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The 2022-2023 season of the Spanish La Liga has not yet concluded, in addition that the ball just began to roll in the Liga MX for the Clausura Tournament, and already the teams are already planning the next semester of the year.
In this case, the Athletic Bilbaoone of the most traditional and native teams in the Spanish first division, has arranged to travel to Mexico on July 19 as part of the preseason and face Rayos del Necaxa in a friendly to be held at the Victoria Stadium in Aguascalientes.
This clash, which will surely bring a tail due to the level of both teams, will be held in full celebration of the centenary of the club hidrocálidowhich despite chaining several campaigns away from the Liga MX title, is still relevant and a history of Aztec soccer.
Another curious fact is that both squads have the same type of uniformwith white and blue stripes (rojiblanco).
The last time these two teams met was on August 28, 1935 with a 4-1 victory for Club Necaxa over the Basques in a match played at the Azteca Stadium in the capital, Mexico City.
However, this will not be the only clash that Athletic will play on Mexican soil. Before that, he will visit the Akron Stadium in Guadalajara to face Chivas.this on July 16, corresponding to the Tree of Gernika Trophy.
Symbolic duel between CD Guadalajara and the people from Bilbao since both share a philosophy: they only hire nationals; In the case of the former, only Mexicans sign, while Athletic not so drastically only looks at Spanish footballers. Currently the sports president of Chivas is Fernando Hierro, someone who knows the Basque team very well.