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Today is the big day….

when FIFA announces the hosting countries of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Iker Casillas, Del Bosque along with Luis Figo, Fernando Hierro, Emilio Butragueno and Eusebio and the Prime Ministers of the respective countries, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain and Jose Socrates of Portugal are currently in Zurich supporting the Iberian bid. 

Iker Casillas"There are high hopes because I think we have every chance due to our organisational capacity and infrastructure. The decision will be between Russia and our candidacy."

Del Bosque"We must believe that we can achieve it."

Watch the 2018 world cup bidders presentations (Spain/Portugal, England, Russia, Netherlands/Belgium) live here

Note: If you missed the live presentation watch the Spain/Portugal presentation here and you can catch up with the rest of the bidding nation presentations here.  

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"It’s hard for us to lose like that"

Some views of the players on the Portugal friendly,

Fernando Llorente: “We’re worried about what happened in Argentina and what happened today. We played badly, we all lacked intensity. Portugal were superior and ready and intense. It was a painful day. We didn’t address the game as we had from the beginning. We haven’t played our usual game and in that sense, Portugal has surpassed us. It was difficult. We have tried, but today we had our day. It’s hard for us to lose like that.”

Santi Cazorla:  "The positive side is that it was a friendly. It’s clear that we can’t ignore the result as if nothing had happened. It’s always painful to lose with Spain, especially if you lose for four to zero. The coach hasn’t said anything. He will reflect on the game and is a man who knows how to keep calm. "

Carlos Marchena: “We have a great team and yet we have not been fine. We knew it was a against a strong and complicated team, but clearly we did not expect this result “

Cesc Fabregas: “We’re hurt. It’s been a big scoreline but we have to lift ourselves. We wanted to finish the year well but now we have to wait until February. It’s not been our best game but you also have to know how to lose. The truth is it’s a match where we can’t take anything positive. They played better than us, they had a lot of desire… Now we need to apologise to the fans and continue forward.”

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