Spain National Team

“The Bison” Spain has been best known for its great football clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona as a main production source of national players. The first set of Spanish legends was created in the 1920 Olympic games when the group of leading players like Jose Maria Balauste, Josep Samitier, Rafael Pichihi and Ricardo Zamora conducted the team to finish the second place of the tournament. The only Spanish player to ever win Ballon'Dor is Luis Suarez Miramontes who made it in 1960. The golden era of Spain national team is fulfilled between the late 2000s to early 2010s with the congregation of world-class players led by Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Iker Casillas.


Spain




Location     :  South-Western Europe
European Championship Participation : 9 Times (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
World Cup Participation :  13 Times (1934, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)
Achievement  :     1950 FIFA World Cup Fourth Place
2010 FIFA World Cup Champion
3 Times European Championship Winners (1964, 2008, 2012)
1984 European Championship Runner-Up
Most Caps  :  Iker Casillas (165 Games)  
Top Scorer : David Villa (56 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Luis Suarez Miramontes






All-Time Spanish Squad


1. Ricardo Zamora

Date Of Birth  :  21 January 1901
Position : Goalkeeper, Height :  194 cm
Caps :  46 Games, Major Club:  Espanyol, Real Madrid
World Cup Participation  :  1934 (3 Games)        
Club Honours   :  4 Times Catalan Champions
2 Times Spanish Champions, 5 Times Copa Del Rey
International Honours   :  1920 Olympic Games Silver Medal
Individual Achievement  :  1934 Order Of Republic Medal
The Great Cross Of The Order Of Cisneros
1934 FIFA World Cup’s Best Goalkeeper
1999 IFFHS Spain Goalkeeper of The Century
Class  :  Queen Gold

2. Joan Segarra

Date Of Birth  :  15 November 1927
Position  :   Right-Back, Height : 175 cm
Major Club :  Barcelona
Caps  :  25 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1962 (1 Game)
Club Honours    :   4 Times Spanish La Liga
6 Times Copa Del Rey
2 Times Inter Cities Fairs Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :   1980 Spanish Footballer of The Year
Class : Prince Gold


3. Jose Antonio Camacho

Date Of Birth  : 8 June 1955
Position :  Left-Back, Height : 174 cm
Major Club : Real Madrid
Caps  : 81 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1982, 1986 (10 Games)
Club Honours  :   9 Times Spanish La liga
5 Times Spanish Cup
1 Time Spanish League Cup
2 Times UEFA Cup (1985, 1986)
International Honours    :   1984 UEFA Euro Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class  : Queen Bronze


4. Jacinto Quincoces

Date Of Birth  :  17 July 1905
Position  :   Center-Back
Height    : 181 cm
Major Club    :   Deportivo Alaves, Real Madrid
Caps   :   25 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1934 (3 Games)
Club Honours    :   2 Times Spanish La liga
2 Times Spanish Cup
International Honours    :  None
Individual Achievement : 1934 FIFA World Cup All-Stars Team
Class  : Prince Gold


5. Fernando Hierro

Date Of Birth  : 25 March 1968
Position :  Sweeper/Center-Back, Height  :  188 cm
Major Club  : Real Madrid, Caps :  89 Games (29 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   1994, 1998, 2002 (12 Games)
Club Honours   :   5 Times Spanish La liga, 1 Time Spanish Cup
3 Times UEFA Champion League (1998, 2000, 2002)
2 Times Intercontinental Cup (1998, 2002)
International Honours    :  1982 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement : 1997 El Pas Spanish Footballer Of The Year
1998 UEFA Champion League Best Defender
2002 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
Class : Queen Bronze

6. Jose Pirri 

Date Of Birth   :   11 March 1945
Position  :  Box-To-Box Midfielder
Height    : 174 cm
Major Club  :   Real Madrid
Caps   :   47 Games (16 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   1966, 1978 (7 Games)
Club Honours   :   10 Times Spanish La liga
4 Times Copa Del Rey
1966 European Cup Winner
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class  :  Queen Gold


