Athletic is set to begin preseason training on 3 July which is just two weeks around the corner. With that date moving ever closer, the club has finally announced part of their summer schedule and it is an exciting one for sure. Not only with the team play in some interesting friendly matches, they will also travel to Switzerland from 10-18 July where they will train in the high altitudes of the mountains near Sion. This trip is being called “The Football Festival In The Alps”.
The Lions will play their first friendly against Servette FC on 12 July while in Switzerland. Servette is a second division club in the country and looking to compete for promotion. On the 15th, Athletic will face FC Sion, who is the local team in the area and a member of the first division. Before heading back to Bilbao, the Basques will wrap up their Swiss tour on the 17th in a friendly against Fenerbahce.
In total, Athletic will spend eight days in Switzerland training and playing friendlies as they prepare for the upcoming season. However, these won’t be the only games over the summer. The Lions will also make a trip to Lens, France on 21 July to take on Marseille which will serve as the final friendly before the first leg of their Europa League qualifier on 27 July. Before the domestic campaign begins, Athletic will also take on Liverpool in Ireland on 5 August.
There is also an interesting report that Athletic could face off with Alaves sometime in early August in what will be called the Copa Euskadi or Basque Cup. A few sources claim that the game would take place sometime between 7-14 of August, but the match has yet to be finalized. If it does happen, Cuco Ziganda’s side will play a total of six preseason games. The new manager has made it clear that he wants the squad to be ready when the new season begins and for all the rust to have worn off.