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Iñaki Williams
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Williams playing for Athletic Bilbao in 2018
Personal information
Full name Iñaki Williams Arthuer[1]
Date of birth (1994-06-15) 15 June 1994 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Bilbao, Spain[2]
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 9
Youth career
Natación Pamplona[3]
2008–2012 Pamplona
2012–2013 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Basconia 18 (7)
2014–2015 Bilbao Athletic 32 (21)
2014– Athletic Bilbao 286 (58)
National team
2015–2017 Spain U21 17 (3)
2016 Spain 1 (0)
2018–2020 Basque Country 2 (0)
2022– Ghana 4 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 20:53, 8 November 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 22:08, 24 November 2022 (UTC)

Iñaki Williams Arthuer (Basque: [iɲaki wilians̺]; Spanish: [iˈɲaki ˈwiljans]; born 15 June 1994) is a professional footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club Athletic Bilbao and the Ghana national team.[1]

Formed at Athletic Bilbao's academy, he has made over 350 first-team appearances for the club, including an ongoing La Liga record of over 240 consecutive games. He scored the winning goal of the 2020–21 Supercopa de España.

Born in Spain, Williams made his full debut for their national team in 2016. In 2022, he chose to represent Ghana at international level, being selected for the 2022 World Cup.

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Association football

Association football

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of 11 players who primarily use their feet to propel the ball around a rectangular field called a pitch. The objective of the game is to score more goals than the opposition by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing side's rectangular framed goal. Traditionally, the game has been played over two 45 minute halves, for a total match time of 90 minutes. With an estimated 250 million players active in over 200 countries, it is considered the world's most popular sport.

Forward (association football)

Forward (association football)

Forward are outfield positions in an association football team who play the furthest up the pitch and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals as well as assisting them. As with any attacking player, the role of the forward relies heavily on being able to create space for attack.

La Liga

La Liga

The Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Primera División, commonly known simply as Primera División in Spain, and as La Liga in English-speaking countries and officially as LaLiga Santander for sponsorship reasons, stylized as LaLiga, is the men's top professional football division of the Spanish football league system. Administered by the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional, it is contested by 20 teams, with the three lowest-placed teams at the end of each season being relegated to the Segunda División and replaced by the top two teams and a play-off winner in that division.

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Club, commonly known as Athletic Bilbao or just Athletic, is a professional football club based in the city of Bilbao in the Basque Country of Spain. They are known as Los Leones because their stadium was built near a church called San Mamés, which was named after Saint Mammes, an early Christian thrown to the lions by the Romans. Mammes pacified the lions and was later made a saint. The team plays its home matches at the San Mamés Stadium. Its home colours are red and white-striped shirts with black shorts.

Ghana national football team

Ghana national football team

The Ghana national football team represents Ghana in men's international football. It is controlled by the Ghana Football Association the nickname is Black Stars Prior to 1957, it played as the Gold Coast.

Athletic Bilbao Cantera

Athletic Bilbao Cantera

The cantera (quarry) of Spanish professional football club Athletic Bilbao is the organisation's youth academy, developing players from childhood through to the integration of the best prospects into the adult teams.

2020–21 Supercopa de España

2020–21 Supercopa de España

The 2020–21 Supercopa de España was the 37th edition of the Supercopa de España, an annual football competition for clubs in the Spanish football league system that were successful in its major competitions in the preceding season.

Spain national football team

Spain national football team

The Spain national football team has represented Spain in international men's football competitions since 1920. It is governed by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Spain.

2022 FIFA World Cup

2022 FIFA World Cup

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is an international association football tournament contested by the men's national teams of FIFA's member associations. The 22nd FIFA World Cup, it is taking place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022. This is the first World Cup to be held in the Arab world, and the second World Cup held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan. At an estimated cost of over $220 billion, it is currently the most expensive World Cup ever held. France are the defending champions, having defeated Croatia 4–2 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.

