the list for France and Macedonia

Spain’s first games since the World Cup disaster are coming up.  They are a friendly against France in Paris on Sept. 4 (21h), followed by the first qualifier for the 2016 Euro, which will be against Macedonia on Sept. 8 in Valencia (20:45h).  This list of players called up was announced today.

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, David de Gea, Kiko Casilla.

Defenders: Juanfran Torres, Dani Carvajal, Mikel San José, Sergio Ramos, Marc Bartra, Jordi Alba, César Azpilicueta, Raúl Albiol.

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Ander Iturraspe, David Silva, Koke Resurrección, Cesc Fàbregas, Andrés Iniesta,* Isco Alarcón, Santi Cazorla.

Forwards:  Pedro Rodríguez, Diego Costa, Paco Alcácer, Raúl García.

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Fernando Torres – El País 2014 World Cup Q&A

The always delightful Fernando Torres was the next person subjected to the El País Q&A.

I’m sad that Spain’s early elimination means we won’t get around to all of the players before the team goes home.

Who scored the first goal of the World Cup competition?  A Frenchman, Laurent.

Which player has scored the most goals in the history of the World Cup?  Ronaldo.

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well…

… we all knew it would end one day, we just didn’t expect it would end in this fashion.  It was beautiful while it lasted, and I have no doubt that while this may be the end of a cycle, a new one is on the verge of beginning.  I mean, look at how talented and exciting our next generation of players are!  They will play wonderfully with the current team.

And I have to thank this current generation of players for giving us six years of not only beautiful football, but also camaraderie, union and teamwork.  And let’s not forget the tremendous joy we got each time they hoisted up a trophy.  Gracias, muchísimas gracias.

¡todos con La Roja!

Let’s do it again Spain, let’s win tonight!  ¡A por ellos!

I miss those dark blue jerseys.

Pedro Rodríguez – El País 2014 World Cup Q&A

Pedro was the next one in the hot seat, and he got a lot of answers right, including, unsurprisingly, the one about his birthplace.

Who scored the first goal of the World Cup competition?  I don’t know.

Which player has scored the most goals in the history of the World Cup?  Ronaldo.

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Juan Mata – El País 2014 World Cup Q&A

Today, we have the always articulate and eloquent PF Juan Mata doing the Q&A.  According to Luis Martín, Juanín prepared himself well – he found out the answer to the first question (and apparently to some of the others as well) beforehand by doing a search on Google.

Who scored the first goal of the World Cup competition?  Laurent, a French player.  I know that from memory.

Which player has scored the most goals in the history of the World Cup?  Ronaldo.  Will you invite me to dinner if I know all the answers?

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Pepe Reina – El País 2014 World Cup Q&A

The always hilarious Pepe Reina was the next player subjected to the Q&A.

Who scored the first goal of the World Cup competition?  I don’t know.

Which player has scored the most goals in the history of the World Cup?  Ronaldo.

Why is the cat sad and blue?  Because it’s sleepy.

Why did Del Bosque decide to grow a moustache?  I don’t know.

Sushi or sashimi?  Sashimi.

Do you know who Peppa Pig is?  How am I not going to know!

What does maracanã mean?  I didn’t know it had a meaning.

Who scored the goal of the Maracanazo?  A Uruguayan with big balls.

Who painted Sunflowers?  Van Gogh.

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Javi Martínez – El País 2014 World Cup Q&A

If you need a nice distraction from Friday’s result, here is Javi Martínez’s El País Q&A!  If you’ve read his previous ones (here and here), then you should know that you are in for a real treat.

The test took eight minutes, because there were a lot of laughter and second answers, as some were unprintable.  [I really want to see the uncensored version!]

Who scored the first goal of the World Cup competition?  And we’re starting!  I have no idea.

Which player has scored the most goals in the history of the World Cup?  Klose is second and in first place is… first is Ronaldo!

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