Spain's national soccer squad arrived for its first Confederations Cup round-robin match in this northeastern city, where a steady rain did not dampen the euphoria of dozens of fans who greeted La Roja at their hotel.
The Spaniards traveled to Brazil Wednesday after scoring a 2-0 victory the previous night over Northern Ireland in a friendly match in New York City.
The team's players and coaching staff did not speak to the media at Recife's Guararapes airport and immediately departed by bus for the Palace Golden Tulip hotel amid tight security.
Roughly a hundred fans in this soccer-crazy nation, many wearing Spanish national team, Real Madrid or FC Barcelona jerseys waited in the rain for the defending World Cup champions and welcomed them with chants of "Spain, Spain, Spain."
Striker Fernando Torres signed some autographs and the Spanish squad's manager greeted the fans, but none of the players spoke to the large contingent of Brazilian and foreign media gathered at the hotel.
The team is scheduled to give a press conference at the hotel at 12:30 p.m. Thursday and then hold a training session later that evening.
Spain has been placed in Group B and will play its first Confederations Cup game on Sunday against Uruguay, followed by a match against Tahiti in Rio de Janeiro on June 20 and its final round-robin contest against Nigeria on June 23 in Fortaleza. EFE