2014 World Cup: Predicting Spain’s 23-Man Squad

Predicting Spain's 23-Man Roster

Predicting Spain's 23-Man Roster
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On Tuesday, Spain's head coach Vicente del Bosque announced his 30-man preliminary squad for the 2014 World Cup. As many have realized, even though there are many veterans on the squad, he's decided to highlight Spain's youth. A nice mix of both should get Spain deep into the World Cup, and I know they are going to play harder than ever in hopes of becoming repeat champions.

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas

Spain World Cup Roster Iker Casillas
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Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas

Spain World Cup Roster Iker Casillas
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Iker Casillas is the best goalkeeper in the world. He will be Spain's first choice in net, and he is often their captain. He is the player Spain relies upon most heavily.

Goalkeeper: Pepe Reina

Spain World Cup Roster Pepe Reina
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Goalkeeper: Pepe Reina

Spain World Cup Roster Pepe Reina
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Pepe Reina is Spain's second goalkeeper; he has plenty of experience with various clubs and leagues. He will be ready to take on anything players will kick at him.

Goalkeeper: David de Gea

Spain World Cup Roster David de Gea
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Goalkeeper: David de Gea

Spain World Cup Roster David de Gea
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David de Gea has represented Spain in the Olympics, and now because of Victor Valdes' injury he will have a chance to do so in the World Cup. If he is needed, I have no doubt that De Gea will not let Spain down.

Defender: Cesar Azpilicueta

Spain World Cup Roster Cesar Azpilicueta
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Defender: Cesar Azpilicueta

Spain World Cup Roster Cesar Azpilicueta
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Cesar Azpilicueta is a quality player who defends on Chelsea FC, which gives him the needed experience to play on a World Cup level. He defends some of the best players in the world and may need to defend those same footballers during the World Cup.

Defender: Daniel Carvajal

Spain World Cup Roster Daniel Carvajal
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Defender: Daniel Carvajal

Spain World Cup Roster Daniel Carvajal
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Daniel Carvajal is one of a handful of players who play club at Real Madrid. He will be a great choice for the squad because of his experience of playing with a top level team, and he will also reunite with many teammates he is used to playing with regularly.

Defender: Raul Albiol

Spain World Cup Roster Raul Albiol
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Defender: Raul Albiol

Spain World Cup Roster Raul Albiol
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Although Raul Albiol comes from Napoli and not an EPL or La Liga club, he has plenty of experience playing with top players. He may need to build some chemistry with other players on the squad, but I don't think that will be a serious problem.

Defender: Javi Martinez

Spain World Cup Roster Javi Martinez
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Defender: Javi Martinez

Spain World Cup Roster Javi Martinez
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Javi Martinez is not new to the squad. He has the needed experience that will make him an easy choice for Del Bosque. He is an essential player on the team.

Defender: Gerard Pique

Spain World Cup Roster Gerard Pique
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Defender: Gerard Pique

Spain World Cup Roster Gerard Pique
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No one in their right mind would choose to leave Gerard Pique off the Spanish squad. He is an excellent player, and he only gets better and better after playing with FC Barcelona for so long.

Defender: Jordi Alba

Spain World Cup Roster Jordi Alba
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Defender: Jordi Alba

Spain World Cup Roster Jordi Alba
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Jordi Alba has really improved during his time at FC Barcelona. He is definitely playing better than ever, and his inclusion on Spain's final squad will only boost his confidence. He is another essential player who has chemistry with his teammates.

Defender: Sergio Ramos

Spain World Cup Roster Sergio Ramos
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Defender: Sergio Ramos

Spain World Cup Roster Sergio Ramos
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Sergio Ramos is a veteran player for the team, and I think he's one of the best defenders they have. They need him on the squad, and I think he'll be a constant starter.

Midfielder: Jesus Navas

Spain World Cup Roster Jesus Navas
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Midfielder: Jesus Navas

Spain World Cup Roster Jesus Navas
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Jesus Navas is a shoo-in for the squad, because he's the kind of player Spain needs. He has the experience and skill to compete, and he is also familiar with the team and their methods.

