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“It would be ideal for the Basque Country to play Euro Cups and World Cups”

Javier Clemente raise your voice. The selector of Euskadi you want your team to be able to compete internationally, that is, to be able to play World and Euro Cups, face great teams. Obviously, the fact that the Basque Country is a Spanish autonomous community prevents this, but the veteran coach wants more focus.

«If these kids could play European or world championships with this shirt… It would be ideal. Our players have beaten each other with their hearts. We were playing as if it were a League or as if it were an official competition ”, said Javier Clemente after the last Euskadi friendly against Costa Rica.

Euskadi returns with triumph

After several months without playing, Euskadi returned to the green with victory. The team led by Javier Clemente won 2-1 against Costa Rica in a highly competitive match in which Iker Muniain and Unai Núñez, both Athletic Club de Bilbao players, scored: «I know very well everything about winning. The game was very tough and in the last minute we scored the goal. I think we have had a great first part ».

But Clemente insists that everything would be better for his team if he could compete against more important rivals: “Playing friendlies is very difficult. At the end of the game I told the president that I hope we will play the next one against Germany or Brazil. I hope we play more games. The bitches they do to you so you can’t play against some teams … When will the next game be? I have no idea”.

A Clemente who does not hide his political position. «I am a nationalist, although my nationalism is very own. I feel very Basque, but I don’t want to build walls. That is absurd, but am I concerned about a work in the center of Granada if I am in Bilbao? I am a nationalist and I want the Basques to live as we like, based (sic) on our traditions and customs, “he said a long time ago.