Spain has already qualified for the World Cup by winning Group I in UEFA. South Africa didn’t qualify for the tournament however. Nothing is on the line in this one, it is just an international friendly. The only thing for either squad to gain is experience. Spain will likely use some players with fewer caps to get them some quality international experience in a hostile environment before the World Cup.
For Spain it is also a trip down memory lane. They won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
“This trip to South Africa is our way of saying thanks to this country for being so kind to us,” Sergio Ramos said, via ESPN FC.
“It’s more convenient to travel around Europe but there are countries in the world that have the right to enjoy seeing the world champions in action, whether that’s in a match or a training session.”
“Every team that we meet wants to play as well as possible because beating the world champions is so significant,” he added. “South Africa have quality and a strong team and we hope everyone will see a great spectacle.”
Date: November 19
Start Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Stadium: FNB Stadium
TV Info: Not televised in the United States or Canada
Live Stream: ESPN 3, or Watch ESPN App
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