2010 FIFA World Cup: 32 Teams in 32 Days- Spain
If there were ever a Spanish team capable of finally winning a World Cup, it would be this one. Of course the previous winners of the European Championship will always be one of the favorites to win the World Cup, but Spain has been looking very good.
The Spanish will be playing in their 13th World Cup in South Africa. Their best finish was fourth place in 1950, while they have been to the quarter-finals four times.
This year's team is loaded with talent from top to bottom. When the likes of Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas are expected to come off the bench, you know the team has depth.
The Spainards are led by Coach Vicente Del Bosque. He has become liked simply because he hasn't changed much and has let his talented line-up do their jobs.
Spain became the first team to ever reach the World Cup by winning all ten of their qualifying matches. They scored 28 goals and only conceded 5. It appeared as though striker David Villa "simply couldn't stop scoring!" The team dominated other nations in possession, rarely giving the ball away.
Every unit, goalkeeper, defense, midfield and strikers can be considered some of the best in the tournament. Spain will rely on center midfielders Xavi and Xabi Alonso in South Africa. While they are rivals in the Spanish first division with Barcelona and Real Madrid, they play very well together in the Spanish midfield.
The talent doesn't stop at the midfield. David Villa and Fernando Torres will challenge Robihno and Luis Fabiano for the best striker tandem in the tournament.
The defense is solid with Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique anchoring things in the center.
Last but not least, Spain will have one of the best keepers in Iker Casillas. Casillas has always been a great keeper but really broke out in the Euro 2008.
The Spanish are expected to do well and have been the best team in the world since the last World Cup. They have won 33 of their last 34 competitive matches and that streak will likely increase in South Africa.
Vicente Del Bosque
Del Bosque has been fairly quite since he has been with the team, probably a good thing as things were already in place for Spain to have success.
Arguably the best keeper in the world, Casillas may rarely get tested early in the tournament, but will have to be on his game later in the tournament.
Has scored more goals than anyone in La Liga for the past 6 seasons, the top scorer at Euro 2008, lead the team in scoring for qualification and holds the international record for averaging two goals every three games. I'd say he's at top form going into South Africa.
The pulse of the Spainish midfield, Xavi will be relied upon to hold together a very strong midfield.
One of the best and most recognizable defenders in the world, Puyol will likely be playing in his last World Cup and would love to go out with a bang.
2010 World Cup Schedule:
Spain vs. Switzerland, Durban, South Africa, June 16th
Spain vs. Honduras, Johanesburg, South Africa, June 21st
Spain vs. Chile, Pretoria, South Africa, June 25th