Club career

Early life and progression

Born in Bilbao, Biscay to Ghanaian parents (who reached Spain by crossing the Sahara on foot and jumping the Melilla border fence),[4][5][3] Williams spent most of his childhood living in Pamplona,[6][7][5] specifically the Rochapea [es] neighbourhood,[8][9] and was playing youth football with local CD Pamplona when he was spotted by Athletic Bilbao, who signed him to their youth setup at Lezama at the age of 18.[10] He spent his first season with the Juvenil A side and made a big impression, scoring at the rate of almost a goal a game (eventually ending with 36); the team finished runners-up in the Copa del Rey Juvenil de Fútbol,[11] and on 25 June 2013 he signed a new contract with the Basque club, running until 2017.[12]

Williams began 2013–14 playing with Basconia, the farm team who competed in Tercera División.[13] After suffering a knee injury in August,[14] he returned to activity in October, made his debut as a senior and marked it with a goal.[6] He was immediately called upon by the reserves in Segunda División B and by the end of the same month had played his first match and scored his first goals at that level; he spent the campaign alternating between both squads.

At the start of 2014–15, Williams scored a hat-trick for Bilbao Athletic in a 4–0 win against Amorebieta,[15] and followed this on 7 September 2014 with another treble in a 5–1 rout of Leioa.[16] Despite only playing the first half of the season, his 13 goals from 18 appearances helped the team ascend to Segunda División.

Athletic Bilbao

On 6 December 2014, after profiting from Aritz Aduriz's injury,[17] Williams made his first-team – and La Liga – debut, starting in a 1–0 home loss against Córdoba.[18] He netted his first goal on 19 February of the following year, starting and contributing to a 2–2 draw at Torino in the UEFA Europa League round of 32,[19] becoming in the process the first black player to score for the club.[20][3]

On 17 May 2015, Williams scored his first goal in the top flight, netting a last-minute winner in a 3–2 away victory over Elche to help Athletic come from being behind 2–0.[21] Thirteen days later, he headed a consolation goal in the 3–1 loss to Barcelona in the final of the Copa del Rey at the Camp Nou.[22] He missed the 2015 Supercopa de España victory over the same opponents three months later through injury.[23][24]

Williams scored a brace (before giving away a penalty) in a 3–1 win away to Betis, on 1 November 2015.[25] He repeated the feat the following match, at home against Partizan in the Europa League group stage (5–1).[26] Finding the net in his third match running, he scored "a phenomenal volley" to help beat Espanyol 2–1 at the San Mamés.[27]

Williams with Athletic Bilbao in 2015
Williams with Athletic Bilbao in 2015

In late January 2016, having been scouted by the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, Williams agreed to an extension of his contract until 2021; the deal included a €50 million buyout clause.[28] He was sent off on 6 February at the end of a goalless home draw with Villarreal, together with opponent Daniele Bonera.[29]

During autumn 2017, Williams scored important late goals in the Europa League against Östersund[30] and Hertha BSC[31] to help his team finish top of the group. On 17 January 2018, he agreed a contract renewal, running until 2025 with an incremental buyout clause of around €80 million.[32]

On 13 January 2019, Williams scored both goals in a 2–0 home league win over Sevilla, finding the net at San Mamés for the first time in 41 league appearances (the previous occasion being in December 2016).[33] His second, involving a turn and sprint from his own half, touch away from the goalkeeper and precise finish at high speed, was described as "incredible" – it was later awarded as the Marca Golden Goal of the season.[34][35][3] The fixture was also his 100th successive appearance in the league,[34] only the fifth Athletic player to achieve this[36] and the first outfield player from any Spanish club to do so since Fran in 1993; for his performances, he was named the La Liga Player of the Month.[37]

