Euskal Selekzioa In Talks To Play A Friendly Match Against Panama After The End Of The Season
A little over two months ago the Basque Football Federation voted in favor of applying for international recognition from FIFA and UEFA. If granted, Euskal Selekzioa would be able to compete in all international competitions as a separate entity from Spain who must also give their permission to do so. In the meantime, the Federation have been preparing.
Euskadi played their last match back in October in what resulted in a 4-2 win over Venezuela at Alavés’s Mendizorrotza. The team normally competes in one friendly each year, but they are already looking to play another game very soon. Javier Ortiz De Lazcano of El Correo has reported that the Basque Federation are in talks to play a match against Panama in Panama during the week immediately following the end of the club season.
President Luis María Elustondo reportedly told his directors after the success against Venezuela that he would look for a match at the end of the season, preferably outside of the Basque Country. The Federation has been in contact with a few different South American Selections over the past few months, with Elustondo leading the talks, and negotiations with Panama are moving very quickly.
The hope is that an agreement will be finalized in the coming weeks, which would be monumental. If scheduled, this would be Euskadi’s first match since voting to apply for international recognition. The Spanish Football Federation would have to give them permission to play a friendly outside of the Basque Country. There is still much to be done, but Elustondo and the Basque Federation are optimistic that a game will be played after the end of the season.