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Spain Names Its Provisional 30-Man Squad For World Cup 2014

spain squad Spain Names Its Provisional 30 Man Squad For World Cup 2014

Spain has named its provisional 30-man squad for World Cup 2014.

Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado and Real Madrid starlet Isco are the most glaring omissions as the World and European champions announced their squad today.

Fernando Torres, who has been dropped from the last few Spain squads, was included. His spot appears to have come at the expense of Soldado whose poor club form led to being dropped.

Also of note, David  de Gea — the outstanding Manchester United goalkeeper — will likely be participating in his first major tournament. Iker Casillas is likely to remain Spain’s top goalkeeper for this World Cup.

Ander Iturraspe, who has stood out for Athletico Bilbao, has yet to earn a senior Spanish cap but has been included in the squad.

Spain’s provisional 30-man World Cup squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers Iker Casillas, David de Gea, Pepe Reina

Defenders Sergio Ramos, Gerard Piqué, Raúl Albiol, Juanfran, Jordi Alba, César Azpilicueta, Daniel Carvajal, Alberto Moreno

Midfielders Xavi, Javi Martínez, Xabi Alonso, Andrés Iniesta, Koke, Sergio Busquets, Santi Cazorla, Ander Iturraspe, Cesc Fábregas, Thiago Alcântara, Juan Mata, David Silva, Pedro, Jesús Navas

Forwards Diego Costa, David Villa, Fernando Torres, Álvaro Negredo, Fernando Llorente

About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC. View all posts by Kartik Krishnaiyer →

8 Responses to Spain Names Its Provisional 30-Man Squad For World Cup 2014

  1. Kody says:

    no Isco seems a travesty, then you read the included midfielders and can’t find anyone to drop. What a squad

  2. Grayson says:

    Wow, how do you cut 7 players out of that 30 man roster? Obviously, Torres is out, and then Itturaspe, but where do you go after that? Negrado hasn’t scored since January, so he’d probably be the next striker cut (they hardly play with a striker, but Villa can play out wide). Maybe then Koke? Navas didn’t get a lot of playing time down the stretch, but del Bosque likes him in the squad to run at players at the end of games, even when he wasn’t always in form at Sevilla. Tough calls, such a deep team.

  3. Roberto says:

    One of the strongest squads for sure. Just look at that midfield, crazy! I look forward to watch this amazing team play their football on the big stage again.

  4. hello Wow, how do you cut 7 players out of that 30 man roster? Obviously, Torres is out, and then Itturaspe, but where do you go after that? Negrado hasn’t scored since January, so he’d probably be the next striker cut (they hardly play with a striker, but Villa can play out wide). Maybe then Koke? Navas didn’t get a lot of playing time down the stretch, but del Bosque likes him in the squad to run at players at the end of games, even when he wasn’t always in form at Sevilla. Tough calls, such a deep team.

  5. Guy says:

    Stick 10 of the midfielders on as a team and you wouldn’t be too bad. ;-)

    • Flyvanescence says:

      Id love to see it even if just for a friendly.

      Martinez, Alonso and Busquets back 3; Xavi, Thiago, Koke, Cazorla in midfield; front 3 of Iniesta, Fabregas and Silva (which we already saw at Euro 2012 and it actually worked well).

  6. paa bone says:

    wow!that’s obviously the team with better players..i foresee Alberto moreno,Ander Iturraspe,javi martinez,Alcantara who’s already out injured,david villa,koke and maybe navas or pedro being the 7 players to be dropped…fernando torres has always been a tornament player and will no doubt be in the final selection to go to brasil

  7. shantanu says:

    14 midfielders and all of them awesome they might be in need of maximum of 8 or may be 9 then 5 should be left the other two most probably torres or negredo or may be carvaja

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