2014 World Cup: Predicting Spain’s Starting XI

2014 World Cup: Predicting the Spain Squads’ Starting XI

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Vicente del Bosque has recently announced Spain's 30-Man preliminary roster for the 2014 World Cup, fueling speculation for who will make the 23-Man Roster. Furthermore, this announcement has people talking about who the starting XI will be when Spain opens up World Cup play against the Netherlands on June 13. Keeping this in mind, I have picked out the players who should comprise Spain's starting squad.

Goalkeeper -- Iker Casillas

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Goalkeeper -- Iker Casillas

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Casillas may be relegated to only starting in cup games for Real Madrid, but he has a firm grasp on the starting spot for Spain. Winning one World Cup and two European Championships will tend to secure a starting spot, and the 32-year-old still has great athleticism, pure shot-stopping ability and a dominant personality that will make him one of the most valuable players in Brazil.

Left-Back -- Jordi Alba

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Left-Back -- Jordi Alba

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Alba didn't have the best season with Barcelona, but he has recently returned to training sessions and should regain his starting spot with Spain. Alba has a dynamic mix of speed and ability with the ball that makes him look more like an attacker than a defender at times, which should help to spice up a Spanish attack that sometimes looks stagnant.

Center-Back -- Gerard Pique

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Center-Back -- Gerard Pique

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Pique may be only 27 years old, but he has won a World Cup and European Championship already, and Spain will live and die with him at center-back. Pique fits perfectly for Spain as his length, strength and acumen make him a great defender, and he also has the ability to advance the ball out of the back and score on corner kicks.

Center-Back -- Sergio Ramos

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Center-Back -- Sergio Ramos

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Ramos is another relatively young player with a lengthy resume, and he will team up with Pique to form one of the best center-back pairings ever. Ramos has uncanny athleticism, isn't afraid to move the ball forward, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him add an important goal or two off of set pieces.

Right-Back -- Dani Carvajal

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Right-Back -- Dani Carvajal

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Right-back is one of the few positions that is genuinely up for grabs, but it looks like Dani Carvajal will occupy the spot. The 22-year-old has established himself as one of the best fullbacks in the world for Real Madrid this year, and his mix of great tacking, defensive instincts, passing and ability to maintain possession will lead him to be a breakout player at the 2014 World Cup.

Center Midfielder -- Sergio Busquets

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Center Back -- Sergio Busquets

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Busquets is one of the most steady midfielders in world football today, and he will serve as the perfect link between the back and front lines for Spain at the 2014 World Cup. Busquets won't wow fans in the way other players will, but his great defensive instincts will allow the likes of Ramos and Pique to move forward, and his passing and possession ability will get the offense going.

Center-Back -- Xabi Alonso

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Center-Back -- Xabi Alonso

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Alonso has been a key player in Spain's run of dominance, and the 2014 World Cup will likely serve as his last hurrah. The 32-year-old will surely play his usual role, dictating the game with great short and long-range passes, and making sure that maintain their title as possession -- and world -- champions.

Center-Back -- Xavi Hernandez

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Center-Back -- Xavi Hernandez

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Xavi will almost surely never play in another World Cup after 2014, but that doesn't mean he won't be the motor that makes Spain's engine run in Brazil. Xavi has an innate ability to maintain possession, great vision in creating offensive opportunities and a dedication to working hard at all times that can't be taught. Look for the 34-year-old to go out with a bang.

Right Winger -- Andres Iniesta

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Right Winger -- Andres Iniesta

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Iniesta can suit up in the midfield or on the front line, but given Spain's depth in the center, it only makes sense that he will move up to right wing. While there, the 30-year-old will create countless opportunities with his great dribbling ability, speed, and passing acumen. When things aren't going great, Iniesta will slow down the game by holding onto the ball, and generally be a game-changing force.

Center Forward -- Cesc Fabregas

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Center Forward -- Cesc Fabregas

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Cesc Fabregas was utilized as a false nine when Spain won the 2012 European Championship, and it only seems right that he fills this role again at the 2014 World Cup. Fabregas may not be a purebred striker, but he has the mix of speed, dribbling ability, passing vision and finishing acumen to be an above-average center forward, with other strikers deputizing him late in games.

Left Wing -- David Silva

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Left Wing -- David Silva

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At times, Silva seems like a forgotten man for Spain, but given his recent form and history with the squad, it seems certain that he will start at the 2014 World Cup. Silva will bring a dynamic presence to the left wing as he is equally adept at setting teammates up and creating goals for himself, a great combination to have. Look for the 28-year-old to make a big splash in Brazil.

 

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    Sorry but what an awful design, I’ve clicked next like 7 times and I’m only on the 2nd center back…..