PREVIEW: Friendly - Spain v Uruguay

imageFOOTBALL - On Wednesday, 6 Februay, Doha, Qatar, will play host to a friendly between world champions Spain and Uruguay. The incomparable @2010MisterChip has shared some stats with us. Click Read More to see them.

> Spain and Uruguay have met eight times (1950 World Cup, 1990 World Cup and six friendlies), La Roja are unbeaten in these with three wins and five draws. All Spanish victories have come in friendly matches within their borders (Madrid, Oviedo and Gijón).

 > The first match between Spain and Uruguay took place on 7 September 1950, in Sao Paulo. The match ended in a draw, 2-2, with goals from Ghiggia, Valera and Basora (2). Seven days later came the legendary Maracanazo and Spain remained the only team that did not lose to Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup.

> Spain have never lost a match against a South American team other than Brazil or Argentina. In his 32 matches against Bolivia (1), Chile (9), Colombia (2), Ecuador (1), Paraguay (4), Peru (3), Uruguay (8) and Venezuela (4), Spain have 23 wins and 9 draws, scoring 67 goals and conceding just 20.

> Spain will play against a continental champion (Uruguay won the 2011 Copa América) for the 32nd time in history. In their 31 previous to date, La Roja have racked up 17 wins, six draws and eight losses. In their last two efforts at that (USA in 2009 and Mexico in 2010), Spain failed to win.

> Uruguay have faced a reigning world champion 17 times, totalling four wins, five draws and eight defeats. Uruguay have not toppled reigning world champions for nearly a quarter century (Uruguay 2-0 Argentina, 14 July 1989).

> Spain will play in Asia for the sixth time, after five matches at the World Cup in Korea and Japan, in which Spain went undefeated (three wins and two draws). This is the first occasion on which a reigning world champion will be playing in Doha, Qatar.

> After Ivory Coast’s elimination at the hands of Nigeria in the quarterfinals of the African Cup, Spain currently own the longest running undefeated streak in the world (17 from the defeat at Wembley). Behind Spain come North Korea, on 13 consecutive games unbeaten.

> Iker Casillas had not missed a call with the Spanish since 22 August 2007, when Spain beat Greece 3-2 in Thessaloniki. The captain of La Roja had, since then, registered 83 uninterrupted appearances.

> Carles Puyol will captain the Spanish side for the first time in more than three years (12 August 2009).

 > Carles Puyol will be the seventh player and the first Spain defender, to reach 100 caps, after Andoni Zubizarreta, Raúl, Iker Casillas, Xavi, Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres. Only five countries have produced more centurions than Spain: USA (11), Mexico (9), Egypt (8), South Korea (8) and Germany (8). It should be noted that six of the seven Spanish centurions have reached this milestone in the last seven years.

> Spain could field nine players from the same club (FC Barcelona) for the first time in its history. Spain has only played with eight players from the same team on two occasions: on 14 October 1959 (eight by FC Barcelona) and 12 October 1961 (eight by Real Madrid).


Stats courtesy of @2010MisterChip