Spain – Fifa World Cup 2018 Team, Players & Rating

Spain - Fifa World Cup 2018 Team, Players & Rating

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The South Africa 2010 winners Spain earned their place at Russia 2018 by topping group G, and hence booking their ticket to Russia. The Royal Spanish Football Federation controls the Spain national football team, which is the governing body for football in Spain. The Spanish team is currently being headed by the coach Julen Lopetegui after the Vicente del Bosque stepped down following Euro 2006. Spain won the world title in 2010 under the coach Vicente del Bosque, who also coached Real Madrid from 1993 to 2003 and proved on to be one of the most successful managers in that era.

The Spanish side is commonly referred to as La Roja (the red one), La Furia Roja (The Red Fury), La Furia Española (The Spanish Fury).

Spain’s World Cup History:

First FIFA World Cup: 1934

Last FIFA World Cup: 2014

Best Achievement: 2010 World Champions

They’ve had 14 first stage appearances, 2 Semi final appearances, 1 final appearances and are 1 time cup holders.

Beating Netherlands 1-0 in 2010 finals, Spain became the first European team to win the title outside Europe as well as having won back-to-back European titles in Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, defeating the big teams like Germany and Italy respectively in finals. This makes Spain the only national team who has won 3 consecutive national titles. They were also termed as the FIFA team of the year.

Spain went undefeated for a record equaling 35 consecutive matches.

The Coach:

Julen Lopetegui, a former Barcelona and Real Madrid goalkeeper, who was part of Spain’s 1994 World cup squad. Prior to taking charge of Spain, he had coached for FC Porto and Spain’s youth teams, winning both the U-19 and U-21 UEFA European Championships.

Spain’s Gameplay:

Tiki-Taka has been used successfully by the Spanish National Team to win the UEFA Euro 2008, 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012. Tiki-Taka is the style of play or the gameplay used by Spain. Tiki-Taka refers to the short passing style in which ball is passed carefully between the team-mates and not letting the opposition take the ball. It involves keeping possession by making short passes.

Spain has been the master of Tiki-Taka and it has become their strength.

Home Stadium:

One of the most beautiful stadium of the World, Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid is considered to be Spain’s Home Stadium. Santiago Bernabéu is also the home stadium for the great Real Madrid.

Current Squad:

# Pos Player Caps Goals Club
1 GK David deGea 25 0 Manchester United
13 GK Arrizabalaga 1 0 Athletic Bilbao
23 GK Pepe Reina 36 0 Napoli
3 DF Gerard Pique 94 5 Barcelona
4 DF Marc Bartra 13 0 Dortmund
14 DF Nacho 14 0 Real Madrid
15 DF Sergio Ramos 149 13 Real Madrid
18 DF Jordi Alba 58 8 Barcelona
DF Nacho Monreal 21 1 Arsenal
DF Dani Carvajal 13 0 Real Madrid
DF Javi Martinez 18 0 Bayern Munich
5 MF Sergio Bosquets 102 2 Barcelona
6 MF Andres Iniesta 123 14 Barcelona
10 MF Thiago 25 1 Bayern Munich
20 MF Marco Asensio 8 8 Real Madrid
21 MF David Silva 118 35 Manchester City
MF Isco 25 7 Real Madrid
MF Koke 36 0 Atletico Madrid
MF Ander Harrera 2 0 Manchester United
7 FW Alvaro Morata 23 13 Chelsea
FW Pedro 65 17 Chelsea
FW Aritz Adruiz 13 2 Athletic Bilbao
FW Gerard Deulofeu 4 2 Barcelona
FW Lucas Vazquez 3 0 Real Madrid
FW David Villa 98 59 New York City
FW Diego Costa 16 6 Atletico Madrid

 

 

Records:

Most capped players for Spain:

Below is the list of five players who have played most matches for Spain.

 

# Player Caps Goals
1 Iker Casillas 167 0
2 Sergio Ramos 149 13
3 Xavi 133 12
4 Andoni 126 0
5 Andrés Iniesta 123 14

 

 

Top goal scorers for Spain:

# Player Goals Caps Average
1 David Villa 59 98 0.6
2 Raúl 44 102 0.43
3 Fernando Torres 38 110 0.35
4 David Silva 35 118 0.3
5 Hierro 29 89 0.33

 

For the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, Spain has been selected in Group B alongside the teams like Portugal, Morocco and Iran.

Portugal is the side, which could trouble the Spanish players. Although Ronaldo has not been in the best of the form, but he can turn over the game at any moment.

 

Key to Success for Spain:

The youngsters mostly dominate 2018 Spain squad. Although 2010 World Cup Spanish squad is considered as Spain’s best squad till date as that team had many key players with lots of experience and skills. But in the current side, all the pressure lies on the shoulders of the youngsters like Isco Alacron, Marco Asensio, Morata, Lucas Vazques, Dani Carvajal, Jordi Alba and David De Gea. We have seen that Real Madrid side comprises of these youngsters and they have been the key for success of real Madrid. It is always good to have a side with youngsters and some players with a bit of experience; Spain’s current squad is all about it. They have a perfect combination of Speed (players like – Jordi Alba, Lucus Vazques, Carvajal), Playmakers (players like- Isco, Asensio, David Silva, Iniesta), Strikers (players like- David Villa, Morata,) along with one of the best goalkeepers of the world- David de Gea.

David Villa has been called up by Spain to replace Diego costa. David villa is one of the key players for Spain as he has the record of scoring most number of goals for Spain under his belt. His presence will lift up the confidence of the young Spanish side. Although it is still unsure that whether he will play this world cup or not as recently he suffered an injury at the training which possibly could lower his hope for playing for Spain for the last time. Morata will be replacing Villa if he is unfit to play the Fifa World cup 2018.

Matches:

15 Jun 2018 – 21:00 local time

PORTUGAL VS SPAIN – Fisht stadium, Sochi

 

20 Jun 2018 – 21:00 local time

IRAN VS SPAIN – Kazan Arena, Kazan

 

25 Jun 2018 – 21:00 local time

MOROCCO VS SPAIN – Kaliningrad stadium, Kaliningrad

 

 

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