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!
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?
It was so fun seeing many of the players of La Roja like little kids when they attended what was for most of them their first ever NBA game! They talked about how excited they were, they posed for pictures with everything from trophies and rings to players, the stadium and each other, and they watched with rapt attention as the Spurs beat Miami 92-88 to go up 1-0 in the series. I think they had a good time, even the Heat fans!
The boys all looked very happy to be back together again, and we are also happy to have our team back together again, no?
Let’s go win that Confecup!
Keep in mind somos España as we take on France at 21h tonight, with a spot in the 2014 World Cup at stake. Luckily for us, these two guys are scheduled to play.
Spain will debut a completely red kit (shirt, shorts, socks) for the game! Let’s go La Roja!
And we continue with the chapter “Champions of the World” in Más secretos de la Roja! In this excerpt, we find out what went on before and after the games against Switzerland, Honduras and Chile.
Switzerland (June 16, Moses Mabhida, Durban).
Spain and Switzerland were the last teams to play out of the 32. Spain used the same formula for the game. It had the ball and frequently got close to the rival goal. Arbeloa said, “I remember that 15 minutes into the game, I told Albiol that if we continued like this, no one could beat us. We were playing so well…” But the minutes passed and the goal didn’t come. In the 51st minute, Switzerland scored a goal. Casillas said, “the game could be summed up in that play. It was a real misfortune.” To make matters worse, Piqué suffered a cut above his eye and needed two stitches. Iniesta lost feeling in the back of his right thigh after receiving a blow and had to be taken out: “I was quite scared. I thought I had suffered something more serious than what I really had.”
¡Feliz navidad y próspero año nuevo! I hope 2013 brings World Cup qualification and the Confederations Cup to La Roja, and on an individual basis, I’d love to see Carles Puyol and Sergio Ramos reach their 100th caps with Spain!
(Fingers crossed that the Reyes Magos are bringing me Xabi Alonso this year…)
This morning, Vicente del Bosque read out the list for Spain’s upcoming friendly against Puerto Rico in Bayamón on Aug. 15.
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, Víctor Valdés.
Defenders: Álvaro Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Raúl Albiol, Gerard Piqué, Nacho Monreal, Juanfran Torres.
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Santi Cazorla, Cesc Fàbregas, Andrés Iniesta, David Silva, Jesús Navas.
Forwards: Pedro Rodríguez, Fernando Llorente, Fernando Torres.
The team will meet up at 10h on Aug. 13 in Barajas’ T4; their flight is scheduled to depart for San Juan at 11h Madrid time, arriving at 13h local time. The Real Madrid players will join the team in Puerto Rico, as they are already in the United States. The team will stay at the Ritz Carlton San Juan, and return to Madrid on Aug. 15 at 20:30h local time, arriving back in Spain on the morning of Aug. 16.
¡Nos vemos en Puerto Rico! (Video here).