The Road to Brazil series are a collection of scheduled matches that will be played in various parts of the United States. All set to take place right before the official kick-off of the World Cup, these series of friendly games between different countries is the ideal opportunity for the participating national teams to polish their game, finalize their line-up and perfect their field strategies for the big show. The Road to Brazil games have been organized under the jurisdiction of Major League Soccer and this year, they will host teams such as Bosnia and Herzogovina, Israel, Turkey, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Bolivia. The games are scheduled for May and June of this year, and will provide the selected teams with the ideal warm up for the World Cup itself.
Two of the national soccer teams that are all set to face each other are Spain and El Salvador. Their friendly is the last game of the series and fans are pumped to see the reigning kings of soccer go against the underdogs before Spain flies out to Brazil. This exhibition game will allow Spain to sharpen its skills, sketch out the final changes and get their head in the game before they’re ready to head out into the real deal. Spain has been one of the most successful national teams, and they are also the current champions of the FIFA World Cup of 2010. This year, they head back into the field to defend their title and hopefully take back another victory cup.
The Spanish National soccer team was established in 1909. Lovingly called “La Furia Roja,” i.e. The Red Fury, the Spanish team has become indomitable over the years. They are currently ranked as the number one team in the world by FIFA’s official rankings and their lowest ranking over the past years has never fallen below twenty five. This year, the team returns under the leadership of Head Coach Vincente del Bosque. Bosque was also responsible for the team’s first World Cup win in 2010 and this year, he is just as determined to take the team through to the finals. Fans and excited and expectations are high all around for the team to deliver yet another riveting and super successful World Cup performance.
The twenty three men selected this year for the official squad are some of the best in international football. The team for this year features sixteen of the star players from last year’s winning line-up such as Iker Casillas, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, David Villa, Sergio Busquets and Fernando Torres. Apart from these world class players, new blood has also been introduced, such as David de Gea and Diego Costa. The team looks promising and fans have hope that they will give their best to the game. This year’s squad also sees the departure of one of Spain’s finest; Puyol. Carles Puyol was a central defender who is often regarded as one of the most agile and ruthless defenders in the game. This year, he announced his early retirement on account of his health. The news left fans heartbroken and everyone celebrated the legacy that Puyol left behind. While Puyol remains active in the world of soccer, he will no longer be playing as part of the national team in this World Cup.
Despite the few hiccups that the team might have experienced, the Fury is ready to take the field by storm. This year will be the fourteenth time that the squad appears for the World Cup. Previously, they have been a strong team on the field and have often excelled to the Quarter Finals stage. They hold numerous Worldwide and Nationwide records such the holding the highest winning streak in consecutively played games, most international goals by a player and most hat-tricks scored. With one of the strongest past records, this is one team that every soccer fan has their eyes on. To watch them live, get Exhibition Spain tickets now.