|Posters...one of many around Madrid|
The Federación de Fútbol de Madrid are celebrating their centenary year and as a result have created a representative time, much like Catalonia and the Basque Country have, to take on the Andalusians in a one-off friendly.
Luis Aragonés, manager of the victorious Spanish side at the 2008 European Championships, will take charge of the hosts alongside FFM technical secretary Fernando Zambrano. The pair named their squad after the final round of La Liga games last weekend and have a strong group of players at their disposal.
|Bosses...Aragonés and Zambrano announce the squad|
Atlético Madrid player Juanfran, part of the Euro 2012 Spain squad, has been named as one of the defenders alongside former teammate Álvaro Domínguez who is currently at Borussia Mönchengladbach. Alejandro Arribas is also expected to feature in the back 4 with Rayo Vallecano stopper David Cobeño set to share the number one jersey with the now retied Ricardo.
|Icon...ex Real Madrid man Guti|
The number of recognisable names in the home squad is greatly overshadowed by Andalusia’s, however. Manager Adolfo Adana oversaw a 4-1 thrashing of Zambia in his first game way back in 2007 and the big names in his squad suggests goals will not be hard to come by again on Friday.
|Wait...it's been 6 years since Andalusia last played|
The FFM are hoping for a sell-out at the Vallecas with a kick-off scheduled for 20:00 local time (19:00 UK). The organisers have also stressed that the visiting team could suffer some withdrawals but they are not expected any. Perhaps some would help the seemingly weaker hosts in what could prove an intriguing start to Madrid’s representative football team.