UEFA estimates that 9,000 Spaniards will appear at Wembley to support the Spanish national team, but the atmosphere is far from a European Championship

Spanish fans, upon arrival from Spain at the hotel on Monday.@SeFutbol

At the door of the Marriott Regents Park hotel there is a boy with the red shirt of the Spanish team. Wait patiently and bravely for someone from Spain to appear through the empty hall of the enclosure. To have someone help him out so he can get a ticket to cheer on his team. It’s a windy and rainy London morning. A classic British day, wow. The fact is that in the surroundings of the headquarters of Spain nothing suggested that, tonight, at 8:00 p.m. in England (9:00 p.m. in Spain), the most important match of the era would be played. Luis Enrique. A semifinals that are already the top of the national team since 2012.

The team’s bus is guarded by a security guard, who does not move a millimeter from his position. The four-star hotel, located half an hour from the stadium of Wembley, has accused the passing of the years. There the Spanish team rests in a gray day where there are hardly any signs that invite us to think that it will be the venue for the outcome of the Eurocup. On Monday afternoon, I know that some other fan came, with flags and jerseys, to greet the team.

Sensations on the street that contrast with surprising UEFA estimates. Tonight 65,000 spectators are expected to fill the stadium stands. Of the capacity, 11,000 will cheer on Italy and about 9,000 will push Spain. Quite optimistic forecasts, considering the atmosphere in the British capital. Seeing the excessive calm that is chewed a few meters from the Marriott Regents Park.

Recruit Fans

Yesterday, the Spanish Federation launched a campaign to encourage Spanish residents in London to come and encourage Spain. ‘We need you’ (We need you) was the slogan launched to recruit fans, since, due to the British government’s restrictions due to the pandemic, it was impossible for anyone to travel from the peninsula. Even the prices, either for tickets or for transport, have been an obstacle for some other Spaniards from nearby cities to give up their attempt to go to London.

Because crossing the walls of Wembley is quite an adventure. Apart from the PCR tests, one in Spain and the other exclusively by the authorities of the country, a final antigen test is needed, to be carried out in the vicinity of the stadium. There, despite appearances, the first semifinal of the European Championship will be played, on a grass that has been pampered to the extreme until the last moment. Hence, neither Spain nor Italy have been able to take a turn in training prior to the big duel. Tonight will be your first time.


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