Midfielder: Sergio Busquets

Spain World Cup Roster Sergio Busquets
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Midfielder: Sergio Busquets

Spain World Cup Roster Sergio Busquets
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Sergio Busquets is one of Spain's best players and is an essential midfielder for the team. His time with FC Barcelona has prepared him to play against the best, which he will surely face during the World Cup.

Midfielder: Thiago Alcantara

Spain World Cup Roster Thiago Alcantara
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Midfielder: Thiago Alcantara

Spain World Cup Roster Thiago Alcantara
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Thiago Alcantara is one of Spain's top players. He's currently battling an injury, but I know that will not keep him from Brazil. His talent is worth the risk of dealing with his injury.

Midfielder: Xabi Alonso

Spain World Cup Roster Xabi Alonso
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Midfielder: Xabi Alonso

Spain World Cup Roster Xabi Alonso
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Xabi Alonso is one of the best players on Spain's national team. He continues to get better and better, and he needs to be on the final squad for the World cup. His skill will make a difference to the club.

Midfielder: David Silva

Spain World Cup Roster David Silva
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Midfielder: David Silva

Spain World Cup Roster David Silva
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David Silva is one of Spain's veteran players, and it would be a mistake to leave him off the squad. He is an essential player for the team, and Vicente del Bosque knows this.

Midfielder: Juan Mata

Spain World Cup Roster Juan Mata
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Midfielder: Juan Mata

Spain World Cup Roster Juan Mata
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Juan Mata is one of those players who only gets better. He is a definitely shinning at Manchester United, and this will earn him a spot on Spain's World Cup squad. His skills are quite beneficial to the team.

Midfielder: Andres Iniesta

Spain World Cup Roster Andres Iniesta
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Midfielder: Andres Iniesta

Spain World Cup Roster Andres Iniesta
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No one can forget the World Cup winning goal Andres Iniesta scored in 2010. He continues to be just as skillful and is a lock for a starting midfielder position.

Midfielder: Xavi Hernandez

Spain World Cup Roster Xavi Hernandez
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Midfielder: Xavi Hernandez

Spain World Cup Roster Xavi Hernandez
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Xavi Hernandez is one of the best midfielders in the world, and he would never be left off of the World Cup roster. His talent is needed on the pitch.

Forward: Pedro Rodriguez

Spain World Cup Roster Pedro Rodriguez
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Forward: Pedro Rodriguez

Spain World Cup Roster Pedro Rodriguez
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Pedro Rodriguez is often seen in FC Barcelona's lineup, and that is with good reason. He is an excellent player that Spain will make use of during the World Cup. He is definitely a needed striker for the team.

Forward Diego Costa

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Forward: Diego Costa

Spain World Cup Roster Diego Costa
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Diego Costa may be new to Spain's national team, but Vicente del Bosque added him for a reason. He's an incredible goal-scorer which can be seen when he plays with Atletico Madrid, and hopefully he will score many goals for Spain during the World Cup.

Forward: Cesc Fabregas

Spain World Cup Roster Cesc Fabregas
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Forward: Cesc Fabregas

Spain World Cup Roster Cesc Fabregas
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Cesc Fabregas plays with the best of the best at FC Barcelona, and although he's quite talented on his own, hopefully he's learned a trick or two from Leo Messi. If he's used a substitute, I know he'll score goals with fresh legs.

Forward: David Villa

Spain World Cup Roster David Villa
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Forward: David Villa

Spain World Cup Roster David Villa
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David Villa is the top scorer for Spain National Team, and he was incredible during the last World Cup. Expect nothing less from Villa this time around, because he will definitely be adding numbers to the board.

Forward: Fernando Torres

Spain World Cup Roster Fernando Torres
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Forward: Fernando Torres

Spain World Cup Roster Fernando Torres
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Fernando Torres may be the best striker Spain has at the moment. He's an incredible shooter who is great at finding open gaps. He will keep opposing defenses on their toes.

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