La Roja to play this summer too?
RFEF head Ángel Villar announced yesterday that Spain has been invited to take part in the Copa América tournament, which will run from July 1-24 in Argentina. Each time the competition is held, there are two invited guests. Japan had been one of the original invitees, but due to the consequences of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, they declined to participate, meaning that Group A is missing a team.
Spain, the U.S, Honduras and Costa Rica had been mentioned as possible replacements, and if Spain does end up playing, they will be the first European country in the tournament. It will also mean giving up their only free summer from 2008 to 2014 (Eurocopa, Confederations Cup, World Cup, “free,” almost positive Eurocopa, Confederations Cup, hopefully World Cup). In addition, it would mean that the international players will hardly have any vacation (and we know they love their vacation), despite an overloaded calendar in this 2010-11 season. For example, Barcelona’s first pre-season game takes place on July 29, five days after the end of the Copa América. There are also prestigious teams in the competition that would like nothing more than to beat Spain, so La Roja will have to compete at their maximum level.
Villar said they are studying the invitation, and will make a decision next week during the next directors meeting (the presidents of Barcelona, Madrid, Villarreal, Valencia, Athletic and Sevilla are all directors) adding that he personally would be delighted to see Spain play in this tournament.
Question: the Copa América is supposed to crown the best team in the region, but what will happen if Spain wins?