Spain’s last game against Oz a matter of pride

Spain fans are hoping their team will be motivated enough to avoid the embarrassment of exiting the World Cup without registering a single point when they face Australia on Monday.

Spain's last game against Oz a matter of pride
The world and European champions have already been eliminated thanks to defeats to Chile and the Netherlands. Photo: Martin Bernetti/AFP

The world and European champions have already been eliminated thanks to defeats to Chile and the Netherlands, bringing to an end a wonderful six-year run in which they won three consecutive major tournaments.

“We are at a World Cup, we may be eliminated but we need to win and take some points so that we are not last in the group,” said the former Real Madrid man.

“We are representing our country and these are the last 90 minutes.

“Unfortunately we will be going home afterwards, but the fact it is a World Cup is enough to motivate us.”

Elimination in Brazil is expected to bring about a changing of the guard in the Spain side with the likes of Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernandez and possibly even captain Iker Casillas set to retire from international football.

However, Manchester City playmaker David Silva insisted he would not be among those to have played his last match for La Roja.

“There are some that are getting older and there is a younger generation coming with a lot of desire and the capability to offer a lot to the team,” he said.

“But I will continue. I still think I am young and hope to continue helping the national team if the manager continues to count on us,” added the 28-year-old.

Albiol is likely to be handed his first action of the tournament against Australia as Vicente Del Bosque is expected to make wholesale changes from the side that struggled to contain the intensity and pace of Chile and the Netherlands.

Barcelona's Gerard Pique is unlikely to be recalled, though, as he was unable to take part in training on Saturday due to a muscular problem and is a doubt for the game in Curitiba.

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Spain proposes 2030 World Cup bid shared with Morocco and Portugal

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday that he had pitched the idea of a joint bid between his country, Portugal and Morocco to host the 2030 World Cup.

Spain proposes 2030 World Cup bid shared with Morocco and Portugal
Spain won the world cup in 2010. Photo: AFP

“I made the proposal, firstly to the government then to King Mohammed VI to launch a shared application with Morocco, Portugal and Spain to host the 2030 World Cup,” Sanchez said in Rabat after a meeting with the monarch.   

“It will be the first two-continent application, with Europe and Africa, and King Mohammed VI welcomed the proposal warmly.”   

Earlier this year the King ordered the Royal Moroccan Football Federation to launch their own World Cup bid but the office of the Moroccan prime minister, Saad Eddine el Othmani, refused to comment on Sanchez's statement when contacted by AFP.

The north African country has failed five times to bring the tournament to the southern shores of the Mediterranean, with the United States, Canada and Mexico most recently beating them to the 2026 competition.   

Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay have proposed a bid to coordinate the 2030 event, which will mark 100 years since the first tournament.   

Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia are also considering a joint bid, as are the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.   

The official bidding process is set to being in 2020.

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