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UEFA EURO 2020: Spain’s players vaccinated three days before the opening match against Sweden


The Spain The team was vaccinated against Covid-19 on Friday, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed, on the first day of Euro 2020 Three days before the opening game of the team. Spain start against Sweden in Group E on Monday evening, and it is possible that some players will now feel the side effects of the vaccination before the match in Seville. All players also underwent PCR tests on Friday morning, and the results were negative for the third day in a row.

And the vaccinations were carried out by the Spanish army, which arrived at the national team training base in Las Rozas northwest of Madrid, after the government finally agreed to this.

“The players called up for the Euro 2020 finals received or completed their vaccination against Covid-19 on Friday,” a statement from the federation said.

At a press conference, the midfielder Thiago Alcantara He said, “The match went well and we have a match in three days, so let’s hope the next good news is that there are no side effects to the match.”

UEFA’s initial request to vaccinate players was rejected when the team was announced last month and there have been tense negotiations between the federation and the government over the past week.

“It would be very annoying not to be able to choose a player who showed symptoms from the vaccine,” Spain coach Luis Enrique said on Thursday.

Spain’s preparations were severely disrupted after captain Sergio Busquets and defender Diego Llorente tested positive this week.

Busquets and Llorente are self-isolating at home, although Llorente has since tested negative and could be available to play against Sweden.

Spain had to field an under-21 team in their last warm-up match against Lithuania on Tuesday while the top players had to train individually.

Six new players have been called up to form a reserve training bubble with 11 under-21 players.

Asked about the hardest part of a tough week, Thiago said, “Uncertainty. But we’ve been in this for a year and a half, we’re used to this kind of situation. We have to take what’s thrown at us. What’s bothering is the inability to follow a normal routine to do things together.”


The federation confirmed the use of different vaccines according to the condition of each player, as some have already received the first dose with their clubs.

After Sweden, Spain plays Poland on June 19, and Slovakia plays on June 23.

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