Spain to visit the White House, meet President Obama
The Spanish national team is on their way to Washington D.C., as they prepare to face El Salvador in their final friendly warm-up ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but before they do, they will make a stop at the White House and meet United States President and football enthusiast, Barack Obama.
Spain will be given a proper sendoff by Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy before the 23-man squad crosses the Atlantic in a specially chartered Airbus 330.
Spain chose Washington D.C. as their final destination in order to adjust to the time change (Brazil is one hour ahead of Washington D.C.) and to adjust to the same humidity and heat that ‘La Furia Roja’ will encounter in Brazil.
The team had originally considered Miami, as they had ahead of the Confederations Cup, but the threat of torrential downpours put a stop to that plan.
Once they are settled in the nation’s capital, 22 of the players will take part in four training sessions, while Diego Costa continues his recovery apart from the team with the physiotherapists, with the hope of rejoining the squad on Wednesday or Thursday.
Spain will then play El Salvador on Friday evening at Washington D.C.’s FedEx field before flying to Curitiba on the 8th.
Once in Curitiba, they will settle into their new home for the next month at the Ciudad Deportiva del Atlético Paranaense, they will then meet the Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff.