Spain – Confederations Cup Group A

Like most of the other European nations, even Spain has its own tradition of football and it is definitely a popular sport in the country. Since their initial years in international football, Spain has displayed numerous instances of awe inspiring skills and an overall high quality of football, in the process emerging as one of the most respectable and tough opponents for any team. Their present status as the defending champions of the UEFA European Championship and the subsequent top most position FIFA World ranking has definitely fuelled the general buzz of excitement and enthusiasm about the team for the Confederation Cup tournament which is just round the bend.

Presently under the coaching of Vicente Del Bosque, Spain has one of the most effectively balanced teams in the international football circuit. The most probable squad that will be gearing up for the upcoming tournament will comprise of Iker Casillas, Diego López and      José Manuel Reina as goalkeepers, Raúl Albiol, Gerard Piqué, Carlos Marchena, Joan Capdevila, Sergio Ramos, Juanito Gutiérrez and Álvaro Arbeloa as defenders, Sergi Busquets, Xavi, Albert Riera, Xabi Alonso, Santi Cazorla, Marcos Senna and David Silva in the midfield and finally the strikers David Villa, Fernando Torres, Juan Manuel Mata, Fernando Llorente and Dani Güiza. Iker Casillas is the one who will be leading the team. However, it is the forward David Villa who is supposedly the player to watch out for in the tournament. Most of the experts and fans are betting their pennies on the Valencia striker who played major role in Spain’s recent international successes to do the same in this tournament as well.

As mentioned earlier, Spain has been exposed to international football quite early and has also tasted some instances of success around those times. Although, their on field show in the international competitions has never been quite consistent, they have undoubtedly emerged as a major soccer power in the recent years. However, their World Cup outings have never really been quite successful compared to the other giants of European football. They have managed to qualify for playing altogether 12 editions of the FIFA World Cup, the first one being in Italy in 1934. Their best performance in World Cup till date is still their 1950 turn in Brazil where they finished fourth in the tournament. Interestingly, they have become the first and only team in the world which has topped the FIFA World Ranking but has failed to lift the World Cup even a single time. But they have better statistics to show in their Olympic experiences where they have got a Gold medal in 1992 and two silver medals in 1920 and again in 2000. However, Spain has managed to display some real quality football in the European Championships where they first appeared in 1964 and ended up winning the tournament, a feat they were to repeat again 44 years later in 2008. Besides, they have been runners up in 1984 and finished in the quarter finals on two back to back editions in 1996 and 2000.

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