Ilia came to Spain as a twelve year old and hasn’t looked back since. He currently plays for SD Deusto in Spain’s Tercera División.
A few years ago this particular Basque derby game would have been unthinkable but SD Eibar’s incredible rise up through the ranks of Spanish football have lead to it becoming a staple of the season for both teams. A cause for celebration for Basque football.
A pre-match routine tour through Bilbao before a Athletic Club’s big derby game against rivals Real Sociedad.
I took a visit to the small town of Muskiz to see local side JD Somorrostro.
This chapter took place at the enchanting Etxezuri where 104 year old SD Deusto play their home games.
I went to see Tercera División league leaders CD Santurtzi at the wonderful -and very purple- San Jorge.
Portugalete is famous for its port and being one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in Spain. Let’s not forget about the football too!
A visit to the historic town of Gernika to see their local team SD Gernika take on mid-table rivals Caudal Deportivo
Top of the table clash in the División de Honor between CD Galdakao and Ugeraga
SD Amorebieta took on league leaders CD Mirandés at the charming Campo de Urritxe