Spain

2006-06-01 12:53

Berlin - Thirty-two teams have qualified for the 2006 World Cup finals which take place in Germany from June 9 - July 9.

SPAIN

Honours:

World Cup appearances: 11 (1934, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002)

World Cup best: 4th place (1950); Quarter-finalists (1996, 2000)

European champions: 1 (1964)

Fifa world ranking: 5

Odds: 14/1

Coach: Luis Aragones

Embroiled in controversy at the end of 2004 for racist remarks directed at France striker Thierry Henry in a row which has obscured the fact that Aragones has forged one of the best Spain sides of recent history.

As a player, Aragones made his name as a powerful goalscoring midfielder with Atletico Madrid, who he helped win La Liga in 1966, 1970 and 1973.

Coached no fewer than nine clubs in the Spanish first division during a lengthy career before taking over national team from Inaki Saez in 2004.

Key player: Cesc Fabregas

Has matured swiftly after a season in which he was forced to fill the gaping midfield hole left by Patrick Vieira's departure from Arsenal.

Was outstanding in the Gunners' victories over Real Madrid and Juventus and now seems a certainty to start for Spain at the World Cup.

A busy attacking midfielder, Spain could thrive if Fabregas finds his feet early in the tournament.

Squad:

Goalkeepers:

Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Juan Manuel Reina (Liverpool/ENG), Santiago Canizares (Valencia)

Defenders:

Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Michel Salgado (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Asier Del Horno (Chelsea/ENG), Antonio Lopez (Atletico Madrid), Pablo Ibanez (Atletico Madrid), Juanito Gutierrez (Real Betis).

Midfielders:

David Albelda (Valencia), Xabi Alonso (Liverpool/ENG), Joaquin Sanchez (Real Betis), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal/ENG), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Marcos Senna (Villarreal)

Strikers:

Jose Antonio Reyes (Arsenal/ENG), David Villa (Valencia), Fernando Torres (Atletico Madrid), Raul Gonzalez (Real Madrid), Luis Garcia (Liverpool/ENG)

Note: Replacement of Asier Del Horno (injured) pending.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

AB praises selfless skipper

2010-11-21 18:15

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.