The day the 'Spanish Fury' travelled to Antwerp

Ciudad del Fútbol 10 Ago 2017
On August 10th 1920, the Spanish expedition traveled on route to its first official competition. The final destination was the Olympic Games where the team won a silver medal

On August 10th 1920, starting from Irun (Basque Country), after completing a training camp ahead of the tournament, and under the superivision of Marqués de Villamejor, President of the Spanish Olympic Committee at the Antwerp Olympic Games, the expedition of players and technical staff journeyed to their firs official competition. Catalan Paco Bru was Head Coach and Spanish federation delegate. 

El  On August 28th 1920 the Spanish National Team won their first official debut match

After several weeks of training throughout Spanish cities (Vigo, Oviedo, Gijón, Bilbao and San Sebastián), the trip, with a step over in Hendaye, travelled by train to Paris. As shown in the documents stored at the Spanish National Team's Museum in the Ciudad del Fútbol of Las Rozas, the trip was not comfortable, as shown, they travelled in "3rd class".

During periodic stops along the way, the Spanish players sent letters, as those saved by Samitier and Zamora, who shared their experience with their clubs detailing their trip to Antwerp, where on August 12th Spain made its official debut. 

From then on, the competition started with its ups and downs. Among them was the nickname they earned, which would stay with the group years later, the squad became known as ' The Spanish Fury', who would end up runner-up champion with a silver medal at the Olympic Games.