The reigning world champions will play Bafana Bafana in an international friendly at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday night. Star players David Villa and Sergio Ramos spoke to the media
One of the world's most clinical strikers David Villa was prolific for Spain during the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa. He was joint top scorer with five goals, along with Thomas Muller (Germany) and Diego Forlan (Uruguay).
After being Spain's number one striker with Valencia and then winning titles at Barcelona, Villa will turn 32 on December 3. Now at Atletico Madrid he's proving he still has a role to play for the champions in Brazil 2014.
First, Villa looks back to 2010 with a joyous sense of nostalgia and hopes his experience will count in Brazil.“We have played in different countries since we won the Fifa World Cup. We are very proud to represent Spain, and it’s good for us to come back to South Africa. It really brings good memories,” David Villa told the media at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.
Read more on: Furman: No better team to face than SpainVilla's club rival and national teammate from Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos spoke in detail about his special memories during South Africa 2010.
"They are all really great memories, it seems like it was yesterday but the years are marching on," said Ramos.
"The South Africans gave us a lot of support and we are very fond of them.
"In that moment I felt very proud to be Spanish and to play for my country," Ramos added.
"I have a replica of the World Cup and big photos in my office and every time I go home I see them.
"We didn't win some neighbourhood dancing competition but a World Cup and it is something to be proud of for life."Then the Real Madrid defender added that he was impressed with the support shown by the South African public toward Spain in 2010. He reminded the neutrals of the difference between the fan effect in South Africa and Brazil 2014.
“The competition between Spain and Brazil is very strong and we don’t expect the Brazil fans to support us the way South Africans do. Obviously, we will be expecting less support during the World Cup,” said Ramos.
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