the list for the Confederations Cup & more
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.
Confederations Cup news.
During the press conference, Vicente del Bosque said that everyone on the list has a lot of desire to be there and to be part of the Confederations Cup, and that it is impossible for everyone who deserves to be on the list to be on the list and to satisfy everyone. As for the returns of Javi Martínez and Fernando Torres, he explained that as they have both improved a lot, now is the right time to call them up, while it wasn’t the right time before. With respect to Carles Puyol, he said he and his staff have been in contact with him and they respect the recovery processes of all of the players. He was also asked why Isco wasn’t called up, and he said it was because they thought it would be best for Isco to be with the U-21 team, although he could have been with the senior team, just like Thiago Alcantara. As for Iker, VDB commented that he is in good shape and “is one of us.” When a journalist asked why fatigued players have been called up, VDB responded that “no one has said that they don’t want to or can’t come. No one has told us that he’s tired or injured or anything like that. So, who are we to stop them?”
Spain will begin the concentración and travel to the U.S. on June 4, where it will play two preparatory games ahead of the tournament in which it will debut on June 16 against Uruguay in Recife. The two friendlies are against Haiti on June 8 in Miami (Sun Life Stadium) and against Ireland in New York (Yankee Stadium) on June 11. They are scheduled to train at Barry University, stay at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami, and catch the first game of the NBA finals if possible (GO SPURS GO!). In New York, the hotel will be the Ritz Carlton. Prior to leaving Spain, the players will receive Audemars Piguet watches from the RFEF via Chocrón, and in Miami a sponsorship deal with Gillette will be presented. Andrés Iniesta will also show up for an event promoting the Liga for the American and Latin American markets.
Back in April, the town of Carboneros (Jaén) held a ceremony to inaugurate their new sports center, which they had named after Álvaro del Bosque. They also named VDB as an honorary tenant farmer of Nuevas Poblaciones. VDB said, “for our family, it’s an honor that Carboneros’ sports center has the name of Álvaro, and for me it’s an immense joy to be named as an honorary tenant farmer.”
Here are a couple of amusing videos of VDB receiving more honors: being knighted by the Volatin Order, named as an honorary member of a brotherhood in Baena, and appearing on the talk show El Hormiguero on May 16 (the first two videos are amusing because VDB is basically in costume). I love VDB – Pablo mentioned that FIFA had named him as coach of the year, and VDB responded it was because of the “stupendous” players around him. His presence on the show was related to his support for a project launched by the show with the organization Juegaterapia (El Hombre de Negro is the honorary president) to build a garden for kids being treated for cancer at the Hospital La Paz in Madrid. VDB had appealed to the public to help El Hormiguero with the project, and now nine months later, he was shown how successful the outcome was. He said he’s very familiar with the hospital, as he lives 300 meters from there, and Madrid’s old Ciudad Deportiva was nearby as well.
During the show, VDB talks about Iker Casillas and his (VDB’s) retirement plans, and tries to be serious with Barrancas and Trancas, who have turned up for the occasion in mini La Roja shirts. He also gets roped in into the show’s normal science experiment, which this time involves lighting shaving cream on fire. And of course, Pablo asks about Pepe Reina. B & T also play a game, where they put VDB’s hair and mustache on famous people and make him guess who they are. Up first? Iker Casillas, then Guti and Iniesta (the results are quite scary, so I won’t show them here). It’s in minute 4 of part 4.
El Hombre de Negro also does an interesting segment with VDB – it’s impossible to describe, so you’ll have to watch the video (part 5 in the link above). During this segment, they showed videos made for VDB starring some of his players. Andrés Iniesta says, “hola míster, ehhhhhh, I hope you have enjoy this tribute that the program has prepared for you, I want to thank you for all these years we’ve had together with the players, the staff, the fans, with all of Spain, and I hope we can continue to celebrate many things. A big hug.” Álvaro Arbeloa says, “congratulations míster for all your successes, and I hope many more are to come.” Xavi says, “well míster, congratulations for everything, have a good time on the show, and I’ll see you soon in the Confederations Cup, and I send you a big hug.” Raúl Albiol says, “congratulations míster, for all your successes, and I hope that continues in the following years for the good of the national team.” Víctor Valdés says, “hola míster, enjoy the program, you deserve this tribute that El Hormiguero has prepared for you, from here I want to thank you for everything you’ve done for us, for the national team and for all the fans. A big hug, and I’ll see you soon.” Xabi Alonso says, “well míster, I see that you’re enjoying the program and you’ve become a classic.” David Villa says, “hola míster, congratulations on all the successes that you have achieved and have yet to achieve, you deserve this tribute and all the ones you’ve received for all that you’ve done for this sport, for all of us, and I hope you enjoy yourself on the show with those guys who are the best, and I hope the successes continue for our national team.” Sergio Ramos rambles, “hola míster, in the first place I want to congratulate you, as do all my teammates, for your great career, for being a magnificent and unique coach, as your successes show, and it’s not just this, because we also have a lot of affection for you as a person, and I hope the coming years will go just as well for us as these last several years with you, and you deserve everything you’ve received, and I hope you have a great future, and if it’s with us, even better. A kiss.” All of them are so sweet!
Here’s the latest spot from Movistar featuring Xabi, Andrés, PF Juan Mata, Pepe Reina and Jesús Navas. Each of the players briefly tells the story of a normal person who is an example to follow, to show that Spain has so much more talent than just its national football team.
And here’s the first ad with Bimbo, which has PF Juan Mata, Sergio, Iker, Andrés and Jordi Alba.
It will also be a busy summer for La Rojita, as the U-21, U-20 and U-19 teams will all be playing.
Julen Lopetegui has already announced the list of players called up for this summer’s U-21 Euro in Israel, which takes place from June 5 to June 18. Spain is in a group with Russia, Germany and the Netherlands and will play them on June 6, June 9 and June 12, respectively. The team began the concentración on May 26, although those players whose teams were still playing for something in the second to last jornada of the Liga were excused until May 27. The players who play in Spain will once again be released on May 29 so that they can train and play with their teams for the last jornada of the Liga season. After a week in Madrid, the team will travel to Tel Aviv on June 3.
Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Diego Mariño, Joel Robles.
Defenders: Martín Montoya, Marc Bartra, Marc Muniesa, Dani Carvajal, Nacho Fernández, Nacho Camacho, Alberto Moreno, Iñigo Martínez, Álvaro González.
Midfielders: Koke Resurrección, Thiago Alcantara, Pablo Sarabia, Isco Alarcón, Asier Illarramendi, Sergio Canales.
Forwards: Iker Muniain, Cristian Tello, Rodrigo Moreno, Álvaro Vázquez, Álvaro Morata.
Meanwhile, the U-20 team will play in the U-20 World Cup to be held in Turkey from June 21 to July 13 (Spain is in Group A with France, Ghana and the United States), and the U-19 team (call-up list here) will also be training at Las Rozas this week as it prepares for the elite round qualifying phase of the U-19 Euro that will be played in Poland from June 5-7.