Spain takes on Uruguay tonight, or rather, early early tomorrow morning (00h Spain time), in the opening game for La Roja in the Confederations Cup, which as we’re reminded every five minutes, is the only cup we don’t have in our trophy cabinet. So let’s go and win this cup!
Do you think Pepe said yes? And how was Iker planning on getting the ring over the glove?
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.
The Federación Española de Baloncesto (Spanish Basketball Federation) and Nike presented the national basketball teams’ new jerseys yesterday, and Sergio Ramos and Andrés Iniesta show up in the video introducing the new jerseys, as do several famous Spanish athletes, including of course basketball players and Rafa Nadal, and celebrities.
I love it when the football and basketball teams team up!
I don’t have time to make a proper ICYMI post, as this game occurred in the middle of Semana Santa, so you’ll have to do with this.
Pedro said after the game that he had no idea how the ball went in, but the important thing is that it went in!
Sergio Ramos was the special guest at COPE’s “El Partido de las 12″ program on Tuesday night. He spoke with them for one hour on a variety of topics.
on reaching 100 games: perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is how fast it all went, so you don’t have time to stop and think about it. I’m tremendously proud of it, because previously, Carles Puyol, a great footballer, reached it at the age of 34, if I’m not mistaken, and I’m lucky to be able to reach it 26, during a very good stage in my life. If God wants and I take care of myself, the number will go up. I have to thank Luis Aragonés for taking a chance with me, considering that I had a very great competitor, Míchel Salgado, in front of me. I didn’t have a lot of experience in the World Cup, in the Champions League, since it was my first year in Real Madrid, and using a 19-year-old kid in World Cup qualifiers is not something all coaches would do.