Athletic Announce Preseason Friendly Against Andoni Iraola’s Mirandés On 8 August
Athletic began preseason training on 4 July with 6 summer friendlies on the schedule. The Lions will need to take advantage of every opportunity to prepare for what will be a very competitive La Liga season, but manager Gaizka Garitano openly stated that the club wouldn’t play more than eight friendlies. Having plenty of time to train is also important, though a seventh match has been confirmed.
On Tuesday Athletic officially announced that they will play Mirandés on 8 August at Estadio Municipal de Anduva at 8:00pm. The friendly will serve as the team’s final game before kicking off the La Liga season against Barcelona on 16 August at San Mamés.
The match against Mirandés will have special significance. Athletic legend Andoni Iraola was recently named the new manager of Mirandés and will face his former club for the first time as a player or coach. Iraola’s presence will make the relationship between the two clubs even stronger and there’s even a chance that Athletic could send a player on loan to Mirandés this summer.