Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Adios Amigos!

The international friendly scheduled for October 14 between the U.S. and Catalonia has been cancelled, reports Yanks Abroad.

The cited reason: a scheduling conflict with the Spanish national team's Euro 2008 qualifier against Denmark on the 13th and a friendly the following Wednesday against Finland. This, despite the Catalan Federation's committment not to call-up any Spanish national team players. Sounds like some internal Spanish politics to me. Wonder what the media reaction is like in Barcelona? Could this be the straw that breaks the camel's back and will there be outright civil war in Espana?

Yeah, a little bit of hyperbole there. But my favorite part: "When questioned as to the timing of the vote, six weeks from the scheduled kickoff, Carretero explained it first had to be discussed by the federation directors who had not met since July due to the Spanish vacation schedule."

I can vouch that the timing is by no means unusual for Spain. You can't expect any action in August. Six weeks 'til kickoff actually strikes me as rather ahead of schedule! So, we suddenly have an open date. Who should we try to plug the gap with?

1 comment:

Rhys Wynne said...

When Wales played a friendly againt the Basque Country in May 2006 the Spanish FA did all they could to mess both FA's about. It finally took place, but had to be moved back 24 hours to a Sunday evening meaning that a lot of Welsh fans missed the game as they'd booked return flights for that afternoon.

(Don't know if the Catalans would appreciate being called Amigo's!)