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Spain Trains At Dolphins Facility Ahead of Friendly With Haiti

By on June 8, 2013 at 8:51 am

IMG_2148Ahead of Saturday afternoon’s friendly with Haiti, the Spanish national soccer team held a training session at the Miami Dolphins’ Doctors Hospital Training Facility in Davie, Fla.

There was a modification to the original training schedule because of some inclement weather that passed through the South Florida area late Friday. What had initially been scheduled as back-to-back open practices at Sun Life Stadium turned into an hour-long practice session inside the Dolphins’ practice bubble, where futbol players hit the football field.

Spain’s biggest stars — some of the most well-known players in the world — have made the trip and were there Friday night, including David Villa, Fernando Torres, Gerard Pique, Xavi, et al.

The team worked through a series of drills, primarily focusing on passing and ball control, while also conducting an intricate rundown of stretches to begin loosening up for Saturday’s match.

Whereas a media session at the facility typically means players and coaches are asked about things like a “4-3 defense” or a “pass-heavy West Coast offense,” on Friday night, with the Spanish soccer press corps assembled, it was all about big-time international soccer coming to South Florida. After Vincente Del Bosque, the Spanish national team’s manager, held court, Cesc Fabergas and Torres arrived on stage, the latter saying that he and his teammates were very lucky to have the opportunity to play in Miami.

Spain is traveling to South Florida as a part of its preparations for the Confederations Cup in Brazil. After Saturday’s 4 p.m. match with Haiti at Sun Life Stadium, the Spanish team will move on to New York, where it is scheduled to play Ireland on June 11 at Yankee Stadium.

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