In the Spain: Euro 2016 team preview, we look at the team’s schedule and squad, predicting how far they’ll advance in the competition as well as highlighting the players to watch out for.
Spain: Euro 2016 team preview:
Manager: Vicente del Bosque
Captain: Iker Casillas
Spain: Euro 2016 team preview: Fixtures:
Monday, June 13
Friday, June 17
Tuesday, June 21
Spain: Euro 2016 team preview: Squad:
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David De Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)
Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid).
Midfielders: Bruno (Villarreal), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Thiago (Bayern Munich), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Pedro (Chelsea), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)
Forwards: Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Nolito (Celta Vigo), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Lucas Vasquez (Real Madrid)
Spain: Euro 2016 team preview: Overview:
Reigning champions Spain can make history this summer, as they seek to win their continental competition for the third consecutive edition. But all the signs point towards a team who will have things much tougher in France than they did four years ago.
After all, La Roja, then world champions, coasted to victory in 2012, playing the kind of precise and purposeful football that defined the generation. Much has changed since that tournament, though, with a torrid defence of their world crown and some vital figures in the setup walking away from international football.
Despite their transitional phase Del Bosque’s squad is still the strongest in the tournament in terms of depth. The likes of Juan Mata, Diego Costa, Santi Cazorla and a rejuvenated Fernando Torres have not made the cut this summer, something that says plenty about the talent available to the manager. It means Spain, once again, will be a force to be reckoned with.
Still, doubts do linger. It’s going to be curious to see whether Del Bosque opts for fading skipper Casillas in goal or David De Gea, who has become one of the world’s best. At the other end of the pitch, the manager also has a decision to make, not only on the forward he will play, but whether or not he uses one at all.