Spain Vs. Saudi Arabia: Because La Roja Will Play Anyone

KIEV, UKRAINE - JULY 01: Jordi Alba (R) of Spain celebrates with team-mate David Silva after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

No one can tell you why this is a thing.

Most teams use their international friendly dates to accomplish something from a footballing standpoint. Whether they play a team similar to upcoming opponents in competitive matches or test themselves against a top team, there's usually some kind of goal in mind. Spain's goal seems to be to go to cool places and make money.

Last international break, La Roja played an odd international friendly in Puerto Rico, at the Islanders' stadium. Spain, the reigning World Cup and European champions, played in a U.S. second division stadium. This week, they're playing Saudi Arabia at home in the 12,000 seat Estadio Municipal de Pasaron, home to Tercera Division side Pontevedra CF.

Presumably, Vicente del Bosque will use this opportunity to play a mix of first-choice players to warm up for Spain's qualifier against Georgia and fringe players who could conceivably do a job for him. He could have done this against any team, in any stadium. This game is dumb.

Game Date/Time: Friday, 4 p.m. ET, 10 p.m. local

Venue: Estadio Municipal de Pasaron, Pontevedra, Spain

TV: ESPN3

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