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Spain Euro 2008 Squad



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Luis Aragones leads his men into the Finals looking to end 44 years of hurt, and on paper the Spanish team is certainly one to be feared. The departing manager has put together a fine side who improved steadily as qualification for the Euros progressed, winning eight of their last nine games to book their place in Austria and Switzerland with a game to spare.

Impressive friendly victories over France and Italy illustrated Spain’s defensive strength, built largely on the talents of Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas and Carlos Puyol and Sergio Ramos at the back. Spain have arguably three of the finest creative midfielders around in Cesc Fabregas, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, while Fernando Torres and David Villa will look to provide the thrust that brought six goals between them at the 2006 World Cup.

Yet Spain have often flattered to deceive on the big stage, with their home victory in the 1964 European Championship their only trophy of note. That 2-1 win over the Soviet Union in Madrid under Jose Villalonga was the last time Spain made an impact on the international stage for 20 years, when they finished runners-up to France at Euro ’84. They have since coupled impressive qualifying campaigns with lacklustre displays at the Finals, with the 3-1 second-round defeat to France at the 2006 World Cup typical of their disappointing campaigns.

But with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Fernando Torres, Spain will feel they have a real chance this year. The England-based duo have had fine seasons and will provide a real cutting edge. Fabregas has been at the heart of an Arsenal side that swept all before them in the early stages of the season, and the PFA (Professional Footballer’s Association) Young Player of the Year will provide the ammunition for Torres. Rarely in need of a second invitation to score, Torres is the complete striker, combining blistering pace, agility and aerial ability with an unerring knack of finding the bottom corner. With those two in harness, it is easy to see why Spain are many pundits’ tips for the title.

Flag of Spain Spain Euro 2008 Squad

Head coach: Luis Aragonés

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Iker Casillas 20 May 1981 (27) 75 0 Flag of Spain Real Madrid
2 DF Raúl Albiol 4 September 1985 (22) 2 0 Flag of Spain Valencia
3 DF Fernando Navarro 25 June 1982 (25) 0 0 Flag of Spain Real Mallorca
4 DF Carlos Marchena 31 July 1979 (28) 28 1 Flag of Spain Valencia
5 DF Carles Puyol 13 April 1978 (30) 58 1 Flag of Spain Barcelona
6 MF Andrés Iniesta 11 May 1984 (24) 22 4 Flag of Spain Barcelona
7 FW David Villa 3 December 1981 (26) 30 13 Flag of Spain Valencia
8 MF Xavi 25 January 1980 (28) 55 6 Flag of Spain Barcelona
9 FW Fernando Torres 20 March 1984 (24) 46 15 Flag of England Liverpool
10 MF Cesc Fàbregas 4 May 1987 (21) 23 0 Flag of England Arsenal
11 DF Joan Capdevila 3 February 1978 (30) 14 2 Flag of Spain Villarreal
12 MF Santi Cazorla 13 December 1984 (23) 0 0 Flag of Spain Villarreal
13 GK Andrés Palop 22 October 1973 (34) 0 0 Flag of Spain Sevilla
14 MF Xabi Alonso 25 November 1981 (26) 40 1 Flag of England Liverpool
15 DF Sergio Ramos 30 March 1986 (22) 31 4 Flag of Spain Real Madrid
16 FW Sergio García 9 June 1983 (24) 0 0 Flag of Spain Real Zaragoza
17 FW Dani Güiza 17 August 1980 (27) 2 0 Flag of Spain Real Mallorca
18 DF Álvaro Arbeloa 17 January 1983 (25) 1 0 Flag of England Liverpool
19 MF Marcos Senna 17 July 1976 (31) 7 0 Flag of Spain Villarreal
20 DF Juanito 23 July 1976 (31) 20 2 Flag of Spain Real Betis
21 MF David Silva 8 January 1986 (22) 11 2 Flag of Spain Valencia
22 MF Rubén de la Red 5 June 1985 (23) 0 0 Flag of Spain Getafe
23 GK José Manuel Reina 31 August 1982 (25) 9 0 Flag of England Liverpool

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