This is Spain’s squad for the Qatar 2022 World Cup: stars, players, possible initial alignment
From the hand of Luis Enrique, Spain arrived as one of the favorites at the World Cup in Qatar, with outstanding figures such as Pedri, Sergio Busquets and Ansu Fati.
Después del papelón de 2018 with the arrival and dismissal of Julen Lopetegui and after the absence forced by a personal issue of Luis Enrique, the coach has achieved a new identity for La Roja with young players and an ideal eliminatory (6 victories, a tie and una defeat).
Ahora está séptima en el ranking de la FIFA. In the Eurocopa that was played in 2021, Spain was a semifinalist, eliminated by the eventual champion Italy, and in the Liga de Naciones it is the leader of Group A2. In 2021, he lost the final of the last edition of that League before France, but since then he has only lost one party (against Switzerland).
Aquí, un repaso a las estrellas de La Roja.
Las estrellas españolas de Qatar
El centrocampista canario del FC Barcelona, with only 19 years, is already one of the standards of Spanish football for his creativity at the time of game creation and his incombustible physique.
In 2020, he debuted in the Primera División de España. In 2021, he debuted with the absolute Spanish national team to compete in the qualifying matches for the World Cup in Qatar. This year he finished playing the Eurocopa and the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 (postponed to 2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic). Since then, he has become a fixture both in his club and in the selection.
In 2021, he also won the Golden Boy, the award, in the style of the Golden Ball, for the best young player in the world under the age of 21.
With 34 years, he is the captain of the national team.
He was champion of the world with Spain in 2010 and of Europe in 2012 and this will be his fourth world champion. He also won three Champions Leagues with FC Barcelona.
He is the third footballer with the most matches in the history of the Spanish national team with 139 matches before the start of the World Cup in Qatar.
Despite his age and suffering in the most physical parties, Busquets is one of the indispensable players in the center of the field of FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team for his ability to organize the game.
Another promising youngster from FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team is Ansu Fati. At 20 years old, the forward is one of the most talented players in Spanish football because of his ability to score and find goals, but he arrives in Qatar 2022 with the shadow of knowing if he can recover his level after two years of suffering. lesions, including one in the meniscus that led him to be surgically intervened.
The Spanish coach, Luis Enrique, said that he was one of the players who surprised him the first time he saw him: un compañero ‘¿pero esto qué es, Oliver y Benji (conocida en Latinoamérica como Supercampeones)?'”.
He got the mark of being the youngest player to score an official goal in the history of the Spanish national team with 17 years and 311 days, until he was surpassed by his team mate Gavi with 17 years and 304 days.
Lista completa de convocados de España
When he announced to the convocates for the World Cup, Luis Enrique said, with his particular style, that he had left a list of ‘macanuda’. “I’m fully convinced that we’re going to war,” he said.
This is the list of the 26 summoned, which has some notable absences, such as defender Sergio Ramos and forward Lago Aspas.
Possible initial alignment
España debuts this Wednesday against Costa Rica. In the group stage, he will also face Germany (on Sunday, November 27) and Japan (on Thursday, December 1).
For this Tuesday, according to Marca’s forecast, there are eight players who could leave the court: Unai Simón in the arc; Dani Carvajal, Laporte and Jordi Alba in defense; Busquets, Pedri and Gavi en el mediocampo and Marco Asensio en la delantera. Las mayores dudas, coinciden otros medios locales como Antena 3, están precisely en la offensive.
In a recent broadcast on Twitch, Luis Enrique evaluated the Costa Rican team. “The match before Costa Rica will be similar to the one from Jordan. A team locked behind, something usual that we only find in the matches of the Spanish national team. They are difficult matches, but also have many possibilities if we get the ball to circulate quickly, if we arrive por dentro, por fuera, si retamos… es difícil but estamos acostumbrados a eso y no me preocupa”, he said.
Con información de Sergio Gómez, Sebastián Jiménez Valencia, Felipe Monforte y Ángela Reyes de CNN en Español.