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Old 03-17-2001, 07:14 AM
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Default Are the Basque games derbies?

Alaves, Sociedad and Bilbao are all Basque sides, right?
None sharing a stadium, though, right?
Are these derbys?
Is the plural of derby "ys" or "ies?"
With questions like these abounding, how a hooman bean can live without checking in with this forum everyday, iowno.
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Old 03-20-2001, 04:15 PM
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Alaves, Bilbao, Sociedad, and Zaragoza all hail from the Basque region. Each has its own stadium. The matches are considered derbies, just as when the teams from La Coruna and Vigo play (Deportivo and Celta) that is called the Galician derby since both sides hail from the same region.

The rivalry is especially fierce between Zaragoza and Bilbao. A player associated with one of those sides rarely is ever associated with the other, even as a manager. (Javier Clemente was rejected as a candidate to managed Zaragoza last year because he managed Bilbao seventeen short years earlier.)

Bilbao, incidentally, will only field Basques. You must be born in the region, or be born to Basques abroad (Madrid is "abroad", but let's not talk politics as it is a sore spot with me). The other sides place no restriction on where their players come from, and all three have drafted heavily from outside, particularly from Eastern Europe.

Euskadi lessons start tomorrow

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Old 03-21-2001, 12:08 AM
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Thanks, Shawn.
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Old 03-22-2001, 07:39 PM
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And finally Sociedad to allow Spaniards on their team. I guess the relegation threat overrides nationalism.
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Old 03-24-2001, 08:47 AM
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Speaking of Basques, does anyone remember the name of that hard playing defender who had a nickname "the Butcher of Bilbao"? I remember him playing for the Spanish national team some years ago.
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