This morning at the Ciudad de Fútbol, Vicente del Bosque announced the list of 26 players called up for this summer’s tour in the U.S. and the Confederations Cup in Brazil (three players will be cut after the last matchday of the Liga season this weekend) including all of the players above.
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, Víctor Valdés.
Defenders: Raúl Albiol, Álvaro Arbeloa, César Azpilicueta, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal.
Midfielders: Xavi Hernández, Javi Martínez, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Santi Cazorla, Andrés Iniesta, Jesús Navas, Juan Mata, Cesc Fàbregas, David Silva, Javi García, Beñat Etxebarria.
Forwards: Fernando Torres, Pedro Rodríguez, David Villa, Roberto Soldado.
Fernando Torres, Javi Martínez, Javi García, César Azpilicueta and Roberto Soldado are the relatively new faces. With respect to the 2012 Eurocopa, Fernando Llorente, Juanfran and Álvaro Negredo did not make it. Who are you most excited to see?
UPDATE: The three players who did not make the final list are Javi García and Beñat Etxebarria, due to the coach’s decision, and Xabi Alonso, due to a groin injury.
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!
There are many things to look forward to in tonight’s game (20:45h)! This game will be Sergio Ramos’ 100th with Spain, and he’ll achieve it at the age of 26 years and 358 days, the youngest Spanish player and seventh youngest in the world to do so. This game will also be Vicente del Bosque’s 69th one in charge of La Roja, pushing him past Ladislao Kubala as coach with the most games under his belt. And of course, as the game is being played in Gijón, it will be a homecoming of sorts for La Roja’s three asturianos – PF Juan Mata, David Villa and Santi Cazorla!
On the second day of the concentración, the players were made available to the press, and all of them were in high demand with journalists. Sergio Ramos was especially sought after, as he will be joining a select club of players after playing in his 100th game for Spain against Finland. Here’s a sampling of the interviews. We’ll start off with Sergio and Marca. The pictures – showing Sergio unveiling and posing with a huge blown up cover – are priceless.
One hundred games, 100 sensations. How would you sum up this long journey with La Roja?
It was a dream come true the day of my debut against China in Salamanca. And then remaining part of this team was the most complicated part. I would keep the three titles, because the successes are the cherry on top. I believe having two Eurocopas and one World Cup at my age is hard to beat. But I hope that the team can continue to win titles.
What does the shirt mean to you?
Strength, compromise, values, everything.
The concentración for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Finland and France began on Tuesday morning. Surprisingly, as the players began arriving, there were no major fashion failures (emphasis on the word “major” since some of the players, in the simple act of choosing their own clothes, commit fashion crimes).
A random assortment of recent and not so recent La Roja-related things – consider this post a warm-up for the international week!
Pepe Reina stars in a short film, “Invictus – El Correo del César,” which premiered at the Teatro Compac Gran Vía in Madrid on Monday. The film is part of insurance company Plus Ultra’s (formerly Groupama) promotional campaign, as Pepe is their spokesperson (he took over from Iker Casillas – remember the famous “me siento seguroooo…”?).
Pepe stars as one of the Roman empire’s messengers. He is tasked with bringing a message to Rome but of course runs into some trouble along the way.
The director of the short film, Javier Fesser, said of Pepe, “he acts better than some of those who have actor’s cards.”
I thought it would be nice ahead of tonight’s clásico (and all the craziness that can arise from these games) to take a look back at how Real Madrid and Barcelona players (and other teams’ players) worked together to achieve the greatest triumph in Spanish football history. So, here is the chapter from Más secretos about the 2010 World Cup final.
By the way, are Luca Villa and Luca Reina destined to be best friends, or are they destined to be best friends?
We continue with this walk down memory lane – I am really loving reliving the excitement and joy we felt during the World Cup, because when it was actually happening, it was too nerve-wracking and suspenseful! Today, we see how Spain successively beat Portugal, Paraguay and Germany to set up a final showdown with The Netherlands.