Friday, May 26, 2006

TEAM SPOTLIGHT - Will Spain's success flame the flamenco

The team that’s ranked No.5 in the World today can be called the World’s number one underachievers in World Cup fottball tournaments. Inspite of their phenomenal success in Sports over the years and boasting of having arguably the World’s premier Football league, they have never reached expectations during the World Cup.

If the players, the coach and their many fans are to be believed this is going to be Spain’s year in sports and they are going to the many trophies with the World Cup Trophy. Its already been Spain’s year with Fenando Alonso leading 7-time F1 World Champion, with a young Spaniard finally having beaten the invincible Valentino Rossi, Roger Federer unable to defeat Rafael Nadal in clay and Nadal inturn breaking records. Also in Club Football they have had to taste Champagne, with Sevilla winning the UEFA Cup and Barcelona winning the Champions League.

Spain’s best ever performance was in the 1950 World Cup, they beat England on way to their semi-finals before losing to Brazil. They had also reached the quarterfinals in the inaugural edition of the World Cup.

World Cups played- 11 (1934, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002)

Recent Football History

Lost the quarter finals during the World Cup 2002 in a penalty shoot-out to hosts South Korea, this game marred by controversial decisions by the referees.

Failed to get through to the second round of the Euro 2004 tournament. Eventual champions Greece and runners-up Portugal having qualified from the group.

Spain boasts of world-class players in the form of Raul Gonzales, Fenando Torres, Luis Garcia, Iniesta, and Xabi Alonso among many others. With another class act Fenando Morientes failing to make it to the final squad, shows to provide Spain always had the Squad for a great team.

The Squad

1) Iker Casillas, 23) Jose Manuel Reina, 19) Santiago Canizares,

2) Michel Salgado, 3) Asier Del Horno, 4) Carlos Marchena, 5) Carlos Puyol, 15)Sergion Ramos, 12)Lopez Antonio, 20) Juanito, 22) Pablo

6) David Albelda, 8) Xavi, 10) Jose Antonio Reyes, 13) Iniesta, 15) Xabi Alonso, 17) Joaquin, 18) Cesc Fabregas

7) Gonzales Raul, 9) Fernando Torres, 11) Luis Garcia, 21) David Villa



Anonymous Tevor said...

Go Spain Go

4:45 AM  

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