key dates on the road to Brazil

Four years, one world title and 1,109 (!) posts ago, I started this blog with a post titled “Key dates on the road to South Africa.”  I can’t believe four years have already gone by, and now we’re about to start defending our world title in Brazil.

May 31 – Vicente del Bosque announces the list of 23 players chosen to represent Spain for the 2014 World Cup.

June 2 – start of concentración.   Team trains at Las Rozas, is sent off by President Mariano Rajoy and travels to Washington D.C.

June 3 – arrival in the United States, beginning of four training sessions at the Catholic University of America RFK Memorial Stadium in Washington (the venue was changed due to the bad lighting and poor condition of the grounds at the school).  According to AS, the team will make time to meet American President Barack Obama at the White House.  The team will stay at the Mandarin Oriental hotel.

Information on the stay in Washington can be found here.

June 7 – Spain plays El Salvador in a friendly at FedEx Field (22h, 16h local time).

June 8 – La Roja travels to Curitiba, our headquarters for the tournament, will stay and train at Atlético Paranaense’s Caju Training Center.

June 13 – Spain plays the Netherlands in Salvador in the first game of the group stage.

June 18 – Spain plays Chile in Rio de Janeiro in the second game of the group stage.

June 23 – Spain plays Australia in Curitiba in the third game of the group stage.

Let’s go La Roja!

Posted on June 2, 2014, in team. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Any leads on whereabouts they’ll be staying while in DC, besides Catholic University? I’m in the States for the summer and am thinking of skipping work to take a bus down and stalk them!!! :)

  2. Thank you for giving us 4 years of wonderful posts and memories! Looking forward to more this summer! :)

  3. Also, according to this morning’s Washington Post, the practices have been moved from Catholic to RFK stadium as Catholic’s pitches were substandard. Makes sense, really, as the university is on the other side of town from the Mandarin Oriental (and RFK is quite near). The downside is that they’re apparently closed practices.

  4. does anybody know what time they have practice and what hotel they are staying at and what airport there leaving from and what time?

  5. Thank you so much for your dedication and hard work Una, four years is a long time. You are the reason I love for this team, thanks to all the lovely information and photos and translations you post! I am really grateful for this blog’s existence. Whenever anybody asks about the team I will immediately show them this blog- in my opinion the most concise and entertaining blog about La Roja. Cheers!

  6. fantastic blog! have been following since the 2010 world cup. keep them updates coming

  7. erikakdowning

    I went to the game today so if you want any pictures or a summary of the game I can give that to you!

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