just 29,000, is the second largest town in Vizcaya, after those that make up the Bilbao conurbation. Steeped More...

By Chris Clements On Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Gernika – Urbieta

Gernika will forever be associated with the terrible atrocities of one day in April 1937 and Picasso’s striking depiction of the horror of that Luftwaffe bombing raid. I must confess that I knew little More...

By Chris Clements On Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Portugalete – La Florida

When you hail from a town where a bridge receives more recognition than your football club, you know that life is going to be an uphill struggle. In fact, in its 103 years (on and off) as a football club, Club Portugalete More...

By Chris Clements On Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Getxo – Nuevo Gobela

Arenas Club de Getxo is etched into the history of Spanish football. You may wonder what this little club from the distinctly middle class district in northern Bilbao has done to earn such recognition? Well not More...

By Chris Clements On Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Bilbao – Ciudad Deportiva de Lezama

Just over forty five years ago, Athletic Club de Bilbao moved their training facilities away from the then grey and industrialised environs of Bilbao, to the lush, green pastures of Lezama, a small village some More...