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Champions Spain undergo light first training run

They may be the world and European champions but only 300 fans turned out to watch Spain this morning. Ireland had around 13,000 yesterday.

Spain's team warm up during their training session in front of Spanish flag earlier.
Spain's team warm up during their training session in front of Spanish flag earlier.
Image: Alvaro Barrientos/AP/Press Association Images

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS SPAIN went through the paces of their first training run in Poland this morning ahead of their opening match of Euro 2012 against Italy on Sunday.

The squad were watched by around 300 Polish spectators and around 40 Spanish supporters, a long way from the 13,000 who turned out to watch fellow Group C rivals Ireland train in their base of Gdynia yesterday.

The outfield players — who included their two minor injury worries fullback Alvaro Arbeloa and striker Jesus Navas — trained to a rousing chorus of “Guantanamera” from Spanish fans. Among the spectators was student Gonzalo Panadero, who had travelled the 70 kilometres (44 miles) from the Baltic port city of Gdansk where he is studying psychology for a year.

“Defending the title will be difficult. But we will go far,” he said.

Sixteen-year-old Jakub Majer added: “I am a fan of the Spanish national side. I regularly watch the Liga matches of Real Madrid and Barcelona. My favourite player? Fernando Torres.”

- © AFP, 2012

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