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El Salvador vs. Spain: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

SEVILLE, SPAIN - MAY 30:  Spain National Team players hold a minute of silence during an international friendly match between Spain and Bolivia at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on May 30, 2014 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2014

Spain continue with their preparations to defend their World Cup crown with a trip to the United States to play El Salvador at the home of the Washington Redskins: The FedExField.

The World Champions played their final game on Spanish soil before the tournament in Seville recently, where they comfortably beat Bolivia 2-0.

Goals from Fernando Torres and Andres Iniesta sealed the win.

Here is how you can watch this international friendly:

 

When: Saturday, June 7, at 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET

Where: FedExField, Maryland, U.S.A.

TV: BeIn Sports (shown at 7 p.m. ET)

Live Stream: BeIn Sports Play (U.S. only) 

 

Time for Fernando Torres to Shine Again?

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 03:  Fernando Torres of Spain in action during a training session of the Spain National Team at the Robert F. Kennedy Stadium on June 3, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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It is difficult to conceive upon the idea that Fernando Torres was once the best striker on the planet. Somewhere between his final days at Liverpool and his huge move to Chelsea, the Spanish international lost his vitality and goal threat.

However, despite his strange club form at Stamford Bridge, Torres has managed to get into the Spain World Cup squad ahead of Fernando Llorente: A player who has scored consistently for Juventus during the past season.

Vicente del Bosque has chosen Torres to fit his tactics rather than choose a player on form, and this philosophy gives 'Nando the chance to be reborn on the grandest stage of all.

Torres' long-term international statistics are hugely imbalanced compared to that of his Premier League showing last season.

CARDIFF, WALES - MAY 11:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea is challenged by Steven Caulker (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Chelsea at the Cardiff City Stadium on May 11, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty
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For Chelsea, the player only scored five times in the league in 2013-14, per Squawka: A contributing factor to the Blues' failure to win a domestic championship they were in control of and missing out on a Champions League final that they had one foot in. 

However, for Spain the 30-year-old is very much proven.

Torres has been capped 107 times for his country and is highly decorated, scoring 37 goals along the way in his career, per Soccerway

The World Cup represents Torres' last chance to shine on a world stage as his chances at club level diminish. He has the opportunity to prove his doubters wrong and seal a legacy, that many once took for granted, that he would be remembered as one of Europe's great striking talents. 

Torres still has the ability that shot him to fame at Atletico Madrid and Liverpool, but whether he still has the physical capabilities to be the player he once was is questionable.

 

The Magic of Andres Iniesta

Like Paul Scholes, when Andres Iniesta leaves the game we will all realise that we have seen a genius ply his trade.

At 30 years old, the Barcelona legend might not see another World Cup tournament as a player, but he has one last chance to dance his way through international defences and take Spain to yet more glory.

Spanish team-mate David de Gea recently waxed lyrical about Iniesta, hoping that maybe his club Manchester United would one day bring the player to Old Trafford.

He said, per Steve Morgan of the Daily Star:

"If I had millions and millions, I would buy Iniesta. He is one of the best players in the world. He has character, quality and goals. He has everything.”

Iniesta is still held in the highest regard by his fellow professionals, and he holds the key to success in Brazil this summer.

If Spain can navigate the heat of the 2014 World Cup they might just retain their World Championship. Iniesta will be central to this and despite a difficult season which saw Barcelona fail by their incredible standards, the player could end the year in magnificent style. 

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