Team profile: Spain

Yet another chance to remove the tag of underachiever, the Spaniards will be happy with their Group H draw.  The Spanish squad oozes with class, but a quarter final meeting with Brazil looms as they attempt to finally reach the semi finals.

FIFA Ranking: 5

Coach: Luis Aragones

Key players: Raul Gonzalez, Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol

World Cup record: 12th appearance

Best finish: Fourth place 1950

Last appearance: Quarterfinals 2002

Qualifying route: Defeated Slovakia in European playoffs

Key question: Can Spain finally have an achievement to match their hype and pedigree?

Squad:

Goalkeepers #
Iker Casillas 1
Santiago Canizares 19
Pepe Reina 23
Defenders
Michel Salgado 2
Mariano Pernia 3
Carlos Marchena 4
Carles Puyol 5
Antonio Lopez 12
Sergio Ramos 15
Juanito 20
Pablo Ibanez 22
Midfielders
David Albelda 6
Xavi 8
Jose Antonio Reyes 10
Andres Iniesta 13
Xabi Alonso 14
Marcos Senna 16
Joaquin 17
Cesc Fabregas 18
Forwards
Raul 7
Fernando Torres 9
Luis Garcia 11
David Villa 21

Group matches:

v Ukraine, 13:00 GMT, Wednesday 14th June – Leipzig

v Tunisia, 19:00 GMT, Monday 19th June – Stuttgart

v Saudi Arabia, 14:00 GMT, Friday 23rd June – Kaiserslautern

 

Source : Al Jazeera

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