Prior to their game against the United States on June 4 in Boston, Spain will play a friendly in Venezuela on June 1. The location of the game is still unknown, but the Venezuelan football federation will announce it in the next several days (it looks like Maracaibo is the front-runner). This also means that La Roja won’t be using that other FIFA date, June 7, and will return to Spain right after playing against the U.S. Spain had been negotiating with Ireland to play on that day in Chicago or New York, but Ireland declined. After that, we’ll have to wait until August to see the world champions again, when they take on Italy in Rome on the tenth of that month (and presumably go meet the pope).
Spain’s “Americas” tour will begin shortly right after the final of the Champions League on May 28, in which a Spanish club will be playing (Madrid or Barcelona), so it’s very likely that some of the internationals (between the two clubs, there are 13) won’t play against Venezuela. It will be the third time that Spain and Venezuela have faced off against each other. The first time was in 1981 in Caracas, when Spain won 0-2, and the second in August 2004 in Las Palmas. Spain won that game 3-2; it was also Luis Aragonés’ first game as head coach.
This pair of games will also be Fernando Hierro’s last two as (a very, very successful) sporting director of the federation.