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Basque Soccer Friendly Announces Kickoff Time


Organizers of Boise's first-ever Basque Soccer Friendly were thrilled late last month to learn that three days after tickets went on sale for the event, almost half of them had been sold. That was before the kickoff time for the inaugural event was announced. 

The ball will fly at Albertsons—formerly Bronco—Stadium Wednesday, July 29, at 7 p.m.

The Friendly, between Athletic Club de Bilbao, of Spain, and Baja California, Mexico-based Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente, is historic in the caliber of teams it is bringing to the Gem State. Los Leones—the nickname for Athletic Club de Bilbao—was founded 117 years ago, ranks 23rd in the world and has never played a game in North or South America. Xolos, just eight years old, is already ranked 94th.

Basque Soccer Friendly is part of the larger Jaialdi Basque festival, which celebrates Boise's Basque heritage through sports, dance, food and exhibits. It runs Tuesday-Saturday, July 28-Aug. 1.