Spanish World Cup team to fly into BWI

The Spanish national soccer team will make a stop in Maryland en route to defending its World Cup title this summer.

Spain will fly into Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshal Airport on Monday aboard a special flight. Iberia, the largest airline in Spain, will carry the team from Madrid to BWI in time for an evening arrival on June 2.

Spain will play El Salvador in a World Cup tuneup match on June 7 at FedEx Field in Landover. The team then departs from BWI Marshall for Curitiba, Brazil on June 8.

"The World Cup is an incredible global sports and cultural event," Paul J. Wiedefeld, Chief Executive Officer of BWI Marshall, said in a statement. "We are proud to work with Iberia as the airline flies the reigning World Cup and European champion Spanish national team to the United States ahead of the international tournament."

The World Cup will run from June 12 to July 13 in Brazil.

The host country is considered a favorite.

Spain's roster includes a number of holdovers from the 2010 championship squad, including goalkeeper Iker Casillas, defender Gerard Pique, midfielder Andres Iniesta and forward Fernando Torres.

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