Williams signed a nine-year contract in August 2019, with his release clause set at €135 million.[38][39][3] Late in the same month he started and scored in a 2–0 Basque derby win[40] for his 122nd consecutive Spanish League game, setting a new record by an outfield player in the 21st century ahead of goalkeeper Diego López.[41] On 24 November, he repeated the feat in a 2–1 away victory against Osasuna, breaking a 31–game undefeated streak of the hosts at their El Sadar Stadium; the occasion also marked his 133rd consecutive appearance in the Spanish top tier, establishing a new club record previously held by Carmelo Cedrún.[42][43]

On 17 January 2021, Williams scored from 20 metres early into extra time of an eventual 3–2 win over Barcelona in the Spanish Supercup final.[44][45] On 11 September, he celebrated his 300th appearance for Athletic with a goal in a 2–0 victory against Mallorca.[46][47] A week later, he became the only second player to play in 200 successive Spanish league games as he started in a 0–0 draw away to defending champions Atlético Madrid.[48] On 1 October, he set a new record outright with his 203rd consecutive appearance in the home match with Alavés, breaking the mark set by Juan Antonio Larrañaga of Real Sociedad between 1986 and 1992.[49][5]

On 17 April 2022, after starting against Celta, Williams passed the six-year mark since he last missed a league match for the club, and extended his own Spanish top-flight record of consecutive games to 224.[50]

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Bilbao

Bilbao

Bilbao is a city in northern Spain, the largest city in the province of Biscay and in the Basque Country as a whole. It is also the largest city proper in northern Spain. Bilbao is the tenth largest city in Spain, with a population of 345,141 as of 2015. The Bilbao metropolitan area has 1,037,847 inhabitants, making it one of the most populous metropolitan areas in northern Spain; with a population of 875,552 the comarca of Greater Bilbao is the fifth-largest urban area in Spain. Bilbao is also the main urban area in what is defined as the Greater Basque region.

Biscay

Biscay

Biscay is a province of Spain and a historical territory of the Basque Country, heir of the ancient Lordship of Biscay, lying on the south shore of the eponymous bay. The capital and largest city is Bilbao.

CD Pamplona

CD Pamplona

Club Deportivo Pamplona is a Spanish sports club based in Pamplona, in the autonomous community of Navarre currently play in 3rd - Group 15, holding home games at Beitikuntzea - Lizasoáin, a stadium with 1,000 seats.

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Club, commonly known as Athletic Bilbao or just Athletic, is a professional football club based in the city of Bilbao in the Basque Country of Spain. They are known as Los Leones because their stadium was built near a church called San Mamés, which was named after Saint Mammes, an early Christian thrown to the lions by the Romans. Mammes pacified the lions and was later made a saint. The team plays its home matches at the San Mamés Stadium. Its home colours are red and white-striped shirts with black shorts.

2013 Copa del Rey Juvenil

2013 Copa del Rey Juvenil

The 2013 Copa del Rey Juvenil is the 63rd staging of the Copa del Rey Juvenil de Fútbol. The competition began on May 19, 2013 and will end on June 30, 2013 with the final.

Copa del Rey Juvenil de Fútbol

Copa del Rey Juvenil de Fútbol

Copa del Rey Juvenil de Fútbol is a youth football tournament in Spain, which is contested by sixteen teams from the División de Honor Juvenil. It is organised by the RFEF.

Basque Country (autonomous community)

Basque Country (autonomous community)

The Basque Country, also called Basque Autonomous Community, is an autonomous community of Spain. It includes the provinces of Álava, Biscay, and Gipuzkoa, located in the north of the Iberian Peninsula, bordering on the autonomous communities of Cantabria, Castile and León, La Rioja, and Navarre, and the French region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

2013–14 Tercera División

2013–14 Tercera División

The 2013–14 Tercera División was the fourth tier of football in Spain. Play started in August 2013 and ended in June 2014 with the promotion play-off finals.

