the Olympic call-up
The last time Spain played in the Olympic Games was in 2000, in Sydney. They ended up winning the silver medal that year. Now, with Spanish football enjoying its best moment ever, Spain has the chance to win Olympic gold again. This morning, Luis Milla announced the list of players – including three of our recent Eurocopa winners – chosen to represent Spain in the upcoming U-23 friendlies against Senegal in Maspalomas (Gran Canaria) and Mexico in Cádiz, as well as the Olympic Games. Prior to the start of the games, four of the players will be cut, leaving 18 on the team for the competition.
Goalkeepers: Joel Robles, David de Gea, Diego Mariño.
Defenders: Mikel San José, Martín Montoya, Álvaro Domínguez, César Azpilicueta, Iñigo Martínez, Alberto Botía, Jordi Alba.
Midfielders: Javi Martínez, Ander Herrera, Koke Resurrección, Thiago Alcántara, Oriol Romeu, Juan Mata, Isco Alarcón.
Forwards: Iker Muniain, Adrián López, Cristian Tello, Rodrigo Moreno, Álvaro Vázquez.
The three overage players are Javi, Juan Mata and Adrián.
These players will begin their training camp in Madrid on July 6. The two friendlies will be played on July 13 at 19:45h at the Estadio Municipal Maspalomas, and on July 18 at 21:15h at the Ramón de Carranza.
In his press conference, Luis Milla said Javi and Juan will get extra days of vacation (and presumably, Jordi as well) and will join the team on July 14 in Cádiz. He also revealed that he spoke to Jordi before the final of the Eurocopa, and Jordi told him he really wanted to play in the Olympic Games.
UPDATE: on July 5, it was confirmed that Thiago would miss out on the Olympics, as he hasn’t recovered fully from his right tibia injury. Luis Milla called up Asier Illarramendi to replace him.