May 30, 2013
Spain to bring in its best players for June 11 friendly vs. Ireland at Yankee Stadium
Spanish national team coach Vicente del Bosque has announced a preliminary roster for his teamís international friendly against Ireland at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, June 11 at Yankee Stadium.
The star-studded roster includes some of the best players in the world, including goalkeeper Iker Casillas, defenders Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos, midfielders Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi Hernandez and forwards Juan Mata, David Silva, David Villa and Fernando Torres.
Of the 26 players provisionally named to the Spanish squad listed below, 23 will make the trip to Yankee Stadium for the friendly, which will serve as preparation for Spainís opening match in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil only five days later.
The provisional roster includes 19 players that were part of Spainís 2010 World Cup championship team in South Africa and 20 who won the 2012 UEFA European Championship in Poland and the Ukraine. The team also features 14 players from FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Spain is ranked No. 1 in the world by FIFA, having won the 2010 World Cup and each of the last two UEFA European Championships in 2008 and 2012. The Spaniards are undefeated in their last 20 matches dating back to Nov. 15, 2011, recording a 16-0-4 mark.
Kickoff time for the match is 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale at www.yankees.com/soccer and www.ticketmaster.com.
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The match will mark the fourth soccer match at the current Yankee Stadium and the second this year. On May 25, Manchester City defeated Chelsea, 5-3, as Manchester Cityís Samir Nasri and Chelseaís Ramires each registered a pair of goals before a crowd of 39,462. Last July 22, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain played to a 1-1 draw in front of 38,202 fans, and last Aug. 8, a sellout crowd of 49,474 watched Cristiano Ronaldo score two goals to help Real Madrid defeat A.C. Milan, 5-1.
The current Yankee Stadium carries on the soccer tradition of the original Yankee Stadium, which hosted some of the most famous teams in world soccer, including Manchester United, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona, A.C. Milan, Juventus, Napoli, Celtic, Benfica and Sparta Prague, along with the national teams of England, Israel, Italy and the United States. Pele, who many consider the greatest player of all time, called Yankee Stadium home in 1976, when he played for the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League.
Goalkeepers (3): Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona).
Defenders (7): Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid).
Midfielders (9): Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Javi Garcia (Manchester City), Benat Etxebarria (Real Betis).
Forwards (7): Juan Mata (Chelsea), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), David Villa (Barcelona), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Roberto Soldado (Valencia).