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Javi to visit Barack Obama

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Javi Martínez and his Spain team-mates are in line for a special honour: The holders of the World Cup and the European Championships will be received by President Barack Obama at the White House this week. The Spanish FA made the announcement on Monday before the squad set off for Washington. Coach Vicente del Bosque and his players will spend five days in the USA capital. Spain face El Salvador in a friendly on Saturday before moving on to their World Cup base in Curitiba.

Fifteen FCB stars confirmed for Brazil

The first friendlies have been played, the first training camps are over and the World Cup squads are taking shape. The coaches have to nominate their final 23-man squads in the night from Monday to Tuesday (at midnight). At this point, 15 FC Bayern players will be at the World Cup finals in Brazil: