With a potent mix of hungry youngsters and seasoned veterans who have already triumphed at international tournaments, Spain boast all the ingredients to re-establish themselves as the best team in the world in Russia and reclaim the crown they won in 2010..
SPAIN FIFA Ranking : 8
Coach : Julen Lopetegul
Key Players : Andres Iniesta, Sergio Ramos
Andres Iniesta, the Barcelona veteran has conducted Spain’s all-powerful midfielder for more than a decade and was the heartbeat of their world dominance between 2008 and 2012.. Still as masterful on the ballas ever at 34 years of age, he will be looking for one last hurrah..
The centre back and captain Sergio Ramos, has developed a win at all costs mentality and knows exactly how to manage the biggest games. He is also ann unforgiving opponent for attackers due to his physical presence and never say die attitude..
Former goalkeeper Lopetegul, coached Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid’s reserve team before going into Spain’s youth team set up, leading the under-21 team to glory at the 2013 European Championship with a side containing future first teamers Isco, Koke and David de Gea..
Previous Tournaments :
Spain have played in 14 World Cups and qualified for every edition since 1978.. They have won it once beating Netherlands 1-0 in the 2010 final in South Africa with an extra-time strike from Andres Iniesta.. They had reached the quarter finals in 1934, 1986, 1994 and 2002 but lost every time.. As World Cup holders they suffered a shock exit from the group stage in 2014..
Spain will face a testing opener against European champions Portugal which is likely to determine whether they finish top of Group B, which also contains Iran and Morocco.. If they win the group they are likely to face either Uruguay or Egypt in the round of 16, with a possible quarterfinal against Argentina, Croatia or France coming next.
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