Spain v Uruguay

Raul and Hierro visit Spain team

February 5, 2013
By ESPN staff

Spain have seen former captains Raul Gonzalez and Fernando Hierro visit them at their hotel in Qatar, ahead of the friendly with Uruguay.

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The Qatari government paid the Spanish football federation close to US$4 million to switch the match from Portugal to Doha and the two sides will clash at Khalifa International Stadium on Wednesday.

And the Spanish side were given a boost ahead of the game as Marca reported that Raul, who has been playing for Qatar's Al Sadd since last summer and Hierro, who played for Al-Rayyan in the 2003-04 season, arrived to greet them among a host of adoring fans.

Raul scored 44 goals in 102 games and is the second highest goalscorer in the history of the Spain team (behind David Villa), while Hierro, a penalty-taking former central defender, is the country's fourth highest scorer with 29 goals.