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yo te seguiré…

The video for Maldita Nerea’s song “Buena energía” featuring (I use that word lightly) Xavi Hernández on the drums, Diego Costa on the bongo and Iker Casillas, Jordi Alba and César Azpilicueta on the tambourine is out!

And of course, the boys are adorable, and the song is catchy!  I expect we’ll be hearing it a lot in the coming months (the song comes out today).

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all set for Italy!

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!

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gracias Luis

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.

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all set for Finland!

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).

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all set for Brazil!

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!

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all set for Italy!

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.”

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ICYMI – Spain vs. Tahiti

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?

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Xavi – El País Confecup Q&A

Xavi didn’t disappoint in his El País Q&A!  And of course, he knew the answers to the football-related questions.

He’s called Pelopo, he’s a Premio Príncipe de Asturias winner and he was born in Terrassa in 1980.  He’ll marry Núria this summer in Blanes.  He’s happy, and you can see it on his face.  After his family, friends and football, nothing makes him happier than buying a pair of shoes.  He fell apart laughing during the Q&A, and at the end, he said thank you.  A phenomenon.

What is Pelé’s name?  Edson Arantes do Nascimento.

What is a folha seca?  A shot that ¡flu! drops very quickly.

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