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May 29, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams: Spain (UEFA), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for Spain, with 8 other player-options listed).




Spain national team. UEFA (Europe). Nickname: La Roja (the Red [One]). Home jersey: red, with gold and dark blue trim.
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: 14th qualification out of 19 tries (1930, did not enter). Spain has qualified for the World Cup in: 1934, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014.
Previous WC finish:
2010, Champions (6-0-1).
Highest WC finish: 2010.

Population of Spain: 46.7 million {2013 estimate}.
Capital and largest city: Madrid, metro area pop. 6.3 million {2013 est.}.

-Spain coach, Vicente del Bosque. Vicente del Bosque.
-Spain squad captain, Iker Casillas (Real Madrid). Iker Casillas.

From The Guardian, from 31 May 2014, ‘World Cup 2014: Fernando Torres and Juan Mata in Spain’s finals squad • Diego Costa retains place despite injury worries • Álvaro Negredo and Jesús Navas among those left out‘ (theguardian.com/football).

Below: Theoretical Best XI for Spain (with 8 other player-options further below) -
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Photo and Image credits above -
Spain 2014 home jersey badge, photo from aliexpress.com.
Spain 2014 home jersey, photo from citysports.com/adidas-2014-Spain-Home-Jersey.
Spain/EU map, by HansenBCN Miguillen at ‘File:Spain 2 location map.svg‘ (commons.wikipedia.org).
Map of Autonomous communities of Spain, at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_communities_of_Spain.
Coach,
Vicente del Bosque, photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Goalkeeper,
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Defenders,
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Raúl Albiol (Napoli), photo by AP/La Presse via it.eurosport.yahoo.com.
Gerard Piqué (Barcelona), photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Jordi Alba (Barcelona), photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images AsiaPac via zimbio.com.
Midfielders,
Xavi (Barcelona), photo from fcbarcelona.com/xavi-hernandez-makes-450th-league-appearance.
Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), photo from fcbarcelona.com/sergio-busquets-makes-150th-liga-appearance-with-barca.
Andrés Iniesta MF/AM (Barcelona), photo by Getty Images via bbc.com/sport/football.
Forward/Wingers,
Pedro RW/LW (Barcelona), photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
David Villa CF (New York City FC), photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
David Silva AM/LW/RW (Manchester City), photo by Kieran McManus/ISIPhotos.com via soccerbyives.net.
Other player-options,
Juan Mata AM/W (Manchester United), photo unattributed at independent.co.uk/sport/football.
Diego Costa CF (Atlético Madrid), photo by Carlos Delgado at ‘File:Diego Costa – 01.jpg‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Cesc Fàbregas (Barcelona), photo by David Ramos/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Koke AM/W (Atlético Madrid), photo by Carlos Delgado at ‘File:Koke Resurrección – 01.jpg‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Juanfran RB/RM (Atlético Madrid), photo by Carlos Delgado at ‘File:Juanfran Torres – 03.jpg‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Javi Martínez DM/CB (Bayern Munich), photo unattributed at goal.com.
Santi Cazorla LW/AM/RW (Arsenal), photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
César Azpilicueta LB/RB/RM (Chelsea), photo unattributed at upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5d/C%C3%A9sar_Azpilicueta_Chelsea_vs_AS-Roma_10AUG2013.jpg.
Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), photo by Angel Martinez via mirror.co.uk/sport/football.
Fernando Torres FW (Chelsea), photo by Py21 at ‘en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernando_Torres#mediaviewer/File:TorresFinale12_cropped.jpg‘.

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Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Spain national football team‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to http://www.transfermarkt.com/en/, for player-position details.
Thanks to Soccerway.com, for recent squad line-ups (with positions-on-the-field graphics), at int.soccerway.com/international/europe/wc-qualifying-europe/2014-brazil/1st-round/r15653/.

2 Comments »

  1. Need to change David Villa’s club now.

    Comment by Kapp EO — June 2, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

  2. Thanks very much for alerting me to that, Kapp EO; I have added that to the chart.

    Here is NYC FC’s wikipedia page, ‘New York City FC‘. NYC FC will play at Yankee Stadium starting in April 2015.

    Comment by admin — June 2, 2014 @ 6:49 pm

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