CD Basconia

CD Basconia

Club Deportivo Basconia is a Spanish football club based in Basauri, Biscay, in the autonomous community of Basque Country. Founded on 14 March 1913, it currently plays in Tercera División RFEF – Group 4, holding home games at Estadio de López Cortázar, with an 8,500-seat capacity. In 1997, they entered into a partnership with Athletic Bilbao to serve as a feeder club for Bilbao and essentially operate as the club's C team.

Farm team

Farm team

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Athletic Bilbao B

Athletic Bilbao B

Athletic Club "B", commonly known as Bilbao Athletic, is the reserve team of Athletic Club, a football club based in Bilbao, in the autonomous community of Basque Country in Spain. The team are playing in the Primera Federación – Group 2. Founded in 1964, the team holds home matches at the small stadium attached to the club's training facility at Lezama, holding 3,250 spectators or occasionally at San Mamés Stadium, with its 53,500-seat capacity, for important fixtures.

2014–15 Segunda División B

2014–15 Segunda División B

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International career

Spain

On 20 March 2015, Williams received his first international call-up, being named in Albert Celades' Spain under-21 squad for friendlies with Norway and Belarus.[51] He made his debut on the 26th against the former, replacing goalscorer Munir El Haddadi at half-time of a 2–0 friendly win in Cartagena.[52]

Williams was one of 11 stand-by players for Vicente del Bosque's Spain squad at UEFA Euro 2016.[53] He made his debut on 29 May, replacing fellow debutant Marco Asensio at the hour mark of a 3–1 friendly defeat of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[54]

On 12 October 2018, Williams debuted for the Basque representative side, playing the full 90 minutes of a 4–2 win over Venezuela at the Mendizorrotza Stadium.[55]

Ghana

Around the time of his Spain debut in 2016, Williams was also coveted by the Ghanaian national team, being watched by their Spanish scout Gerard Nus.[56] In 2021, with no further competitive appearances to tie him to his birth nation permanently, he spoke of the possibility of playing for Ghana: "My parents are from Accra and I really enjoy going. But I wasn't born or raised there, my culture's here, and there are players for whom it would mean more. I don't think it would be right to take the place of someone who really deserves to go and who feels Ghana 100%."[5] Local media interpreted this as a rejection of any approach from the Black Stars.[57][58]

However, on 5 July 2022, Williams announced that he was making himself available for the African nation in time for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[59][60] In September he received his first call-up, for friendlies with Brazil and Nicaragua.[61] He made his debut against the former, playing the second half of the 3–0 loss in Le Havre.[62] He was selected for the finals in Qatar;[63] within the team, he was nicknamed "Kweku" due to the day in which he was born, a Ghanaian custom.[64]

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Cartagena, Spain

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Marco Asensio

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Mendizorrotza Stadium

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Ghana national football team

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Personal life

Williams received his Basque first name in honour of a Caritas Internationalis worker in Bilbao who helped his parents after they arrived in Spain in the year he was born;[3] they had been advised by an unidentified lawyer to claim to be from a war-torn country, namely Liberia, when they first entered the country.[65][5] His younger brother, Nico, is also a footballer and a forward; he too was brought up at Athletic Bilbao.[66][3][67][5]

Williams was one of the stars of the Amazon Prime television documentary series Six Dreams, recorded during the 2017–18 season.[68] He can speak Spanish, Akan, Basque and English.[69][3] In 2021, he said that he and his family had lost fluency in English, but still communicated with relatives in the Twi dialect of Akan.[5]

