Spain has announced its 23-member team for the World Cup in Russia. Alvaro Morata and defender Marcus Alonso have not got a place in the team for the World Cup, starting June 14 in Russia. Both of these players were part of Chelsea’s winning team in the prestigious FA Cup title on Saturday. Morata scored only 11 goals for Chelsea this season, but this season Alonso’s performance was spectacular and it is amazing to be out of the team. Apart from these two players, Coach Jules Loptegai has not even given a place in the team for midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Defender Hector Bellerin.
However, defender Nacho Monriel has managed to make his place in the team. Julien Loptegui has included experienced players like Andreas Iniesta, Sergio Ramos, Gerard PK, Jordan Alba, Sergio Bucquets and David Silva, who have the potential to win Spain for the second time in the World Cup. Spain will face Portugal on June 15 in their first match of the World Cup. Spain won its first World Cup in South Africa in 2010.
Spain’s Squad for FIFA World Cup 2018:
Goalkeepers: David de Gia, Pepe Rena, Kepa Arizarblaaga. Defenders: Jordi Alba, Nacho Monriel, Alvaro Odioozola, Nacho Fernández, Dani Karvajal, Gerard PK, Sergio Ramos, Sajar Azpilicueta. Midfielders: Sergio Bucquets, Iso, Thiago Alcantra, David Silva, Andrés Iniesta, Saul Niguage, Kokay. Forwards: Marco Asansio, Near Iago, Diego Costa, Rodigo Moreno, Lukas Vazquez.
Spain’s Fixtures and Venues
Match 1: Portugal vs Spain- 15 June, Friday, 21:00 local time (23:30 IST) at Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Match 2: Iran vs Spain- 20 June, Wednesday, 21:00 local time (23:30 IST) at Kazan Arena, Kazan
Match 3: Spain vs Morocco- 25 June, Monday, 21:00 local time (23:30 IST) at Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
TV and Live Stream
TV: Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 2 HD, Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD
Live Stream: Sony LIV
This Spain squad is capable of playing in two different playing formations. Lopetegui has usually deployed a 4-3-3 but La Roja could also deploy a 4-5-1 formation. In 1950 they finished fourth in the final round-robin stage. And They have reached the quarter-finals only five times. One of their biggest upsets came in 2002 when they were eliminated at the hands of South Korea.