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La Roja are shaping up nicely ahead of Euro 2024

Group B preview: Spain

2024/06/08 16:28
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Once upon a time, Spain conquered the world with a team full of top-class players. However, since their Euro 2012 triumph, they have struggled to relive their glory days.

This year though, La Roja can dare to dream again with an exciting new generation led by Luis De La Fuente, who was promoted from within after success at youth level.

After winning the Nations League last summer, and an almost perfect qualifying campaign, Spain are in good shape.

Keep an eye out for Playmaker's definitive guide to the Euros, complete with profiles on all 24 nations competing, in the latest issue of 'The Mighty Delta'


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Star man

Spain may not have a golden generation anymore, but they do have a generational player in Rodri, who’s been in amazing form.

For many years, Spain depended on Sergio Busquets who seemed impossible to replace, but Rodri has stepped up seamlessly.

At club level, he helped Manchester City make history by winning four Premier League trophies in a row. Now he is ready to lead his country in challenging for the European trophy.


Spain's Euro 2024 squad

PositionNameTeam
Goalkeeper
England
Arsenal
Goalkeeper
Spain
Real Sociedad
Goalkeeper
Spain
Athletic Bilbao
Defender
Spain
Real Madrid
Defender
Spain
Real Sociedad
Defender
Spain
Real Madrid
Defender
Spain
Athletic Bilbao
Defender
Germany
Bayer Leverkusen
Defender
Saudi-Arabia
Al Nassr
Defender
Spain
Sevilla
Defender
England
Chelsea
Midfielder
Spain
Real Sociedad
Midfielder
France
Paris SG
Midfielder
Germany
RB Leipzig
Midfielder
Spain
Villarreal
Midfielder
England
Manchester City
Midfielder
Spain
Real Sociedad
Midfielder
Spain
Barcelona
Midfielder
Spain
Barcelona
Forward
Spain
Atlético de Madrid
Forward
Spain
Real Madrid
Forward
Spain
Barcelona
Forward
Spain
Athletic Bilbao
Forward
Spain
Barcelona
Forward
Spain
Real Sociedad
Forward
Spain
Real Betis
[G=Games, M=Minutes, GS=Goals Scored, YC=Yellow cards, 2Y=Double Yellows, RC=Red cards]


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Young gun

Spain have been blessed with many exciting young talents over the last few years, but one name stands out from the rest: Lamine Yamal.

Having made his Barcelona debut at just 15, to become the youngest player to appear for the club in a century, the teen prodigy has established himself as one of Blaugrana's  key players.

While most 16-year-olds trade stickers of him at break time, Yamal will start for one of the pretournament favourites.


Wildcard

For those unfamiliar with La Liga, seeing Nico Williams play for the first time could be something of a shock.

A quick, direct and dynamic winger, Nico doesn't fit the mould of traditional Spanish players, but he is likely  to be key for La Roja at  Euro 2024.

Still only 21, Williams helped Athletic win the Copa del Rey for the first time in 40 years and is already linked with a big move this summer.


Opinion

Spain are flying under the radar a bit ahead of the tournament with the focus on France, England and hosts Germany.

That can be a good thing. Since taking over, De La Fuente has combined possession-based football with pacy, direct wingers and it has yielded results.

Even without a world-class striker, Spain have hit 25 goals in their last eight games and a leaky defence - with keeper Unai Simón particularly shaky - is more of a concern.

Winning the Euros may be too much to ask from this young generation, but they could go close.


Preferred formation: 4-3-3




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2024-06-08 17h34m by jgibsonson
He has all the qualities to dominate the midfield and dictate the tempo of the game.

As a football fan, I can't help but feel disappointed with Spain's performance since their Euro 2012 triumph. The team just hasn't been able to live up to their previous success. However, with young and talented players like Rodri, there is hope for a brighter future. I'm excited to see what he can bring to the team in the upcoming Euros. Also, can't wait to read
2024-06-08 17h25m by eyoungs8
His vision, passing ability and defensive skills make him an essential part of this new Spanish team.

As a football fan, I have to say I'm thrilled to see this new generation of Spanish players coming up. Rodri's performance has been outstanding and he's definitely a key player to watch in the Euros. I can't wait to see how he will lead the Spanish team to success.
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2024-06-08 17h02m by nlawson12
As a fan, I am grateful to have Rodri in our team. He brings a level of control and creativity that is unmatched. With him leading the midfield, Spain's chances at Euro 2020 are looking bright.
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