The history of Basque derbies
Basque derby football is played between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao next 5 January in Anoeta. This year, watching the trajectory of both teams in the league, It is presented as one of the most exciting derbies in recent years. Both donostiarras as locals are fighting for fourth place, square that now occupies the whole vizcaíno. On the streets of Donostia and breathes derby environment.
A top-flight derby is what fans expect Basque teams this weekend in Anoeta. Both sets are in the noble League, struggling to play the Champions League next year. The streets of the old part of San Sebastian anxiously await the arrival of the two hobbies, always in a peaceful environment, something surprising and does not happen in any other league derby.
Both Jagoba Arrasate as Ernesto Valverde will debut next Sunday, another incentive to enjoy the game. It will be the derby revenge, since the donostiarra set the two parties took the last course, including the last game between the teams played in San Mames. Cathedral She closed its history in the Basque derbies with a very painful defeat, is why the lions They will go to San Sebastian spirit of revenge.
The lions San Sebastián reach in positions of Champions League, Real he succeeded since the last season. The team white-blue, eliminated from the Champions, It has significantly improved in the league, recovering the good feelings last season.
The story usually weighs in such clashes, Athletic clearly dominates direct confrontation with its neighbor. Of the 150 matches, the lions They have taken victory in 63 meetings. But in San Sebastian, the baggage clearly favors the donostiarras, because of 66 derbies who have lived so far in Donostia-San Sebastián, donostiarras have been victorious in 32 occasions, while the locals have achieved so far 19 San Sebastián wins. The 15 They remaining ended in draws.
Basque derbies are more than a football game. In 1976, for example, Atocha occurred in one of the most memorable images in the history of derbies. In the negotiation process and progress towards a democratic model, both teams stepped forward leaving the pitch together with the ikurriña. both captains, Iribar by lions e Inaxio Kortabarria por los white-urdines carried the flag Basque autonomy claimed by then banned and carry it and wear it was still a matter of detention in Spain. It was a historic event and the first public sign of Ikurriña was tolerated after more than 40 years of fascist dictatorship. The derby has also shown other endearing images, as when both clubs together chanted the name of realistic aficionado who died at the hands of a sector of the front Athletic, Aitor Zabaleta.
Although Atocha derbies have always lived in a special way, Anoeta live Sunday from the 20:00h Basque football party. As for the low, Athletic Bilbao will have all its troops, while the Royal Society will not be heading injured, Estrada, De la Bella, Granero and Ifrán. The main advantages of both sets will be Griezmann by white-urdines, while the danger of lions come Boots Muniain, both players are in an enviable run of form. The swords are all high, and that of San Sebastian and Bilbao reach the derby at the best time of the season. Everything is cooked in Donostia for the first big game of the League in 2014. We only have one question, Who will win the Basque derby?