Spain looks to emulate World Cup in run-up

MADRID: Spain is likely to play two international friendlies in the run-up to the World Cup in conditions that would emulate the altitude in South Africa.

According to the Spanish football federation’s Web site, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque would like to play one game at sea level in Spain and one in a Central European country to match the altitude the European champions will face in the group stage.

Spain plays Switzerland at sea level in Durban on June 16, and then takes on Honduras and Chile at altitude in Johannesburg and Pretoria. The federation says it is looking at playing the second friendly – in Germany, Switzerland or Austria – against a team that has also qualified for the World Cup.

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