Florida - Spain and Haiti will face each other in an International Friendly match in Miami, Florida. It will be held at Sun Life Stadium on June 8, 2013 to help the people of Haiti.
This is an historic moment for Spain since this is the first time they play in South Florida. It is also an historic opportunity to help Haiti surpass its multiple crises.
What can be said about the two teams? A review of the two teams with a prediction is needed.
Spain currently remains in first place in the current FIFA Coca Cola rankings with 1528 points. Germany is close behind with a 90 point difference.
Spain remains for the time being a powerhouse in European football in spite of two teams losing to Germany. This is in reference to the recent victory of Bayern Munich over FC Barcelona.
The same can be said about Borussia Dortmund over Real Madrid. It is expected that Sun Life Stadium will see Iker Casillas, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, and Sergio Busquets.
While doubtful, maybe Fernando Torres may make an appearance. Spain is the Champion of the 2008 and 2012 Euro Cup.
The Spanish are also winners of the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa. They are strong contenders in the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be held in Brazil.
Haiti is currently in 59th place with 536 points in the FIFA Coca Cola Rating Scale. They participated in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and international events.
Haiti appeared in the 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany during the country’s golden age of world football. The Caribbean nation’s golden age was during the decade of the 1960’s and 1970’s.
The country’s biggest victories were against the US Virgin Islands in 2001 and 2004. Unfortunately, Haiti suffered heavy losses this year to powerful teams such as Chile, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, and Oman in friendly matches.
The current manager for Haiti is Israel Blake Cantero of Cuba. Cantero represented Cuba during the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
While Spain is expected to win this match against Haiti, expect fierce resistance from the latter. It is at times of adversity that teams can win or at least exert pressure.
Regardless of the outcome, it is hoped that the match results in a positive step for Haiti and its people. The following result in Sun Life Stadium will be
Spain 2-1 Haiti.
Roberto Alvarez-Galloso is a lover of sports especially Football/Soccer [CD Chivas USA, US Soccer, Spain, Celtic FC, Chelsea, Deportivo La Coruna FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Athletic Club Bilbao]. He has written sports articles for Socca Critics, Univision, Merinews, Helium, and Now Public.