Spain Euro 2008 Squad

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 SpainSpain Euro 2008 Squad

Head coach: Luis Aragonés

No.Pos.PlayerDoB (Age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKIker Casillas20 May 1981 (27)750Flag of Spain Real Madrid
2DFRaúl Albiol4 September 1985 (22)20Flag of Spain Valencia
3DFFernando Navarro25 June 1982 (25)00Flag of Spain Real Mallorca
4DFCarlos Marchena31 July 1979 (28)281Flag of Spain Valencia
5DFCarles Puyol13 April 1978 (30)581Flag of Spain Barcelona
6MFAndrés Iniesta11 May 1984 (24)224Flag of Spain Barcelona
7FWDavid Villa3 December 1981 (26)3013Flag of Spain Valencia
8MFXavi25 January 1980 (28)556Flag of Spain Barcelona
9FWFernando Torres20 March 1984 (24)4615Flag of England Liverpool
10MFCesc Fàbregas4 May 1987 (21)230Flag of England Arsenal
11DFJoan Capdevila3 February 1978 (30)142Flag of Spain Villarreal
12MFSanti Cazorla13 December 1984 (23)00Flag of Spain Villarreal
13GKAndrés Palop22 October 1973 (34)00Flag of Spain Sevilla
14MFXabi Alonso25 November 1981 (26)401Flag of England Liverpool
15DFSergio Ramos30 March 1986 (22)314Flag of Spain Real Madrid
16FWSergio García9 June 1983 (24)00Flag of Spain Real Zaragoza
17FWDani Güiza17 August 1980 (27)20Flag of Spain Real Mallorca
18DFÁlvaro Arbeloa17 January 1983 (25)10Flag of England Liverpool
19MFMarcos Senna17 July 1976 (31)70Flag of Spain Villarreal
20DFJuanito23 July 1976 (31)202Flag of Spain Real Betis
21MFDavid Silva8 January 1986 (22)112Flag of Spain Valencia
22MFRubén de la Red5 June 1985 (23)00Flag of Spain Getafe
23GKJosé Manuel Reina31 August 1982 (25)90Flag of England Liverpool

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