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.


Posted on July 3, 2012, in la rojita and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Heh, young Puyi always cracks me up! And Xavi looks here as if someone gave him a blue eye! … did Iker play there too?
    Vamos Rojita!!!!!!!!!

    • unamadridista

      No, he was already playing for the senior national team, having been called up for the 2000 Eurocopa. Iker always says that’s the only point where he and Xavi’s football careers diverged.

  2. I hope the boys can win the gold. It would be quite a summer for La Roja!

  3. I’m going to see a match so I’m really excited at this call up list

  4. Alba played every minute of every game in Euro 2012. I know he’s a young guy and it’s the Olympics, but at some point your body will needs rest especially if you’re playing at the highest level. Rest or the body will rebel–fatigue and injuries.

  5. Jaja kid Puyi is so cute! How could he have been keeping this hairstyle for so long lol.

  6. Jordi is fine, he really wants to play. Xavicito is soooo cute. Vamos La Rojita!!

  7. a little sad bojan hasn’t gotten a call up, but excited to jordi again and iker muniain has been in interesting form for bilbao and i mean that in a good way!

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