Corsican, Basque national football teams to play friendly match

Money raised from ticket sales will be donated to University of Corsica students' unions

A friendly match between the Corsican and Basque national football teams will be held on May 27 in Ajaccio, Corsica, the first time ever that the two teams face each other. Part of the money raised from ticket sales will be donated to the University of Corsica sudents' unions.

As the match was unveiled, the President of the Assembly of Corsica, Jean-Guy Talamoni, pointed out that one of football's "great virtues" is to gather people "around their identity." Talamoni recalled that Corsican team players will be "carrying the message of a people that is seeking sovereignty."

Corsican and Basque football federations hope that one day the two national teams receive official recognition allowing them participate in the UEFA and FIFA competitions. So far, however, the teams are only allowed to play friendlies.

Corsican President Gilles Simeoni recently proposed to organize another friendly match between the Catalan and Corsican national teams in a meeting with Catalan President Carles Puigdemont.

The Corsican team played its most recent match against Burkina Faso on 29 May 2015. The Corsicans defeated the African team 1-0.

The Basques played Catalonia on 26 December 26 2015 in Barcelona. The Basque team won 0-1.