Preseason Friendlies Announced For Bilbao Athletic and CD Basconia


Gaizka Garitano is preparing for another great season with Bilbao Athletic (MD)

The Athletic Club first team officially began their preseason on Monday and are already working towards being ready for the new season that will kick off in August. Meanwhile, the summer is almost over for players at the lower levels as well. Bilbao Athletic will report back to training on 12 July and feeder club CD Basconia will commence their preseason on 19 July. With football just around the corner, the club announced the summer friendlies for both clubs on Monday.

Bilbao Athletic will be playing seven preseason friendlies, with only one taking place at Lezama. The first game will be played on 25 July against Zamudio, with the lone home game coming next on 28 July against Arenas Club. Gaizka Garitano’s team will be looking to have another great year after making all the way to the promotional playoffs last season. Their full preseason schedule is as follows, although not all of the details have been decided.

25/07/2018 Zamudio vs Bilbao Athletic (Zamudio)
28/07/2018 Bilbao Athletic vs Arenas (Lezama)
01/08/2018 Burgos vs Bilbao Athletic (Burgos)
04/08/2018 Barakaldo vs Bilbao Athletic (Villarcayo)
08/08/2018 Ebro vs Bilbao Athletic (Falces)
11/08/2018 Tudelano vs Bilbao Athletic (Tutera)
15/08/2018 Cultural Durango/Arenas vs Bilbao Athletic (Tabira)

CD Basconia will participate in six friendly matches, with at least two being played at Lezama. Their first game will take place on 4 August against Deusto and their final friendly will see the team face off with Elorrio, although a venue has not been determined. New manager Aritz Solabarrieta is looking to turn things around for Basconia who struggled in league play last season. The team has been reinforced by several players from the Juvenil A team. Their preseason schedule is as follows:

04/08/2018 Basconia vs Deusto (Lezama/Artunduaga)
08/08/2018 Arenas/Karrantza vs Basconia (Karrantza)
11/08/2018 Basconia vs San Pedro (Lezama/Artunduaga)
15/08/2018 Txantrea vs Basconia (Iruñea)
18/08/2018 Basconia vs Arenas (Artunduaga)
05/09/2018 Elorrio vs Basconia (TBD)

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