Aitor Elizegi Proud Of Athletic Club After Historic Attendance At Women’s Game


The Athletic Ladies thank the fans who filled the San Mamés (AC)

Aitor Elizegi has delivered on his promise to find ways for Athletic Femenino to play at the San Mamés. On Wednesday the Neskak hosted Atlético Madrid in the Copa de la Reina and set a Spain Women’s football attendance record with 48,121 fans filling the Cathedral. After the match the President told reporters that the Ladies will have more chances to play at the stadium.

“This was a game for everyone. It was a match with good football, with uncertain results. We deserved something more and to advance, but Atlético is a tough team. Athletic is a very important club and today we have showed it again. There will be more matches this season for the Women’s team at the San Mamés. I want us all to learn from this. I feel excited. The important thing is for it to keep happening. I’m proud of the shield and the people of Athletic.”

Of course, Elizegi was asked about the next game at the San Mamés which will see the Men’s team host Barcelona. He stated that he hopes to see the fans fill the stands again to support the team, but made it clear that the focus is first on Saturday’s Basque Derby against Real Sociedad.

“We want to prepare something important. We want to see many scarves and shirts against Barcelona. It can be a turning point, that in the stands we are all Athletic. We are all a part of this team and it’s important to be together for this game. First we have the Derby and those in San Sebastian already know my respect for the club and my admiration for Real and their players. It’s a team I usually support when they aren’t playing Athletic. At a sports level we know what awaits us, it will take a lot to win the game.”

Elizegi wanted to keep the focus on the Ladies team after what was a historic day for women’s football. Thousands of young girls got to watch Athletic Femenino play in front of a sold out San Mamés with a fantastic atmosphere. When asked about the transfer window closing on Friday Elizegi simply said, “Today is the Women’s Day”.

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