Football World Cup: Spain reportedly abandon Palmerston North base due to boredom

  • 29/07/2023

Spain's women's team have reportedly left their Palmerston North Football World Cup training base and relocated to Wellington - citing boredom.

Nicknamed 'La Roja', Spain have been based in Palmerston North for this year's tournament, co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia, staying at Massey University.

But with both of their games so far having been played in Wellington and Auckland, Spain have upped sticks before their final match of the group stage to move to the capital before facing Japan on Monday.

According to ESPN, Spain's reason for wanting the shift to Wellington comes amid boredom setting in amongst the squad.

"The lack of things to do in the area has taken its toll," said correspondent Sam Marsden.

"Families, including some players' children, are staying with the squad as part of a pre-tournament agreement with the Spanish Football Federation but, along with the players, have found there is little to do, especially in the evenings."

It is understood Spain had originally intended to be based in Upper Hutt for this year's tournament, only for Sweden to secure those facilities.

So far, Spain are top of Group C of this World Cup, with comfortable victories over both Costa Rica and Zambia to start their campaign.