Spain begins its concentration for Qatar excited

MADRID, November 14 (.) –

The Spanish soccer team has started this Monday its concentration for the World Cup in Qatar, which will be held from November 20 to December 18, a day of reunions and emotions, especially for the 20 players who will play a Cup for the first time of the world.

The 26 internationals gradually arrived at the Ciudad del Fútbol de Las Rozas (Madrid), and all agreed that they wanted the ball to roll. “I am very happy to be here”, confessed the forward of the FC Barcelona Ansu Fati, one of the novelties of the announcement after missing the last Eurocopa by the serious injury of him. “I was training and watching TV in the locker room, that’s when I found out – about the call-up – and it was enormous happiness”, recalled the Catalan.

“I was very nervous, I couldn’t sleep a wink that night. In the end, I got that award. My family was also a bit nervous and now we’re all very happy”, also recounted the Athletic Club striker Nico Williams, who is coming to the the call of Luis Enrique.

Who was in the last continental tournament was Dani Olmo, who explained how he found out about his call. “I was at the club with my father and my teammates, just before training, and I was very happy when I heard my name. It’s a unique opportunity and we’re going for everything,” said the RB Leipzig striker.

The Asturian coach and his team welcomed all the players summoned and in the afternoon, under the rain, they had their first contact with the pitch to the rhythm of ‘Toke’, the official song of Spain for the World Cup and performed by Chanel Terrero. Only Álvaro Morata -touched after Atlético’s last league match-, Marcos Llorente and César Azpilicueta did alternative work in the gym.

‘La Roja’ will train again this Tuesday morning before traveling to Amman at 3:00 p.m., where they will play their only friendly match in preparation for the tournament against Jordan on Thursday. Already in the early hours of Friday it will arrive in Doha, place of concentration throughout the World Cup; on Wednesday, November 23, they will debut against Costa Rica at the Al Thumama stadium in the Qatari capital.


Also this Monday the internationals have distributed the numbers that they will wear on their shirts in Qatar. One of the most coveted, the ‘9’, will go to culé Pablo Páez Gavira ‘Gavi’, while the ’10’ will be worn by Real Madrid player Marco Asensio, with the Atlético player Álvaro Morata wearing his usual ‘7’.

Meanwhile, Pedri returns to his original number, ’26’ -which he already wore in the European Championship-, after wearing ’21’ in his last official match. Ansu Fati, for his part, will keep the ’25’, and Nico Williams, with the ’12’.

Robert Sánchez (1), César Azpilicueta (2), Eric García (3), Pau Torres (4), Sergio Busquets (5), Marcos Llorente (6), Koke (8), Ferran Torres (11), David Raya ( 13), José Luis Gayà (14), Hugo Guillamón (15), Rodri (16), Yeremy Pino (17), Jordi Alba (18), Carlos Soler (19), Dani Carvajal (20), Dani Olmo (21) , Pablo Sarabia (22), Unai Simón (23) and Aymeric Laporte (24) will share the rest of the numbers.


In addition, the team received a visit this Monday from the Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta; the Secretary of State for Sport and President of the Higher Sports Council (CSD), José Manuel Franco; and the General Secretary for Culture and Sports, Víctor Francos.

The president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, and the sports director of the RFEF, José Francisco Molina, hosted the institutional visit, in which the political leaders were able to chat with the coach Luis Enrique Martínez and the captains Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba.

Iceta, Franco and Francos have had kind words for the coach and for the captains and later they have greeted the rest of the delegation. “Come back with the second star”, the minister has asked the footballers.


GOALKEEPERS: Unai Simón (Athletic), Robert Sánchez (Brighton) and David Raya (Brentford).

DEFENSES: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Eric García (FC Barcelona), Hugo Guillamón (Valencia), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Jordi Alba (FC Barcelona) and José Luis Gayà (Valencia).

MIDFIELDS: Sergio Busquets (FC Barcelona), Rodri (Manchester City), Gavi (FC Barcelona), Carlos Soler (PSG), Marcos Llorente (Atlético), Pedri (FC Barcelona) and Koke (Atlético).

FORWARDS: Ferran Torres (FC Barcelona), Nico Williams (Athletic), Yéremi Pino (Villarreal), Álvaro Morata (Atlético), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Pablo Sarabia (PSG), Dani Olmo (Leipzig) and Ansu Fati (FC Barcelona).

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