King Felipe VI congratulated the players of the Spanish team this Wednesday after the defeat of Costa Rica (7-0) in their debut at the World Cup in Qatar and stressed that "it has been a real joy" to have gone to the stadium to to see a team play that, as he has assured, has not had any failure against his rival.
After the match, the monarch went down to the locker room to greet and congratulate, in person, the team led by Luis Enrique. "In my life I have attended a match, especially for the national team, with a result like this. We have enjoyed it like everyone else", he assured. Likewise, he has encouraged footballers not to stop singing.
Felipe VI has recognized the players that "it has been a real joy" to see Spain play on the soccer field. "I'm not an expert, but I haven't seen any failure", stressed the King, while reiterating the "enjoyment and the spectacle" that has meant seeing the defeat of Costa Rica. "There is a long way to go, but starting like this is a pleasure," he concluded, according to the video shared by the Royal House on social networks.
Likewise, the Spanish monarch has left the dressing room of the red with a very special gift: a Gavi shirt, one of the scorers of the match and voted best player of the match, signed by all the members of the team.
Felipe VI traveled to the Qatari capital accompanied by the president of the Higher Sports Council, José Manuel Franco, to attend the first match of the Spanish team in the World Cup. Upon his arrival in Doha, the monarch was received by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Salah Bin Ghanim Al Ali, and by the Spanish ambassador to the State of Qatar, Javier María Carbajosa, among other personalities.
Later, he went to the Al Thumama stadium, where he was received by the Vice President of Costa Rica, Mary Munive, and by the President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Luis Manuel Rubiales. In the anteroom of the stadium, the King also greeted the FIFA president, Giovanni Infantino, before listening to the national anthems of Spain and Costa Rica. Finally, Felipe VI will hold a meeting tomorrow with Spanish businessmen who work in Qatar.