Keep up with the news by installing RT’s extension for . Never miss a story with this clean and simple app that delivers the latest headlines to you.


Spanish World Cup team plane struck by lightning on way back from Brazil

Published time: June 24, 2014 19:08
Edited time: June 26, 2014 14:42
AFP Photo / Julian Stratenschulte

AFP Photo / Julian Stratenschulte

The plane carrying the Spanish national football team home from the World Cup in Brazil was struck by lightning on Tuesday as it approached its landing in Madrid, adding to the streak of bad luck the team seemed to be on after its World Cup defeat.

The team’s flight - Iberia 2907 – was hit as it came into land at Adolfo Suárez-Barajas airport shortly before midday (local time).

However, there were no apparent negative consequences for either the team or the aircraft, a spokeswoman for the airline confirmed to Reuters.

The players, still wearing their black tracksuits with green bands, and their coats, left the airport in vans without talking to the media.

Despite winning 3 – 0 against Australia on Monday, the team was squarely beaten by both the Netherlands and Chile, guaranteeing their elimination from the competition.

Their defeat has triggered a social media storm, with memes poking fun at the Spanish team flooding Twitter.

Spain’s performance this year has been dubbed “the greatdisappointment by the Spanish media.

Comments (17)


Frank 27.06.2014 11:33

Spain will be back, you can count on it. They have won so much that they have a big target on their back and always get the opposing teams best effort.

Glad the plane was able to land safely.


James Sneller 26.06.2014 13:05

Well they are millionaires many times over, so who cares about the national team. Besides, in another few years, they will be playing for the EU, as the Nation-State dies, at least in Europe. Money has completely corrupted sports, as it does all things.


Meow He 26.06.2014 01:22

Thor must be lost the bet on Spanish team or sumthing

View all comments (17)
Add comment

Authorization required for adding comments

Register or



Show password


or Register

Request a new password


or Register

To complete a registration check
your Email:


or Register

A password has been sent to your email address

Edit profile



New password

Retype new password

Current password



Follow us

Follow us