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Spanish language

Spanish language

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Akan language

Akan language

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English language

English language

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Twi

Twi

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Career statistics

Club

As of match played 13 November 2022[70][71]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Copa del Rey Continental Other Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Basconia 2013–14 Tercera División 18 7 18 7
Bilbao Athletic 2013–14 Segunda División B 14 8 14 8
2014–15 Segunda División B 18 13 18 13
Total 32 21 32 21
Athletic Bilbao 2014–15 La Liga 19 1 4 1 2 1 25 3
2015–16 La Liga 25 8 5 3 7[a] 2 0 0 37 13
2016–17 La Liga 38 5 3 2 8[a] 1 49 8
2017–18 La Liga 38 7 1 0 13[a] 3 52 10
2018–19 La Liga 38 12[b] 3 2 41 14[b]
2019–20 La Liga 38 6 8[c] 3[d] 46 9[d]
2020–21 La Liga 38 6 6 1 2[e] 1 46 8
2021–22 La Liga 38 8 4 0 2[e] 0 44 8
2022–23 La Liga 14 5 1 0 15 5
Total 286 58[b] 35 12[d] 30 7 4 1 355 78[b][d]
Career total 336 86[b] 35 12[d] 30 7 4 1 405 106[b][d]
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ a b c d e f The Athletic Bilbao website[71] credits Williams with one additional goal against Levante in the 2018–19 La Liga; however, it was recorded in the official match report as a Aitor Fernández own goal.[72]
  3. ^ Includes appearance in 2020 Copa del Rey Final (played in 2021)
  4. ^ a b c d e f The Athletic Bilbao website[71] credits Williams with one additional goal against FC Barcelona in the 2019–20 Copa del Rey quarter-final, as initially reported in several media reports of the fixture;[73][74] however, it was recorded in the official match report as a Sergio Busquets own goal,[75] with video footage of the incident inconclusive.[76]
  5. ^ a b Appearances in Supercopa de España

International

As of match played 24 November 2022[77]
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2016 1 0
Total 1 0
Ghana 2022 4 0
Total 4 0

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CD Basconia

Club Deportivo Basconia is a Spanish football club based in Basauri, Biscay, in the autonomous community of Basque Country. Founded on 14 March 1913, it currently plays in Tercera División RFEF – Group 4, holding home games at Estadio de López Cortázar, with an 8,500-seat capacity. In 1997, they entered into a partnership with Athletic Bilbao to serve as a feeder club for Bilbao and essentially operate as the club's C team.

Athletic Bilbao B

Athletic Bilbao B

Athletic Club "B", commonly known as Bilbao Athletic, is the reserve team of Athletic Club, a football club based in Bilbao, in the autonomous community of Basque Country in Spain. The team are playing in the Primera Federación – Group 2. Founded in 1964, the team holds home matches at the small stadium attached to the club's training facility at Lezama, holding 3,250 spectators or occasionally at San Mamés Stadium, with its 53,500-seat capacity, for important fixtures.

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Club, commonly known as Athletic Bilbao or just Athletic, is a professional football club based in the city of Bilbao in the Basque Country of Spain. They are known as Los Leones because their stadium was built near a church called San Mamés, which was named after Saint Mammes, an early Christian thrown to the lions by the Romans. Mammes pacified the lions and was later made a saint. The team plays its home matches at the San Mamés Stadium. Its home colours are red and white-striped shirts with black shorts.

2014–15 Athletic Bilbao season

2014–15 Athletic Bilbao season

The 2014–15 season was the 116th season in Athletic Club’s history and the 84th in the top-tier. The campaign was notable for Athletic competing in the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1998–99.

2015–16 Athletic Bilbao season

2015–16 Athletic Bilbao season

The 2015–16 season was the 117th in Athletic Club's history and the 85th in the top tier. On 17 August 2015, Athletic defeated Barcelona 5–1 on aggregate to win the Supercopa de España, the club's first silverware since 1984.

2016–17 Athletic Bilbao season

2016–17 Athletic Bilbao season

The 2016–17 season was the 118th in Athletic Club’s history and the 86th in the top tier.

2017–18 Athletic Bilbao season

2017–18 Athletic Bilbao season

The 2017–18 season was the 119th in Athletic Club’s history and the 87th in the top tier.

2018–19 Athletic Bilbao season

2018–19 Athletic Bilbao season

The 2018–19 season was the 120th in Athletic Club’s history and the 88th in the top tier.

