The 2018 World Cup so far promises to be one of the most exciting World Cups in the history of football. One of the countries that we all will be looking out for is Spain. Yes, you heard me right. The 23 men Spain World Cup squad proves my point beyond any reasonable doubt. Probably you are wondering who Julen Lopelegui has featured in his 23 men squad, worry not we have you sorted. Below are all the names you should expect to feature extensively on the Spain national team.
World Cup is one of the world’s most celebrated tournaments in the football calendar. It is at this event that great talents are made and showcased. As a result of this, it is every coach’s responsibility to put forward his best team for this competition. Julen Lopelegui, Spain’s new coach, has left no stones unturned in his quest to revive the country’s 2010 glory days at the competition. As is expected of him, Mr. Julen has brought forward a 23 man Spain World Cup squad that will be a force to reckon with at the 2018 World Cup competitions. This team of men will try to write history and gift their country with yet another FIFA World Cup trophy in a decade.
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Spain 2018 World Cup squad News
With a few days to go, the main Spain World Cup squad for Russia 2018 still remains on the news headlines on most sports journal, for one specific reason; the squad itself. As mentioned above, the World Cup competition is an event that showcases the excellence and brilliance of the football game.Being in his place, it is expected that an experienced coach of Julen Lopelegui stature will start with the big names in the country. However, the Spain 2018 World Cup squad, is nothing short of that.
Notably, some of the biggest names that have been omitted on the Spain football national team include Chelsea's signing Alvaro Morata, his fellow team mates Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Pedro. While to the blues Spain supporters this may seem like a big let down on the coach’s sides, it’s not. Representing the Chelsea team at the Spain squad will be Cesar Azpilicueta and former player Diego Costa who will greatly feature at the striking position. Other surprise omissions in the Spain national team roster include Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, Atletico Madrid’s Vitolo and Munich’s midfielder Javi Martinez.
Entering into the 2018 World Cup competitions, the Spain squad has an upper advantage considering their past performance record. It is probably worth noting that getting into the competition, the Spain squad comes as a greater opponent with a total of ten wins and 4 loses in their last 14 matches. With this record at the World Cup, it is quite interesting to see how the squad will fare on among its opponents.
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Manchester United's star David De Gea will arguably be the number one choice keeper between the posts with former Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina backing him up. Sergio Ramos will be the man wearing the captain's badge and he will be joined by fellow Real Madrid mates Lucas, Marco Asensio, Nacho and Dani Carvajal. Barcelona's Andres Iniesta, who left Camp Nou after 22 years of amazing football will feature in the Spain football team players with speculations being his last World Cup competition.
1. Julen Lopetegui- coach
With the Spain 2018 World Cup squad selection, Julen Lopetegui the new manager surely has a point to prove to the Spain nationals and fans all over the world. As ardent Spain fans, so far we have confidence not only in the coach’s excellent game play, but also the skills and player selection. Arguably, what most football enthusiasts all over the world are eager to watch is how Julen Lopetegui will effectively put the four-five-one formation of play owing to the fact he lacks quality strikers.
Spain football national team starting lineup
Man-U's De Gea will be the man to watch between the Spain goal post. To most people, De Gea's selection to the national squad does not come as a surprise following his amazing premier league record at his club for the past seasons of play. Cesar Azpilicueta, Dani Carvajal and Jordi Alba are expected to be the main full backs. Pique and his Madrid rival Sergio Ramos will help keep the Spain's central defense intact. Sergio Busquets is expected to play his defensive midfielder position whereas Thiago Alcantara and Saul Niguez play as central midfielders. With no pacy winger at the squad we expect to see Sergio Busquets make a quick recovery from his injury and take this position in the Spain squad World Cup. Koke or Isco will join the squad as flankers depending with the match fixtures. Diego Costa is a name we can guarantee will feature at most games and will be helped at the striking position by either Marco Asensio or Suso.
Sergio Ramos, is tipped to be the man taking the leadership position in the team following his impressive performance at the World Cup in 2010 and European Championships in 2008 and 2012. He is also the man to watch out in the tournament, who knows he might win himself and the team the man of the match status.
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Spain World Cup squad 2018- Youngster to watch out
When it comes to youngsters who are tipped to spice up the World Cup game this year, Asensio cannot fail to appear on this list. While i can bet that this young Madrid talent will not feature as a starting line up on the Span squad always, but the few times he will be on the game his presence will be greatly felt. As most players do, Asensio will be out to prove a point that he actually deserves the qualification spot at the Spain national team in Russia 2018. Who knows, he might pull of a few surprises as he did in the Real Madrid 2017 Champions League final. Let's wait and see.
Spain World Cup 2018 fixtures
Spains qualification groups is one of the toughest groups at the competition; however, with the squad my bet is that Spain will be able to qualify to the next round comfortably, or so i hope. At group B, Spain is tied to, Iran, the fierce Portugal and African Morocco. This squad will start its campaign with Portugal then Iran and finally complete the campaign with Morocco on 25th June. Below is the World Cup draw group stages with the exact dates for the matches.
- Spain vs Portugal vs Spain – 15th June 2018
- Spain vs Iran – 20th June 2018
- Spain vs Morocco – 25th June 2018
Spain are without a doubt this year’s tournament favorites. With their opening match being on the 15th of June, it is expected that the 2010 champs will start off the campaign on a high note seeking to collect all the three points from their fierce rivals, Portugal. Despite this match being one of the most anticipated, nothing will be taken to chance when the team meets Iran and later Morocco
Spain World Cup squad 2018
Spain national football team roster
- David De Gea (Manchester United)
- Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao)
- Pepe Reina (Napoli)
- Jordi Alba (Barcelona)
- Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid)
- César Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
- Gerard Piqué (Barcelona)
- Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
- Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
- Álvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad)
- Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)
- Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
- Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich)
- Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid)
- Saul Ňiguez (Atletico Madrid)
- Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
- Jorge “Koke” (Atletico Madrid)
- Marco Asensio (Real Madrid)
- Francisco “Isco” Alarcón (Real Madrid)
- David Silva (Manchester City)
- Rodrigo (Valencia)
- Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo)
- Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid)
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All the names above are of players who are impressive on and off the pitch. With them on the field the Russia 2018 tournament will be impressive.