I’m still finding myself incredibly short of time, meaning I haven’t had time to put anything together before Spain’s World Cup debut today. However, I did want to get started on the El País Q&As, which are back for this World Cup! As expected, the questions are as obscure and bizarre as ever! The first
victim player to face the Q&A was Koke Resurrección.
Who scored the first goal of the World Cup competition? I have no idea.
Which player has scored the most goals in the history of the World Cup? Ronaldo.
Here are two more new spots starring our boys, courtesy of Movistar and Cruzcampo.
In the Movistar spot, which is titled “We will make as much as an effort as all of you,” the question “How to motivate stars who have already won everything?” is posed. Therefore, Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina, Andrés Iniesta, Juanfran Torres and Santi Cazorla are sent undercover, in disguise, to get up close and personal with the fans.
They get wigs, mustaches or beards, and in some cases glasses. Santi ends up looking exactly like Mario of Super Mario (were they inspired by his Arsenal Christmas party outfit?), while Juanfran bears more than a passing resemblance to Luigi, complete with green hat and all.
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 has returned to Soccer City (now FNB Stadium) for the first time since winning the World Cup there on July 11, 2010. La Roja will play South Africa in a friendly tonight at 20h. Of the 23 players who were crowned champions with Spain on that unforgettable night, 15 have traveled with the team for this trip, and according to prognostics, VDB will try and play as many of them tonight as possible. There are six more (Puyol, Piqué, Xavi, Cesc, Torres, Silva) who could make the final list for Brazil. Only two (Capdevila, Marchena) no longer figure in VDB’s plans.
Just being back in South Africa brought back many memories for our team.
I don’t have time for a proper post (sorry), so here’s a very brief one on tonight’s game against Ecuador (22h). This is only the second time that Spain has faced Ecuador – the first time was a friendly back in 2003 in Madrid. Spain won that game 4-0 behind one goal from Javier de Pedro and a hat trick from Fernando Morientes (“Morientres”). Iker is the only player called up for tonight’s game that also played a decade ago.