2019–20 Athletic Bilbao season

2019–20 Athletic Bilbao season

The 2019–20 season was the 121st in Athletic Club’s history and the 89th in the top tier.

2020–21 Athletic Bilbao season

2020–21 Athletic Bilbao season

The 2020–21 season was the 122nd season in the existence of Athletic Bilbao and the club's 90th consecutive season in the top flight of Spanish football. In addition to the domestic league, Athletic Bilbao participated in this season's editions of the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa de España. The season covered the period from 20 July 2020 to 30 June 2021, with the late start to the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain.

2021–22 Athletic Bilbao season

2021–22 Athletic Bilbao season

The 2021–22 season was the 123rd season in the history of Athletic Bilbao and the club's 91st consecutive season in the top flight of Spanish football. In addition to the domestic league, Athletic Bilbao participated in this season's editions of the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa de España.

2022–23 Athletic Bilbao season

2022–23 Athletic Bilbao season

The 2022–23 season is the 124th season in the history of Athletic Bilbao and their 92nd consecutive season in the top flight. The club are participating in La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

Honours

Athletic Bilbao

Spain U21

Individual

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Supercopa de España

Supercopa de España

The Supercopa de España or the Spanish Super Cup is a super cup tournament in Spanish football. Founded in 1982 as a two-team competition, the current version has been contested since 2019–20 by four teams: the winners and runners-up of the Copa del Rey and La Liga. Real Madrid are the most recent winners.

2020–21 Supercopa de España

2020–21 Supercopa de España

The 2020–21 Supercopa de España was the 37th edition of the Supercopa de España, an annual football competition for clubs in the Spanish football league system that were successful in its major competitions in the preceding season.

Copa del Rey

Copa del Rey

The Campeonato de España–Copa de Su Majestad el Rey, commonly known as Copa del Rey or simply La Copa and formerly known as Copa del Presidente de la República (1932–36) and Copa del Generalísimo (1939–76), is an annual knockout football competition in Spanish football, organized by the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

2019–20 Copa del Rey

2019–20 Copa del Rey

The 2019–20 Copa del Rey was the 118th staging of the Copa del Rey. In its original format, the winners were assured a place in the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League group stage, however this place was forfeited under the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain, with the two finalists opting instead to delay the date of the postponed match. Both finalists qualified for the four-team 2020–21 Supercopa de España.

2020–21 Copa del Rey

2020–21 Copa del Rey

The 2020–21 Copa del Rey was the 119th staging of the Copa del Rey. The winners are assured a place in the 2021–22 UEFA Europa League group stage. Both the winners and the runners-up qualified for the four-team 2021–22 Supercopa de España.

UEFA European Under-21 Championship

UEFA European Under-21 Championship

The UEFA European Under-21 Championship, the UEFA Under-21 Championship or simply the Euro Under-21, is a biennial football competition contested by the European men's under-21 national teams of the UEFA member associations. Since 1992, the competition also serves as the UEFA qualification tournament for the Summer Olympics.

2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

The 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship was the 21st edition of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, a biennial international youth football championship organised by UEFA for the men's under-21 national teams of Europe. The final tournament was hosted in Poland for the first time, after their bid was selected by the UEFA Executive Committee on 26 January 2015 in Nyon, Switzerland. The tournament took place from 16–30 June 2017. Players born on or after 1 January 1994 were eligible for the tournament.

La Liga Player of the Month

La Liga Player of the Month

The Player of the Month is an association football award that recognises the best La Liga player each month of the season.

2018–19 La Liga

2018–19 La Liga

The 2018–19 La Liga season, also known as LaLiga Santander for sponsorship reasons, was the 88th since its establishment. The season began on 17 August 2018 and finished on 19 May 2019. Fixtures for the 2018–19 season were announced on 24 July 2018. This was the first La Liga season to use the VAR.

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