Spain enters the 2022 World Cup as one of the favorites to win the competition. Since winning the 2010 World Cup in South Africa in a dominant fashion, the Spanish national team has consistently played some of the most fluent and deadly football of any team. With players representing Europe and Spain’s best teams—including veteran Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte, and Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata—Spain has a strong, talented squad. The biggest question remains whether Luis Enrique can bring through Spain’s talented youngsters like Barcelona’s Gavi, and how deep he can take them into the competition.
Round of 16: Morocco vs. Spain
|Morocco vs. Spain||December 6, 2022||10 a.m.||Education City Stadium|
Prediction: Morocco vs. Spain
Spain enters the game as Group E runners-up after Japan’s shock 2-1 victory over La Roja (which also dumped Germany out of the World Cup group stage for the second straight time). Yet, they should back themselves for the win, despite Morocco’s strong showing in the group stage, topping Group F. On paper, this should be an easy win for Spain. But the reality is that Spain picked up just a point in its last two group games, while Morocco looked impressive in wins over Belgium (2-0) and Canada (2-1). Whoever wins could face a potential quarterfinals matchup with Brazil, depending on how other results fall.
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Group stage: Spain World Cup fixtures and match schedule
|Wed, Nov. 23||Spain vs. Costa Rica (Winner: Spain, 7-0)||11:00 a.m.||Al Thumama Stadium|
|Sun, Nov. 27||Spain vs. Germany (Draw: 1-1)||2:00 p.m.||Al Bayt Stadium|
|Thu, Dec. 1||Japan vs. Spain (Winner: Japan, 2-1)||2:00 p.m.||Khalifa International Stadium|
Final 26-man Spain World Cup roster
|Goalkeeper||David Raya||Brentford (ENG)||27|
|Goalkeeper||Robert Sanchez||Brighton (ENG)||24|
|Goalkeeper||Unai Simon||Athletic Bilbao (SPA)||25|
|Defender||Jordi Alba||Barcelona (SPA)||33|
|Defender||Hugo Guillamon||Valencia (SPA)||22|
|Defender||Pau Torres||Villarreal (SPA)||25|
|Defender||Cesar Azpilicueta||Chelsea (ENG)||33|
|Defender||Dani Carvajal||Real Madrid (SPA)||30|
|Defender||Eric Garcia||Barcelona (SPA)||21|
|Defender||Jose Gaya||Valencia (SPA)||27|
|Defender||Aymeric Laporte||Manchester City (ENG)||28|
|Midfielder||Sergio Busquets||Barcelona (SPA)||36|
|Midfielder||Koke||Atletico Madrid (SPA)||30|
|Midfielder||Marcos Llorente||Atletico Madrid (SPA)||27|
|Midfielder||Rodri||Manchester City (ENG)||26|
|Midfielder||Carlos Soler||PSG (FRA)||25|
|Forward||Dani Olmo||RB Leipzig (GER)||24|
|Forward||Nico Williams||Atletico Madrid (SPA)||20|
|Forward||Marco Asensio||Real Madrid (SPA)||26|
|Forward||Yeremi Pino||Villarreal (SPA)||20|
|Forward||Ansu Fati||Barcelona (SPA)||19|
|Forward||Alvaro Morata||Atletico Madrid (SPA)||29|
|Forward||Pablo Sarabia||PSG (FRA)||30|
|Forward||Ferran Torres||Barcelona (SPA)||22|
Star players on Spain’s World Cup team
Spain is bringing a talented squad to the World Cup, peppered with seasoned veterans like Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) and Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), while ushering in a new generation of young stars looking for their chance to break out on the international stage. Keep an eye on forward Nico Williams (Atletico Madrid), just 20 years old, while Barcelona’s Gavi is even younger at 18—yet both possess ability beyond their years.
Who is Spain’s head coach?
Luis Enrique is a Spanish former player who has gone on to manage the likes of Roma (2011-12), Celta Vigo (2013-14), and Barcelona (2014-2017). During his playing days, Enrique also represented both Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Spain national team strengths & weaknesses
Since totally dominating the 2010 tournament and thereby claiming the nation’s first World Cup trophy, Spain has shown itself to be a force on the international stage. Much like Spanish club teams like Barcelona, the national team prefers to dominate possession of the ball and carve teams open by chipping away at their positional flaws. The presence of players like veteran midfielder Sergio Busquets and rising star Gavi from Barcelona only helps to inject this DNA into the national team. Meanwhile, representatives from Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and dominant English teams like Manchester City bring a winning mentality to the squad that will be eager to prove it’s the best in the world once again.
The Spanish national team’s biggest weakness at the 2022 World Cup may be the absence of veteran center backs it’s bringing to Qatar. The likes of Sergio Ramos (previously Real Madrid, now playing at Paris Saint-Germain) and Gerard Pique (recently retired from Barcelona) helped to anchor the backline at previous tournaments, providing the security at the back for the midfielders to begin flowing attacking plays. Upfront in attack, Atletico Madrid’s Alvaro Morata has occasionally flattered to deceive, though is certainly deadly on his day. The talent and potential is undeniable, but the biggest challenge manager Luis Enrique faces is whether he can get this young Spanish team to gel against the world’s best national teams.
Spain World Cup 2022 odds
The odds for Spain to win the 2022 World Cup is +850, according to Odds Shark. Here are the latest 2022 FIFA World Cup odds for all major countries:
FAQ: Spain 2022 World Cup squad
When did Spain win the World Cup?
Spain has won the World Cup only once, in 2010, beating the Netherlands 1-0 in the final thanks to a beautiful goal from midfielder Andres Iniesta late in extra time. The game was held at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa.
How many times did Spain win the World Cup?
Despite its current stature on the international scene, Spain has only won the World Cup once, at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Its best finish prior to that tournament was fourth place at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil.
How many times has Spain been in the World Cup?
Spain has been present at 16 of the 22 World Cup tournaments, winning the 2010 edition. It failed to qualify on four occasions (1954, 1958, 1970, and 1978) and withdrew from the 1938 World Cup due to the ongoing Spanish Civil War.
How is Spain good at football?
Spain is considered one of the world’s best footballing nations. The Spanish national team is composed of players who represent Spain’s best teams (including Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid) as well as Europe’s top sides such as Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, and RB Leipzig. Spain will be among the favorites to win the 2022 World Cup.