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Spain 23-Man World Cup Squad Announced!

Football, Spanish Football
Thursday, 20th May, 2010

WOW! Some interesting news here. The Final 23 players have been chosen for Spain, with a few suprises, to me if nobody else.

They announced their 30, and now trimmed it down to 23, here is the list, striked through obviously means not going.

Goalkeepers

Iker Casillas (captain) (age 28) Real Madrid
David de Gea  (age 19) Atlético Madrid
Diego López (age 28) Villarreal
Pepe Reina (age 27) Liverpool
Víctor Valdés (age 28) Barcelona

Defenders

Raúl Albiol (age 24) Real Madrid
Álvaro Arbeloa (age 27) Real Madrid
César Azpilicueta (age 20) Osasuna
Joan Capdevila (age 32) Villarreal
Carlos Marchena (age 30) Valencia
Gerard Piqué (age 23) Barcelona
Carles Puyol (1st vice-captain) (age 32) Barcelona
Sergio Ramos (age 24) Real Madrid

Midfielders

Xabi Alonso (3rd vice-captain) (age 28) Real Madrid
Sergio Busquets (age 21) Barcelona
Santi Cazorla (age 25) Villarreal
Cesc Fabregas (age 23) Arsenal
Xavi Hernández (2nd vice-captain) (age 30) Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta (age 26) Barcelona
Javi Martínez (age 21) Athletic Bilbao
Juan Mata (age 22) Valencia
Jesús Navas (age 24) Sevilla
Pedro Rodríguez (age 22) Barcelona
Marcos Senna (age 33) Villarreal
David Silva (age 24) Valencia

Strikers

Dani Güiza (age 29) Fenerbahce
Álvaro Negredo  (age 24) Sevilla
Fernando Llorente  (age 25) Athletic Bilbao
Fernando Torres  (age 26) Liverpool
David Villa  (age 28) Valencia

Suprising that 2 of the 5 out-and-out forwards are gone from the squad. Mata and Pedro could be considered forward players, aswell as Jesus Nevas and David Silva. If you include these names, that makes 7 forwards! 😀

So if it isnt clear the players not going are De Gea, Diego Lopez, Azpilicueta, Marcos Senna, Santi Cazorla, Dani Guiza and Alvaro Negredo.

Suprises are Marcos Senna, but maybe not, he is getting old (33) and has not had the best season, neither has Santi Cazorla who has had an injury plagued season.

Spain will play friendlies before the finals, which will be:

29th May vs Saudi Arabia (in Austria)
3rd June vs South Korea (in Austria)
8th June vs Poland (in Spain)

Then its the World Cup, and…

16th June vs Switzerland
21st June vs Honduras
25th June vs Chile


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