• Short Summary

    SPAIN, ONE OF THE GIANTS OF EUROPEAN SOCCER, ARE ONE OF THE MOST FEARED TEAM IN THE WORLD CUP TO BE PLAYED IN ENGLAND NEXT MONTH.

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    SPAIN, ONE OF THE GIANTS OF EUROPEAN SOCCER, ARE ONE OF THE MOST FEARED TEAM IN THE WORLD CUP TO BE PLAYED IN ENGLAND NEXT MONTH. IN PREPARATION FOR THE CHALLENGE, THE COUNTRY'S TOP 26 PLAYERS ARE UNDERGOING INTENSIVE TRAINING AT SANTIAGO, NORTH-WEST SPAIN.

    SANTIAGO WAS CHOSEN AS THE TRAINING SITE BECAUSE OF ITS LOW ALTITUDE AND WET CLIMATE - CONDITIONS THE SPANIARDS CAN EXPECT IN ENGLAND. THE PLAYERS ARE SPENDING A MONTH THERE, AT THE ENS OF WHICH THE 22 TO MAKE UP THE FINAL TEAM WILL BE CHOSEN.

    AMONG THE CERTAINTIES ARE VETERAL WINGER FRANCISCO GENTO, CAPTAIN OF THE GREAT REAL MADRID, AND 30-YEAR-OLD INSIDE-FORWARD LUIS SUAREZ, ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALLERS WHO WAS TRANSFERRED FROM BARCELONA TO INTERNATIONALE-MILAN FOR GBP220,000 AND HELPED THE ITALIAN CLUB TO TWO EUROPEAN TITLES.

    THE FINAL SELECTION WILL BE MADE BY MANAGER JOSE TIT, ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL COACHES IN EUROPE. HE IS PUTTING HIS SQUAD THROUGH A GRUELLING DAILY ROUND OF TRAINING.

    ALTHOUGH ONE OF THE MOST FEARED TEAMS, SPAIN'S ENTRY INTO THE FINAL WORLD CUP ROUNDS WAS FAR FROM CONVINCING, HAVING TO PLAY OFF AGAINST THE WEAK IRISH REPUBLIC (EIRE). BUT IN 1958, SHE DID NOT EVEN GET THAT FAR. SHE FARED BETTER IN 1962, BEATING MEXICO, BUT LOSING TO BRAZIL, THE EVENTUAL WINNERS, AND RUNNERS-UP CZECHOSLOVAKIA. OVERALL, HER CUP RECORD IS IMPRESSIVE - 16 WINS, EIGHT LOSSES, AND SIX DRAWS.

    BUT THE NATIONAL TEAM'S RECORD HAS FOR YEARS BEEN OVERSHADOWED BY THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF REAL MADRID IN THE EUROPEAN CUP IN THE 1950'S WHEN THE CLUB - CONSIDERED THE GREATEST-EVER - WON THE COMPETITION FOR THE FIRST FIVE YEARS OF ITS EXISTENCE.

    REAL MADRID, WHO ALSO WON THE CUP THIS YEAR, WILL BE WELL REPRESENTED IN THE SPANISH TEAM - FROM GOALKEEPER ANTONIO BETANCOURT TO WINGER AMANCID AMARO. SPAIN'S CHANCES WILL REST LARGELY ON THE SKILL OF SUAREZ AND THE FANTASTIC SPEED OF HER WINGERS, WHO IN ADDITION TO AMARO, AND GENTO, INCLUDE JOSE UFARTE AND CARLES LAPETRA. ON PRESENT INDICATIONS, THEIR PATTERN OF PLAY WILL BE FREE-RUNNING AND FURIOUS ATTACKS BACKED UP BY MIDFIELD ARTISTRY AND AN AGILE DEFENCE.

    AS WELL AS TALENT, THE TEAM WILL TAKE TO ENGLAND BOTTLES OF OLIVE OIL TO RETAIN THE HOME COOKING FLAVOUR. THEIR STRATEGY IS PLOTTED AT A HOTEL IN SANTIAGO, WHERE THE TEAM DINE WELL ON GREEN SALADS AND SHRIMPS.

    AS THEY EAT, LUIS SUAREZ PONDERS FORWARD TACTICS, JOSE IRIBAR MEDITATES ON HOW HE AND BETANCOURT WILL STOP THE BLISTERING ATTACKS, AND FRANCISCO GENTO WONDERS WHETHER THE SUCCESS OF HIS CLUB, REAL MADRID, CAN BE REPEATED BY SPAIN IN THE 1966 WORLD CUP.

    (SPAIN WILL PLAY IN GROUP TWO - AT THE CENTRAL ENGLAND CITY OF BIRMINGHAM - AGAINST ARGENTINA, WEST GERMANY AND SWITZERLAND. FROM BIRMINGHAM, THEY HOPE TO GO SOUTH TO LONDON FOR THE FINAL AT WEMBLEY STADIUM ON JULY 30.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5Y99SS730WDVJ6IVER38SJMXT
    Media URN:
    VLVA5Y99SS730WDVJ6IVER38SJMXT
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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