Saints to host Athletic Club in pre-season friendly

By SFC Media time Tue 21 Jun Club

Southampton Football Club will host Spanish side Athletic Club in a pre-season friendly match on Sunday 7th August.

The Bilbao-based La Liga team, who finished fifth in the top-flight last term, will visit St Mary’s for the contest, which will kick off at 3pm BST.


Athletic Club last visited the stadium in 2011, when they were winners of the inaugural Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup, triumphing over Saints and German side Werder Bremen.


The match will represent Southampton’s final warm-up fixture ahead of the start of the 2016/17 Premier League season, which is set to begin on Saturday 13th August.


As well as having faced each other five years ago, Saints and Athletic Club share a number of other links, with the Spanish side having recently honoured Matt Le Tissier with their first ever ‘One Club Man Award’, while the Southampton’s traditional red-and-white stripes are also the inspiration behind their own kit.


Ticketing details for the match against Athletic Club will be announced in due course.

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