Monday, October 13, 2008

Osasuna : A Basque Football Team

The only reason why I am posting this note published by The International Herald Tribune is because they are calling Osasuna a Basque football team, which I am sure will enrage more than one Spaniard claiming that Navarre is not part of the Basque Country.

Here you have it:
Osasuna hires Camacho as coach

The Associated Press
Published: October 13, 2008

PAMPLONA, Spain: Osasuna hired former Spain and Real Madrid coach Jose Camacho on Monday, hours after firing Jose Angel Ziganda.

The 53-year-old Camacho agreed to lead the Basque club through the end of the current Spanish league, with financial details not offered.

Osasuna released Ziganda six games into his third season, with the club lying 16th in the 20-team standings with four points.

Camacho had largely been working in television since March when he quit Benfica seven months into his second spell at the Portuguese club.

I love it, Osasuna's name is in Euskara, the Basque language, and it means "health". In fact, from the three Basque teams playing in Spain's Premier League, is the only one with a Basque name.

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