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La Rojita is doing so well, I think they deserve their own post, no? Our U-21 team has reached the final of the U-21 Euro, after beating Russia, Germany and the Netherlands in the first round, and then Norway in the semifinals. Now, they’ll face Italy (a repeat of the 2012 Eurocopa final!) on Tuesday in Jerusalem.
This will be La Rojita’s sixth final in the category. In the previous five appearances, Spain has won three times (1986, 1998 and 2011) and lost twice (1984 and 1996). David de Gea, Martín Montoya, Thiago, Iker Muniain and Diego Mariño could repeat as champions, as they were part of the 2011 championship team. On Tuesday, De Gea will also tie Santi Denia as the player with the most U-21 caps, 27.
It was so fun seeing many of the players of La Roja like little kids when they attended what was for most of them their first ever NBA game! They talked about how excited they were, they posed for pictures with everything from trophies and rings to players, the stadium and each other, and they watched with rapt attention as the Spurs beat Miami 92-88 to go up 1-0 in the series. I think they had a good time, even the Heat fans!
The boys all looked very happy to be back together again, and we are also happy to have our team back together again, no?
Let’s go win that Confecup!
This morning at the Ciudad de Fútbol, Vicente del Bosque announced the list of 26 players called up for this summer’s tour in the U.S. and the Confederations Cup in Brazil (three players will be cut after the last matchday of the Liga season this weekend) including all of the players above.
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, Víctor Valdés.
Defenders: Raúl Albiol, Álvaro Arbeloa, César Azpilicueta, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal.
Midfielders: Xavi Hernández, Javi Martínez, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Santi Cazorla, Andrés Iniesta, Jesús Navas, Juan Mata, Cesc Fàbregas, David Silva, Javi García, Beñat Etxebarria.
Forwards: Fernando Torres, Pedro Rodríguez, David Villa, Roberto Soldado.
Fernando Torres, Javi Martínez, Javi García, César Azpilicueta and Roberto Soldado are the relatively new faces. With respect to the 2012 Eurocopa, Fernando Llorente, Juanfran and Álvaro Negredo did not make it. Who are you most excited to see?
UPDATE: The three players who did not make the final list are Javi García and Beñat Etxebarria, due to the coach’s decision, and Xabi Alonso, due to a groin injury.
Keep in mind somos España as we take on France at 21h tonight, with a spot in the 2014 World Cup at stake. Luckily for us, these two guys are scheduled to play.
Spain will debut a completely red kit (shirt, shorts, socks) for the game! Let’s go La Roja!
There are many things to look forward to in tonight’s game (20:45h)! This game will be Sergio Ramos’ 100th with Spain, and he’ll achieve it at the age of 26 years and 358 days, the youngest Spanish player and seventh youngest in the world to do so. This game will also be Vicente del Bosque’s 69th one in charge of La Roja, pushing him past Ladislao Kubala as coach with the most games under his belt. And of course, as the game is being played in Gijón, it will be a homecoming of sorts for La Roja’s three asturianos – PF Juan Mata, David Villa and Santi Cazorla!
The concentración for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Finland and France began on Tuesday morning. Surprisingly, as the players began arriving, there were no major fashion failures (emphasis on the word “major” since some of the players, in the simple act of choosing their own clothes, commit fashion crimes).