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Spain national football profile

Spain is currently ranked among the top favourities to win the World Cup, just as they are ranked among the leading three footballing national by FIFA. On a scale of one to ten, Spain’s performance in qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ can only be given top marks. On top of wins in each of their ten games, La Roja were the European Zone’s second top scorers with 28 goals while conceding a miserly five at the other end.

Spain national football team

Maturity, resilience and the ability to overcome adversity were all in evidence during their campaign, and few national teams in world football are blessed with squads of such depth and sheer talent. The Iberians have not rested on the laurels of their UEFA EURO 2008 victory, consistently bringing in new faces without renouncing their commitment to attractive short-passing football.

The title of European champions inevitably meant that Spain’s opponents redoubled their efforts to claim what would be a notable scalp. Their narrow 1-0 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina – courtesy of a solitary strike from David Villa – was typical of the kind of gritty resistance they have had to overcome since Austria/Switzerland. And though Armenia and Estonia were dispatched relatively comfortably, an away clash in Belgium and a double-header against EURO 2008 semi-finalists Turkey forced the Spaniards to dig deep for nine valuable points.

Following a 2-1 win in Brussels, when they fought back to clinch victory via an 88th-minute Villa strike, came a 1-0 success over Turkey in Madrid, the goal coming from Gerard Pique. The return in Istanbul marked another 2-1 comeback triumph courtesy of goals from Xabi Alonso and then Liverpool team-mate Albert Riera. Belgium were subsequently dispatched 5-0 in La Coruna and a ticket to South Africa 2010 was assured with two rounds to spare after a comfortable 3-0 home win over Estonia. Far from taking their foot off the pedal, La Selección capped a flawless campaign with victory in Armenia and a 5-2 away thrashing of closest challengers Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Star players of Spain
The team’s success has been based on quality and balance throughout the side. In captain Iker Casillas Spain have one of the world’s finest keepers, a man who can be relied upon to bring his superhuman reflexes to the rescue when most needed. Midfield string-puller Xavi Hernandez’s inch-perfect passing and vision is vital to the Spaniards’ fluid style, while at the sharp end of the attack there can be few if any better finishers than David Villa and Fernando ‘El Niño’ Torres.

Spain coach
Vicente del Bosque took over where Luis Aragones left off after the EURO 2008 triumph, keeping the same footballing philosophy and core of players which dazzled the continent that summer. The experienced supremo has also hit the heights at club level with Real Madrid, winning two UEFA Champions Leagues (2000, 2002), two La Ligas (2001, 2003), a Spanish Super Cup (2001) a UEFA European Super Cup (2002) and the Toyota Intercontinental Cup (2002). 

Del Bosque continued Aragones’ faith in the one-touch style that has traditionally characterised Spain’s play and which relies upon midfielders of the highest quality. As a recult, the Spaniards have won every game but one since the former Los Blancos boss took charge, the exception being a semi-final reverse against USA at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009.

Previous FIFA World Cups of Spain
– Spain have taken part in the finals of 12 FIFA World Cups and have not missed a single edition since failing to reach Germany 1974.
– La Roja’s best performance at the global showpiece was a fourth-placed finish at Brazil 1950.
– At senior international level, Spain have two major titles to their name: the 1964 and 2008 European Championships.

Records of Spain
– Spain recorded ten wins from ten South Africa 2010 qualifiers.
– La Selección were the European Zone’s second-highest scorers, firing 28 goals to end the campaign just six strikes short of the Fabio Capello’s England.


Spain national football team Squad List

Nr. Name Date of Birth Position Clubs Height
1 Iker CASILLAS 20/05/1981 GK Real Madrid (ESP) 184
2 Raul ALBIOL 04/09/1985 DF Real Madrid (ESP) 187
3 Gerard PIQUE 02/02/1987 DF Barcelona (ESP) 192
4 Carlos MARCHENA 31/07/1979 DF Valencia (ESP) 182
5 Carles PUYOL 13/04/1978 DF Barcelona (ESP) 178
6 Andres INIESTA 11/05/1984 MF Barcelona (ESP) 170
7 David VILLA 03/12/1981 FW Valencia (ESP) 175
8 XAVI 25/01/1980 MF Barcelona (ESP) 170
9 Fernando TORRES 20/03/1984 FW Liverpool (ENG) 181
10 Cesc FABREGAS 04/05/1987 MF Arsenal (ENG) 175
11 Joan CAPDEVILA 03/02/1978 DF Villarreal (ESP) 182
12 Victor VALDES 14/01/1982 GK Barcelona (ESP) 183
13 Juan Manuel MATA 28/04/1988 FW Valencia (ESP) 174
14 XABI ALONSO 25/11/1981 MF Real Madrid (ESP) 183
15 SERGIO RAMOS 30/03/1986 DF Real Madrid (ESP) 183
16 Sergio BUSQUETS 16/07/1988 MF Barcelona (ESP) 189
17 Alvaro ARBELOA 17/01/1983 DF Real Madrid (ESP) 184
18 PEDRO 28/07/1987 FW Barcelona (ESP) 169
19 Fernando LLORENTE 26/02/1985 FW Athletic Bilbao (ESP) 194
20 Javier MARTINEZ 02/09/1988 MF Athletic Bilbao (ESP) 190
21 DAVID SILVA 08/01/1986 MF Valencia (ESP) 177
22 Jesus NAVAS 21/11/1985 FW Sevilla FC (ESP) 172
23 Pepe REINA 31/08/1982 GK Liverpool (ENG) 187

Coach: Vicente DEL BOSQUE (ESP)

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