Spain-Uruguay, a friendly flavored Confederations Cup
The Spanish selection, current world and European champion, and Uruguay are examined this Wednesday in Doha in a friendly as a prelude to the resumption on the road to the World Cup in Brazil 2014, in which it will be a clash that will be repeated this summer in the Confederations Cup. The clash could not be more attractive in terms of the recent successes of both, since the 'Red’ She is the current world and European champion, while the Charruas reached the semifinals in the South African World Cup and are the current champions of America.
Spain does not know the defeat against the charrúa; in his eight previous meetings he has achieved three wins and five draws. The last precedent was in August 2005, Gijon, when the team then led by Luis Aragonés won with two goals from former Valencian player Vicente Rodríguez (2-0).
But nevertheless, It will not be the last time that Spanish and Uruguayans see each other in this 2013. Spain will debut this summer in the Confederations Cup against the ‘celeste’ el 16 of June, in a group that will also include Tahiti, as champion of Oceania, and the champion of Africa, what is being decided these days.
It will not be one more game for Spain; Uruguay is the touchstone to prepare for the qualifying matches of the World Cup in Brazil, against Finland, the 22 of March, and France, the 26 the same month.
Spain will present an atypical appearance. Without several of its strongholds, like captain Iker Casillas or game owners Xavi Hernández and Xabi Alonso, injured, those of Del Bosque will try to show that the relays are also guaranteed.
Precisely the goal, an enclosure limited to Casillas, will be one of the unknowns to clear. Pepe Reina has more international experience with ‘La Roja’, but Víctor Valdés seems to have earned the place of second goalkeeper for his performances in his club in recent times; the culé goalkeeper has played ten games - the last two against Panama in November and against Saudi Arabia in September- and only one official, in the qualifying phase for the European Championship 2012.
The defense could be identical to the one that raised the European Championship last summer, with Álvaro Arbeloa and Jordi Alba on the wings and Sergio Ramos and Gerard Piqué as a solid central pair.
If strange is the vision of the goal without the madridista, so is the midfield without two of his usual, Xabi Alonso and Xavi, injured with their teams in the duels against Granada and Valencia, respectively. His absence could vary the traditional tactical scheme of Spain, grounded on the double pivot; Sergio Busquets will be left without a partner, And predictably Andrés Iniesta will take the glove of putting together the team's game, possibly accompanied by Cazorla or even Cesc Fàbregas.
Above, Pedro Rodríguez and David Silva seem unquestionable in the extremes, while in the absence of figures such as Fernando Torres or Roberto Soldado, Álvaro Negredo will be the reference in the attack point.
The duel could also lead to the debut with "La Roja" by Francisco Román "Isco", that is curdling a spectacular season with Malaga, and Chelsea side César Azpilicueta, who has also received his award for his performances with the under-21s.
Del Bosque equals Kubala
It will also be a special match for the Spanish coach, that will equal Ladislao Kubala, the one who was his only coach during his time as an international, in matches in front of ‘La Roja’. At the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha he will add his number one match 68, with a balance so far of 56 victoria, five draws and six defeats.
Del Bosque will not be the only one who could make history in Qatari lands. The eyes will also focus on the Barcelona central defender Carles Puyol, that stepping on the Khalifa lawn would add up their number match 100 combined with Spanish, a year after playing his last game with the national team and after missing the Eurocup due to injury.
Uruguay, to recover good feelings
The Uruguayan team, South American champion and fourth in the World Cup in South Africa, needs to regain sensation after his recent resounding World Cup qualifying duels. The Óscar Tabarez appear at the event after receiving seven goals in their last official matches in Argentina (3-0) and in Bolivia (4-1), although they calmed the spirits with the victory in the friendly against Poland (1-3).
The charrúas will once again have a luxury trident as their main asset. The former athletic Diego Forlán has returned to the call and could form in attack with Edinson Cavani (Naples) and Luis Suárez (Liverpool). further, Espanyol striker Christian Stuani and Real Sociedad striker Gonzalo ‘Chory’ Castro have re-entered Tabarez's plans.
For the first time, the Spanish team will play in Qatar, in a meeting that, as usual on those dates, It will be for the benefit of the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) and that will serve as preparation for the qualification commitments for the World Cup in Brazil in March against Finland (22) and France (26).