Athletic Players Sporting New Numbers During Preseason

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Unai López wore number 8 during Saturday’s friendly against Arenas (AC)

Saturday’s 6-1 win over Arenas was a great way for Athletic to begin the preseason and leave fans with joy and excitement. A total of 22 players saw the field, including several who are hoping to make the team this season. Fadura was full of Athleticzales happy to see the Lions in action again, but there was also some surprises as a few players were wearing new numbers.

Dani García started the match wearing 14, which he previous wore at Eibar and was last used at Athletic by Markel Susaeta. Garcia’s previous number 16 was sported by Peru Nolaskoain in the second half. Yuri Berchiche was also wearing a new number, having changed to 17 which was last used by Mikel Rico. Gaizka Larrazabal was wearing Berchiche’s 12 from last season.

Unai López was wearing number 8, left vacant by Ander Iturraspe, while Mikel Vesga was in 25. Hodei Oleaga (26), Iñigo Vicente (28), Dani Vivian (29), Jokin Ezkieta (31), Oihan Sancet (32), and Andoni López (33) made up the rest of the number assignments. Athletic have yet to formally announce changes to the squad numbers, but Saturday’s match suggests that some have been made for the upcoming season.

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