Following a few golden years and the dominance of Tiki-Taka, Spain looked unbeatable on the International stage at one point. With Xavi, David Villa and Carlos Puyol starting to age, Spanish international Football experienced a noticeable dip. For the World Cup 2018, a new generation of stars could restore former glories in the hopes of a Spain World Cup victory.
– Fifa Ranking Position: 6
– Tournament Best: Champions 2010
– Spain World Cup Appearances: 14
Spain World Cup Qualifiers Overview
In a group containing Italy, Spain knew they had to perform if they were to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Well, they did exactly that. After smashing Lithuania 8-0, and securing an away draw against Italy, Spain won the rest of their qualifying matches. In doing so, they only conceded 3 goals, while scoring 36 which highlights their complete dominance of the group.
Showing the fire-power they possess, 4 Spain Football players shared the top spot for top goalscorer in the group stage. Diego Costa, Isco, Alvaro Morata and David Silva all bagged 5 goals apiece.
Spain World Cup History
It may be difficult to believe, but Spain doesn’t have the best of histories in the World Cup. Their International dominance between 2008 and 2012 made them look like naturals at that level.
They may have appeared 14 times, but they haven’t experienced the success you would expect. Before their 2010 win, Spain had just one semi final appearance to their name, and a handful of quarter-final appearances.
We’ve already mentioned that a new generation of Spanish super-stars are working their way through the ranks. We’re going to put their three key players under the spotlight as their bid to win the World Cup 2018.
With Diego Costa spending half a season on the bench before moving to Atletico Madrid, it’s likely Morata will be the one to spearhead the Spanish attack.
After securing a move to Chelsea for £60 million, he’s taken to the Premier League like a duck to water. He finds the back of the net with regularity.
Morata is an all-round player, with great movement, quick feet and a good turn of pace. In the Premier League he has also demonstrated great aerial ability. He has headed home numerous crosses provided by compatriot and potential World Cup team-mate, Cesar Azpilicueta.
Isco, along with Morata, won the U21 European Championships for the Spanish in 2013. So their progress to full international stars has been expected for a while.
It was following that 2013 European Champions win, that Real Madrid purchased him for £30 million and he has gone from strength to strength. Isco is now one of Madrid’s most important players, and offers the Spain World Cup 2018 team a a creative spark in the middle of the pitch.
With his world class dribbling ability, and eye for a pass, he will be unlocking opposition defences for fun at the World Cup.
While players like David de Gea, Iniesta and David Silva get honourable mentions, the Spain World Cup team will be relying on captain Sergio Ramos to keep things tight at the back.
In a team full of attacking maestros, Sergio’s ability to read the game to stop opposition attacks before they can develop is hugely important.
With 149 appearances under his belt, he will be Spain’s most experienced player and one of just a few that played in their 2010 World Cup campaign.
Spain World Cup 2018 Odds
|2018 World Cup||Spain Win||8/1*|
|2018 World Cup||Spain Win||7/1*|
|2018 World Cup||Spain Win||7/1*|
*Odds at the time of writing. Subject to change.