The Basque Country National Team has played an annual game around Christmas every year since the early 1990s in what has become a very special part of the Holidays for fans. The first time the friendly match wasn’t played was back in 2008 when the fixture against Iran had to be called off. The second time that December came and went without Euskal Selekzioa playing was just a few months ago at the end of 2017. Now, the Basque Football Federation is eager to put a friendly together and it looks like it may happen as early as next month.
According to Chile-based La Tercera, the Basque National Team has invited Chile to come to the San Mamés for a friendly on 25 May. According to the report, the South Americans will most likely accept the invitation although a decision has not yet been made. Chile are not competing in the World Cup, but would like to play in some friendlies over the summer and already have matches lined up against Austria and Poland. A source from the Federation of Chile told La Tercera the following.
“It is an attractive idea. Most likely the decision to accept or decline the offer will be made next week. It is very likely that we will say yes, but before that we have to be very clear and defined on the details of the contract. Everything must be established in a transparent manner.”
The Basque National Team hasn’t lost a friendly match since 2011 when they fell to Tunisia 2-0. Since then they have gone on to win four games and draw two with an aggregate scoreline of 18-4. If this match does get played it will likely take place without Basques who will be a part of Spain’s World Cup squad, such as Kepa Arrizabalaga. Still, fans will be excited to see Euskal Selekzioa in action once again and now they are only waiting for Chile’s answer.