With Athletic’s season starting much earlier than most clubs, it is important to play as many competitive friendly matches as possible to prepare for the new campaign. So far the Lions have scheduled six preseason games, including three during their current eight-day stay in Switzerland. However, it appears as though the Basques do not believe that six is enough as they have now added one more game to the summer calendar.
On Tuesday Athletic Club announced that they would play a friendly on 29 July against CF Reus Deportiu. The match will take place in Leioa, but the rest of the details have yet to be decided.
CF Reus is a Catalan club that played their first ever season in the Segunda last year and finished 11th in the table. The club is looking for a permanent stay in Spain’s second division and has been working hard to improve going into their next campaign. The match also comes at an interesting time with Athletic playing the first leg of their Europa League qualifier two days prior on 27 July. However, the La Liga kick off will still be roughly a month away at the time.
Athletic has certainly created quite the interesting summer schedule. While in Switzerland they will face off with FC Basel, FC Sion, and Fenerbahce. After returning to Spain they will have games against Club Brugge and Real Valladolid before their Europa League clash on 27 July. After that tie is decided, they will then have games against Liverpool in Ireland, and the Basque Cup against Alaves before the La Liga season officially begins.