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Barakaldo – Lasesarre (1922-2000)

Where there is muck there is brass. Throw in rapid industrial expansion and there’s a good chance that a decent football team will emerge. The Basque town of Barakaldo had all of these ingredients at the turn of the twentieth century. Add to the mix one of Spain’s largest iron works and a dynamite factory, and the town was, ahem, primed for action. More...

by Chris Clements | Published 6 years ago

By Chris Clements On Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Barakaldo – Campo de Lasesarre

On the bank of the Rio Galindo, just a few miles north west of central Bilbao, sits the distinctive home of Barakaldo Club de Futbol. The new Campo de Lasesarre opened in 2003 and occupies a site some 100 metres More...

By Chris Clements On Friday, September 9th, 2011

Aerial Photographs – Bilbao

Bilbao has been rejuvenated over the past decade or so and is a fantastic destination for  a short break watching football. Half a dozen grounds can be found within a few miles of each other, including the More...

By Chris Clements On Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Bilbao – San Mamés (1913)

Is there a club more inextricably linked to its region than FC Barcelona? Well, the answer is an emphatic yes. Travel to Vizcaya and you will see that potent symbol of Basque pride, Athletic Club de Bilbao doubling More...

By Chris Clements On Monday, August 1st, 2011

Lemoa – Estadio Arlonagusia

The Basque region seems to be very adept at producing little clubs who are able to defy the odds and punch well above their weight. In recent years Amurrio played the role and before them Gernika and Beasain bloodied More...

By Chris Clements On Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Sestao – Las Llanas

At the turn of the last century Bilbao and its satellite towns were essentially the blast furnace of the Iberian peninsula. Such was the concentration of heavy industry, that many companies and local elders actively More...

By Chris Clements On Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Amorebieta – Campo Urritxe

Football has been played on Urritxe since 1915, ten full years before Sociedad Deportiva Amorebieta was formed. Situated to the North East of the town, it remained a basic facility for much of the 20th century, with More...

By Chris Clements On Monday, May 16th, 2011

Vitoria – Estadio Mendizorroza

For a club that goes by the nickname of El Glorioso, Deportivo Alavés seems to have more than its fair share of mediocrity. This historic club from the heart of the Basque country has experienced some dizzying More...

By Chris Clements On Friday, February 18th, 2011

San Sebastian – Anoeta

When Real Sociedad moved to Anoeta in 1993 the change in culture must have been immense. It was not just a mile or so to the south of this beautiful coastal city, but a world away from the intense and claustrophobic More...

By Chris Clements On Friday, February 18th, 2011

San Sebastian – Atotxa

Real Sociedad may have used three stadiums since its formation on 7 September 1909, but some 20 years after closing, it is Atotxa that is still viewed as the club’s spiritual home. Life may have started out More...