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Spain National Football Team, World Cup 2018

Sports by Published on Updated on 05 Jun, 2018

Synopsis

The national football team of Spain is controlled by Royal Spanish Football Federation. The team has participated in 14 World Cups and 10 UEFA Championships. FIFA has ranked the country in 6th position.

The team debuted in 1920 and has won 3 European Championship titles, 1 Olympics title, and 2 Mediterranean titles to date. 

Spain's traditional kit is a red jersey with yellow trim, dark blue shorts, and red socks. Their away kit for 2018 World Cup is all white. Adidas has manufactured the current jersey of the team. With White shorts and gray socks, the away kit has got the unique and clean look and is a 1980s-inspired all-over graphic print.

Most capped players

Iker Casillas is the most capped player in the Spain national team with 167 caps.

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Player

Period

Caps

Goals

1

Iker Casillas

2000–

167

0

2

Sergio Ramos

2005–

151

13

3

Xavi

2000–2014

133

12

4

Andoni Zubizarreta

1985–1998

126

0

5

Andrés Iniesta

2006–

125

14

6

David Silva

2006–

119

35

7

Xabi Alonso

2003–2014

114

16

8

Cesc Fàbregas

2006–

110

15

Fernando Torres

2003–

110

38

10

Raúl

1996–2006

102

44

Sergio Busquets

2009–

102

2

 

Top goalscorers

David Villa is the top scorer of the team with 59 goals.

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Player

Period

Goals

Caps

Average

1

David Villa 

2005–

59

98

0.60

2

Raúl 

1996–2006

44

102

0.43

3

Fernando Torres 

2003–

38

110

0.35

4

David Silva

2006–

35

119

0.29

5

Fernando Hierro

1989–2002

29

89

0.33

6

Fernando Morientes

1998–2007

27

47

0.57

7

Emilio Butragueño

1984–1992

26

69

0.38

8

Alfredo Di Stefano

1957–1961

23

31

0.74

9

Julio Salinas

1986–1996

22

56

0.39

10

Míchel

1985–1992

21

66

0.32

 

Julen Lopetegui, The Coach

A former goalkeeper for Real Madrid and Barcelona, Julen Lopetegui is currently managing the Spain national team. Lopetegui represented Spain at the 1994 World Cup and has played 149 games in La Liga over 11 seasons for the teams like Real Madrid, Logroñés, Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano.

CAPTION: Julen Lopetegui SOURCE: Daily Mail

Lopetegui started his managerial career in 2003. He has coached Spain’s youth teams and led the U19 and U21 to win European titles. He will be showing his best in FIFA World Cup 2018 as well.

Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez, Isco

Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez, popularly known as Isco is a Spanish professional who plays as an attacking midfielder for the Spanish national team and Real Madrid. He signed a five-year deal with the club for €30 million in June 2013.

CAPTION: Isco SOURCE: Goal.com

Isco debuted his career from the club Valencia mainly playing in its reserve team. He joined the club Málaga in 2011. He earned the Golden Boy Award in 2012 for his performances at Málaga.

Isco represented Spain at several youth levels including the 2012 Olympics and made his senior international debut in 2013. He is often described as one of the best-attacking midfielders in the world.

Sergio Ramos, The Star

Sergio Ramos, a Spanish professional, is the captain for both Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. He commonly plays as a central defender and also plays as a right back.

CAPTION: Sergio Ramos SOURCE: IBTimes UK

Ramos represented the Spanish national team at three European Championships and three FIFA World Cups. He alongside his team won the 2010 World Cup and 2008 Euro Cup.

Ramos has won 18 major honors and has developed into La Liga's one of the top scorers from a defensive position. Making his debut at the age of 18, he became country’s youngest player to reach 100 caps. He is Spain’s second-most capped player and is close enough to Casillas’ highest record of 167.

Ramos is regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation and was named the FIFPro World XI eight times.

Here's the list of Spain's 23-man squad heading to Russia.

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
David de Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao). Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea). Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid). Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid).

FIFA World Cup 2018

Spain has made 14 FIFA appearances and has gained 1 title in 2010 World Cup. Spain played against the Netherlands making a 1-0 victory in that match. Andrés Iniesta scored the match-winning goal at the time.

CAPTION: Spanish national team, celebrating their victory SOURCE: YouTube

Spain played against Macedonia, Italy, Liechtenstein, Albania, and Israel in the World Cup qualification match, making their best performance against the countries.

Spain will be playing against Portugal, IR Iran, and Morocco in the second edition of the tournament, World Cup 2018. For more details have a look at the World Cup Schedule.