The Spanish team, coached by Jesús Bargueiras will have their first game against Thailand (Group A), on the opening day, 7 June.
Spain to host Blind Football World Cup
Spain is playing host to the Blind Football World Cup, with the participation of 16 national teams from four different continents for the first time. The tournament will unfold at Sagrado Corazón School in Madrid from 7 to 17 June. 128 blindfolded footballers and 32 goalkeepers without visual impairments will be part of this top international sporting event.
Organised by the Spanish Blind Sports Federation, ONCE and the International Blind Sports Federation, the Blind Football World Cup is a big challenge for the city of Madrid due to the high number of participants. Blind football is growing worldwide, offering visually impaired sportspeople an opportunity for integration.
Our country had organised the 2nd World Cup in Jerez de la Frontera in 2000. It was chosen again because of its commitment to sports, to football in particular, and to the integration of blind people. The ONCE Corporation has been helping disabled citizens, especially the blind, for the past 80 years.
Spain at the World Cup
The Spanish team, coached by Jesús Bargueiras will have their first game against Thailand (Group A), on the opening day, 7 June. The other teams in Group A are Turkey and Morocco. The squads in Group B are Argentina, France, Colombia and Iran. Group C is comprised of China, Russia, Mexico and South Korea. Finally, the teams in Group D are Brazil, England, Costa Rica and Mali.
The best two teams in each group will move to the quarterfinals. The final will take place on 17 June at 12 noon. The Brazilian team are the reigning champions, having won four Wold Cups. The other two World Championships held so far went to Argentina.
Spain is the only European team to have been among the top finishers, twice as runners-up and three times in the third place. As to Mexico, Russia, Mali, Costa Rica, Thailand and Iran, they are making their debut in a World Cup this year.