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).

Filed under: Spain — admin @ 5:26 pm

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‘ (

Below: Theoretical Best XI for Spain (with 8 other player-options further below) -
Photo and Image credits above -
Spain 2014 home jersey badge, photo from
Spain 2014 home jersey, photo from
Spain/EU map, by HansenBCN Miguillen at ‘File:Spain 2 location map.svg‘ (
Map of Autonomous communities of Spain, at
Vicente del Bosque, photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe via
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images Europe via
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe via
Raúl Albiol (Napoli), photo by AP/La Presse via
Gerard Piqué (Barcelona), photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images Europe via
Jordi Alba (Barcelona), photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images AsiaPac via
Xavi (Barcelona), photo from
Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), photo from
Andrés Iniesta MF/AM (Barcelona), photo by Getty Images via
Pedro RW/LW (Barcelona), photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images Europe via
David Villa CF (New York City FC), photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images Europe via
David Silva AM/LW/RW (Manchester City), photo by Kieran McManus/ via
Other player-options,
Juan Mata AM/W (Manchester United), photo unattributed at
Diego Costa CF (Atlético Madrid), photo by Carlos Delgado at ‘File:Diego Costa – 01.jpg‘ (
Cesc Fàbregas (Barcelona), photo by David Ramos/Getty Images Europe via
Koke AM/W (Atlético Madrid), photo by Carlos Delgado at ‘File:Koke Resurrección – 01.jpg‘ (
Juanfran RB/RM (Atlético Madrid), photo by Carlos Delgado at ‘File:Juanfran Torres – 03.jpg‘ (
Javi Martínez DM/CB (Bayern Munich), photo unattributed at
Santi Cazorla LW/AM/RW (Arsenal), photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Europe via
César Azpilicueta LB/RB/RM (Chelsea), photo unattributed at
Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), photo by Angel Martinez via
Fernando Torres FW (Chelsea), photo by Py21 at ‘‘.

Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Spain national football team‘ (
Thanks to, for player-position details.
Thanks to, for recent squad line-ups (with positions-on-the-field graphics), at


  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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