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Of Soccer and Separatism: Why the Basque Decision to Seek FIFA Membership Matters

Tolga Ozyurtcu
Board of Contributors
Jan 7, 2019 | 11:00 GMT
Basque team supporters unfurl an Ikurrina, the region's flag, during a friendly soccer match between the team and the Venezuelan national team in 2010.

Supporters of the Basque select team unfold an Ikurrina (Basque flag) during a friendly football match against Venezuela at the San Mames stadium on December 29, 2010. The Basque team won 3-0.

(RAFA RIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Beyond the competitive blow to the Spanish national team, international recognition of the autonomous region would carry symbolic political weight....

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