Spain takes on Italy tonight in a friendly at the Vicente Calderón (Madrid) at 22h. There are several things of note about this game. It is the last time La Roja is together before the concentración for the World Cup begins on May 26, the game will serve as a tribute to the late and great Luis Aragonés and as the stage for the debut of the new black jerseys, and of course this will be the first time we see Diego Costa in the shirt of Spain. All eyes have been on him the entire week, although I have to admit mine were focused on Azpi’s dimples instead!
During the last concentración back in November, the boys filmed their holiday messages. With 2014 being a World Cup year, it was no surprise that the shiny gold trophy was mentioned time and again.
I do hope that 2014 will bring us many successes, including of course the World Cup.
Spain plays Chile tonight (20h) in Geneva, in a battle of the “La Roja” teams!
Spain takes on Finland tonight (20:30h) in its sixth (out of eight) qualifier for the 2014 World Cup. At present, Spain leads Group I with 11 points, followed closely by France with 10 points (France will play Georgia tonight).
Spain will be taking on Brazil in the final of the Confecup (Monday, 00h) after beating Italy following an agonizing penalty shootout that luckily had a happy ending.
Hopefully we’ll be able to pull off another Maracanazo and add to our trophy collection the only one that has resisted us so far!
Spain takes on Nigeria today (21h) in Fortaleza in its third and final game of the first round of the Confecup. The players who started the first game against Uruguay will most likely return (or stay on in the case of Sergio Ramos), while Víctor Valdés will take over the goal. To finish atop Group B (and face Italy), Spain needs at least a tie.
I won’t get around to La Rojita’s campeones post until later this week, so in the meantime, here’s one on La Roja, who takes on Tahiti today (21h) at the legendary Maracanã in Rio in their second game of the Confederations Cup.
The El País Q&As are back, and the questions are as obscure as ever! In a nod to Brazil hosting the tournament and Spain’s first rival, there is a South American twist to the questions. And of course, the obligatory animal question. The first player in the hot seat was Raúl Albiol (you can see VDB’s here).
What is Pelé’s name? What is Pelé’s name? I have no idea.
What is a folha seca? A type of kick.