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Spain Team EURO 2016 Squad

  • Country: Spain
  • Couch: Vicente del Bosque
  • Full team’s name: Spain national football team
  • Nicknames: La Roja (the Reds), La Furia (The Fury), La Furia Roja (The Red Fury)
  • Association formed: 1920
  • Stadium: Various
  • Official webpage: www.sefutbol.com/en
  • Colours: red and yellow

Spain are the reigning European champions and they endured quite an atrocious FIFA World Cup. The question is, are they still a force to be reckoned with?

Squad
Player Position Height Weight Age
1
Kiko Casilla
GOALKEEPER 191cm 84kg 29
2
Iker Casillas
GOALKEEPER 185cm 84kg 34
3
David de Gea
GOALKEEPER 192cm 76kg 25
4
Sergio Rico
GOALKEEPER 195cm 90kg 22
5
Sergio Asenjo
GOALKEEPER 189cm 87kg 26
6
Raúl Albiol
DEFENDER 190cm 82kg 30
7
Aleix Vidal
DEFENDER 178cm 69kg 26
8
César Azpilicueta
DEFENDER 178cm 75kg 26
9
Marc Bartra
DEFENDER 183cm 74kg 25
10
Juan Bernat
DEFENDER 170cm 67kg 23
11
Dani Carvajal
DEFENDER 173cm 73kg 24
12
Xabier Etxeita
DEFENDER 185cm 80kg 28
13
Jordi Alba
DEFENDER 170cm 68kg 27
14
Juanfran
DEFENDER 180cm 72kg 31
15
Mario Gaspar
DEFENDER 182cm 74kg 25
16
Nacho
DEFENDER 179cm 75kg 26
17
Gerard Piqué
DEFENDER 193cm 85kg 29
18
Sergio Ramos
DEFENDER 183cm 75kg 30
19
Mikel San José
DEFENDER 187cm 77kg 26
20
Bruno Soriano
MIDFIELDER 184cm 73kg 31
21
Sergio Busquets
MIDFIELDER 189cm 76kg 27
22
Ignacio Camacho
MIDFIELDER 182cm 75kg 26
23
Cesc Fàbregas
MIDFIELDER 175cm 74kg 29
24
Andrés Iniesta
MIDFIELDER 171cm 68kg 32
25
Isco
MIDFIELDER 176cm 74kg 24
26
Ander Iturraspe
MIDFIELDER 187cm 75kg 27
27
Juan Mata
MIDFIELDER 170cm 61kg 28
28
Juanmi
MIDFIELDER 169cm 63kg 22
29
Koke
MIDFIELDER 178cm 74kg 24
30
Mario Suárez
MIDFIELDER 185cm 77kg 29
31
Santi Cazorla
MIDFIELDER 165cm 67kg 31
32
David Silva
MIDFIELDER 173cm 67kg 30
33
Thiago Alcántara
MIDFIELDER 172cm 71kg 25
34
Vitolo
MIDFIELDER 183cm 79kg 26
35
José Callejón
FORWARD 178cm 73kg 29
36
Diego Costa
FORWARD 188cm 85kg 27
37
Álvaro Morata
FORWARD 189cm 85kg 23
38
Munir El Haddadi
FORWARD 175cm 69kg 20
39
Nolito
FORWARD 175cm 65kg 29
40
Paco Alcácer
FORWARD 176cm 71kg 22
41
Pedro Rodríguez
FORWARD 167cm 62kg 28
42
Raúl García
FORWARD 184cm 81kg 29
43
Rodrigo
FORWARD 181cm 77kg 25
Group D
Teams P W D L G F Pts
1 Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Turkey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Spain Shape
All
D
D
W
W
W
Home
W
W
Away
D
D
W
73%
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Spain no longer have that fancy allure of 4 years ago. Their magic spell disappeared when they were surprisingly eliminated from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the group stages. However, champions are frequently more dangerous when the odds are against them.

Most bookmakers would not bet that Spain is going to win the European Championship a third consecutive time, having already made history in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Vincente del Bosque has quite an old squad and the advancing years can be a problem. Recent stodgy friendly draws with Romania and Italy did little to uplift the optimism, yet when considering the habit of winning, lot of things can happen.

It took Spain a few decades of underachievement following their UEFA European Championship triumpf in 1964 to become a dominant force in the international football world.

UEFA Euro 2008 represented a huge milestone in Spain's evolution. It marked a 1-0 final victory against Germany, followed by their first FIFA World Cup win 2 years later. Vicente del Bosque's squad became the first European country to lift that prestigious trophy outside their own continent.

Spain continued to make history at UEFA Euro 2012 when it crushed Italy 4-0 in Ukraine, although their FIFA World Cup defence ended quite rapidly two years later. Spain are now trying to defend the Henry Delaunay Cup this summer in France after topping the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying group with 9 wins out of 10 matches.

Spain waited decades to win another European Championship in 2008, when then Luis Aragones' side defeated Germany to win a competition they had taken by storm. The key player was Fernando Torres as he marked the golden goal and in 2012 he became the first player to score in two different EURO finals.

The final from 2012 against Italy was staggering - Spain marked four goals from Jordi Alba, Juan Mata, David Silva, and Torres. Before 2008 Spain had only reached the semi-finals once - as they finished runners-up in 1984. Their first major prize was in Madrid in 1964 against the Soviet Union when Martinez Marcelino headed a memorable goal just 6 minutes from time after Khusainov had quicklu cancelled out Jesus Pereda's 6th-minute opener.

Memorable European Championship matches

1st of July, 2012: Spain vs Italy 4-0, UEFA Euro 2012 final - Spain answered their many critics in style, crushing the Italian team.

29th June 2008: Spain vs Germany 1-0, UEFA Euro 2008 final - Fernando Torres' strike was enough to end Spain's stunning 44-year wait.

21st June 1964: Spain vs Soviet Union, 1964 UEFA European Championship final - Luis Suarez surprised everyone.

The Question

Who will score for Spain? Del Bosque chose the best possible options for this tournament, leaving out Paco Alcacer (their top scorer in the qualifying stage) and Diego Costa - while electing not to pick Fernando Torres. Alvara Morata is Juventus' striker and it seems that he will lead the line, but this season he only scored 12 goals. Vicente Del Bosque is extremely confident in this striker, but Spain still seems to lack the firepower.