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!
Unsurprisingly, the tributes are pouring in for Luis Aragónes. Here, I’ve translated pieces written by Fernando Torres, Iker Casillas and Xavi Hernández, plus interviews with Álvaro Arbeloa and Pepe Reina, as well as a sampling of messages via Twitter from Luis’ players. There’s also a piece written by Luis himself, where he reflects on the Eurocopa. DEP Míster (y tal).
Luis Aragónes. 1938-2014.
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 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!
Our opponent tonight in the semifinal of the Confecup (21h) is Italy, who is only in the tournament because we won the World Cup, and then beat them in the final of the Euro last year. Let’s do it again! At stake is a place in the final, where Brazil is waiting after having avoided a repeat of the “Maracanazo.”
Well, I think Tahiti has become my favorite rival out of all those whom Spain has played. The reason is not because Spain managed to score 10 goals, but rather for what happened before the game and after the game. Plus, the Tahitians got many of our boys to remove their shirts, so how could we not love them?