Athletic Bilbao: at the end of a Basque bastion?

The philosophy of Athletic Bilbao, next week Friday will be the opponent of Club Brugge in the Bruges Matins, is showing cracks.

Iñaki Williams © BELGAIMAGE

Athletic Bilbao saw coach Ernesto Valverde leave for FC Barcelona and replaced him with José Angel Ziganda, a 50-year-old Facing. But even more than the appointment of the new coach gets a different theme the last few weeks the newspapers: the philosophy of the club. That is similar to that of Euskaltel-Euskadi, the team at the end of 2013 shut down was. The principle is that only Athletic Bilbao can play football if you’re at the club itself or with another Basque club trained, or if you’re in the Basque country are born with. That philosophy was that in the team for a long time, only white Basques playing soccer. Jonás Ramalho in 2009 was the first colored player, which actor made his debut in the basiself, but the club week, not related to her philosophy: Ramalho, whose father is from Angola, was, in fact, born in the Basque country Barakaldo. The same is true now for the 23-year-old attacker Iñaki Williams. His parents are from Liberia, but he was born in Bilbao.

But in recent weeks, the philosophy of the club is compromised, when it was known that Baskonia, a filiaalclub of Athletic Bilbao, the 18-year-old Malian Youssouf Diarra wants to hire. Diarra came on his eighth to Lérida in Catalonia, where his parents were employed were on a farm. Only seventeen, he moved to Pamplona in the Basque country, where he first Ardoi and then for Chantrea, two Basque clubs, played. That he by Mali was summoned to the world cup U17 – play a call where he eventually had to abandon due to an ankle injury – proves that he has talent. But with barely a year’s experience in the Basque country it can be difficult to say that he was ‘trained’ was. José Urrutia, president of Athletic Bilbao, however, stated that the club ‘is a reflection of the Basque society “and that” ten percent of the population consists of migrants’. It Is a first sign that the Basque stronghold is smoother?

(Steve Van Herpe)

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