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Jun 20, 200914:30 Live
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Stadium: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
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The match will see the 2008 European champions play as the home side. Will this power them to kick hard the hosts, South Africa?
South Africa may be ranked more than 70 places behind Spain, but if their players do not match La Roja’s big stars, the euphoric atmosphere created by the home fans might mesmerize them.
Everton’s Steven Pienaar celebrates the opportunity of having home supporters behind the South African squad.
"I’m happy because I haven’t experienced playing in front of a full house in my country with the national team,”
“Last year we struggled for big crowds and it hasn’t been good for the players. Now we can count on their support and extra excitement.”
South Africans have indeed shown their support for the country. Fans of Kaezar Chiefs and Orlando Pirates now dress in the yellow and green national team outfit. The patriotic efforts of South Africa’s support may be rewarded when they turn out to watch their country clash against star-team Spain.
But the irony here is that South Africa will play as an away team against guests Spain. Will this factor play a trick against them?
As for the Spanish national team, their eyes are already set on the final. Real Madrid’s stopper Iker Casillas is not even thinking of South Africa as a danger in their Confederations Cup campaign.
"In past tournaments we were billed as favourites which wasn't realistic but now, for the first time, I really believe we are, so we want to achieve something great and win the title,"
But the Spanish national team has also expressed their respect towards other teams despite being clear favorites – not only of their group but of the entire tournament.
Vicente Del Bosque stated:
"We're here as reigning European champions, but we have the utmost respect for our opponents. We're taking on the role of favourites, and we will give our all, but the main thing is that the fans enjoy the tournament,"
Spain are poised to beat South Africa who are 72nd in the world rankings. Spain’s red fury led by their great stars may trample the Bafana, but how easy will this be?
South Africa’s size in terms of the players’ value is certainly inferior to the Spanish national team. However, the power of home support and the burning desire of rewarding their fans might help South Africa to create history and break the odds against La Roja.