Category Archives: team

a look back at 2014

This year, 2014, wasn’t the best one for La Roja (that may be an understatement) as it will always be remembered for that spectacular collapse in Brazil.

In 2014, Spain played 12 games, winning seven, mostly against weaker teams (Italy, Bolivia, El Salvador, Australia, Macedonia, Luxembourg and Belarus) and losing five (the Netherlands, Chile, France, Slovakia and Germany), with 22 goals scored and 12 allowed.

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the list for Belarus and Germany

Vicente del Bosque has announced the list of call-ups for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus (Nov. 15, 20:45h at the Nuevo Colombino in Huelva) and the friendly against Germany (Nov. 18, 20:45h at the Balaídos in Vigo).

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, David de Gea, Kiko Casilla.

Defenders: Juanfran Torres, Gerard Piqué, Raúl Albiol, Sergio Ramos, César Azpilicueta, Jordi Alba, Marc Bartra.

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Koke Resurrección, Santi Cazorla, Cesc Fàbregas,* Juan Bernat, Raúl García, Ignacio Camacho, José Callejón, Isco Alcarcón, Bruno Soriano*.

Forwards: Pedro Rodríguez, Paco Alcácer, Manuel “Nolito” Agudo, Álvaro Morata.

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the list for Slovakia and Luxembourg

Vicente del Bosque has announced the list of players called up for the upcoming Euro qualifiers against Slovakia (Oct. 9, 20:45h in Žilina) and Luxembourg (Oct. 12, 20:45h, Luxembourg City).

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, David de Gea, Kiko Casilla.

Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Juanfran Torres, Gerard Piqué, Raúl Albiol, Sergio Ramos*, César Azpilicueta, Jordi Alba, Marc Bartra*.

Midfielders: Ander Iturraspe, Sergio Busquets, Koke Resurrección, Andrés Iniesta, Santi Cazorla, Cesc Fàbregas, David Silva, Juan Bernat, Raúl García. 

Forwards: Rodrigo Moreno, Pedro Rodríguez, Diego Costa, Paco Alcácer.

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the list for France and Macedonia

Spain’s first games since the World Cup disaster are coming up.  They are a friendly against France in Paris on Sept. 4 (21h), followed by the first qualifier for the 2016 Euro, which will be against Macedonia on Sept. 8 in Valencia (20:45h).  This list of players called up was announced today.

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, David de Gea, Kiko Casilla.

Defenders: Juanfran Torres, Dani Carvajal, Mikel San José, Sergio Ramos, Marc Bartra, Jordi Alba, César Azpilicueta, Raúl Albiol.

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Ander Iturraspe, David Silva, Koke Resurrección, Cesc Fàbregas, Andrés Iniesta,* Isco Alarcón, Santi Cazorla.

Forwards:  Pedro Rodríguez, Diego Costa, Paco Alcácer, Raúl García.

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… we all knew it would end one day, we just didn’t expect it would end in this fashion.  It was beautiful while it lasted, and I have no doubt that while this may be the end of a cycle, a new one is on the verge of beginning.  I mean, look at how talented and exciting our next generation of players are!  They will play wonderfully with the current team.

And I have to thank this current generation of players for giving us six years of not only beautiful football, but also camaraderie, union and teamwork.  And let’s not forget the tremendous joy we got each time they hoisted up a trophy.  Gracias, muchísimas gracias.

¡todos con La Roja!

Let’s do it again Spain, let’s win tonight!  ¡A por ellos!

I miss those dark blue jerseys.

remaining optimistic

Well, we didn’t get off to the best start in the World Cup, did we?  Then again, we started off the 2010 edition with a loss, and went on to win the whole thing.  What I’m saying is that there’s no need to give up on La Roja yet.  It’s easy to be pessimistic; in fact that would be the easy way out and the tendency for those fans who remember clearly the years before 2008.  But there are two more games to go, and who knows what will happen.  Crazier things have occurred in a World Cup.  This team has heart, the ability to move past this and the determination to make their country and fans happy, and that can go a long way.

And we still have the possibility of moving onto the next round.  The odds might not be as high as we would like it to be, but it remains possible nevertheless.

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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!

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