7. Amancio Amaro 

Date Of Birth  :  16 October 1939
Position  : Right-Winger, Height :  176 cm
Major Club  :  Real Madrid, Caps :  42 Games (11 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   1966 (2 Games)
Club Honours   :   9 Times Spanish La Liga
3 Times Copa Del Rey
1966 European Cup Winner, 1964 Runner-Up
International Honours  : 1964 European Championship Winner
Individual Achievement  :  2 Times La Liga Top Scorer (1969,1970)
1964 European Championship Best Player
1964 Bronze Ball European Footballer of The Year
Class : Queen Silver


8. Xavi Hernandez  

Date Of Birth  :   25 January 1980
Height  :  170 cm, Position :  Central Holding Midfielder
Major Club  :   Barcelona, Caps : 133 Games
World Cup Participation  :   2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 (17 Games)
Club Honours :  6 Times Spanish La Liga, 1 Time Copa Del Rey
3 Times UEFA Champion League (2006, 2009, 2011)
2 Time FIFA Club World Cup (2009, 2012)
International Honours :  2 Times UEFA Euro Winners (2008, 2012)
2010 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement  :   1999 La  Liga Young Player Of The Year
2005 Spanish Player Of The Year, 2008 UEFA Euro Best Player 
2008 IFFHS World Best Playmaker, 2009 UEFA Club Best Midfielder
2009 Bronze Ball World Soccer Player of The Year
                          2009 Bronze Ball Ballon’ Dor, FIFA World Player of The Year
                2009 Spanish National Sportsman of the Year, 010 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
        2 Times Bronze Ball FIFA Ballon'Dor (2010, 2011)
Class   : Queen Gold

9. Raul Gonzalez 

Date Of Birth  : 27 June 1977, Height   : 182 cm
Position   :   Forward, Major Club : Real Madrid
Caps  :  102 Games (44 Goals)
World Cup Participation : 1998, 2002, 2006 (11 Games/ 5 Goals)
Professional Score Record  :  359 Goals/ 837 Games
Club Honours : 6 Times Spanish La Liga, 1 Time DFB-Pokal
3 Times UEFA Champion League (1998, 2000, 2002)
2 Times Intercontinental Cup (1998, 2002)
International Honours   :   None
Individual Achievement : 1995 Young Spanish Player of The Year
5 Times Spanish Player of The Year (1997,1999,2000,2001,2002)
2 Times La Liga Top Scorer (1999,2001),2000 European Cup Top Scorer
1999 IFFHS International Top Scorer
                        2001 Silver Ball Ballon'Dor, Bronze Ball FIFA World Player of The Year
                  2 Times Bronze Ball World Soccer Player of The Year (2001, 2003)
          2008 Spanish La Liga Player of The Year, UEFA Champion League All-Time Top Scorer
Class : Queen Bronze


10. Luis Suarez Moramontes

Date Of Birth  :   2 May 1935
Position :  Playmaker, Height :  175 cm
Major Club :  Barcelona, Inter Milan
Caps  :  32 Games (14 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :  1962, 1966 (4 Games)
Club Honours  :   3 Times Italian Series A
 2 Times Spanish League, 1 Time Copa Del Rey
2 Times European Cup Winners (1964, 1965)
1967 European Cup Runner-Up
2 Times Intercontinental Cup (1964, 1965)
International Honours :  1964 European Championship Winner
Individual Achievement :  964 UEFA Euro Best XI
1960 Ballon'Dor, 2 Times Silver Ball (1961,1964), 1965 Bronze Ball                                                                          Class : Queen Gold


11. Francisco Gento

Date Of Birth  :  21 October 1933
Position  :  Left-Winger, Height : 178 cm
Major Club :  Real Madrid, Caps :  43 Games (5 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   1962, 1966 (5 Games)
Club Honours : 12 Times Spanish La Liga, 2 Times Spanish Cup
6 Times European Cup (1956,1957,1958,1959,1960,1966)
2 Times European Cup Runner-Up (1962, 1964)
1960 Intercontinental Cup
International Honours   :   2004 UEFA EUro Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  :  Voetbal World Team of The Century
Class : Queen Gold


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Substitution 
  

12. Iker Casillas

Date Of Birth :  20 May 1981, Height  :  182 cm
Caps : 165 Games, Position : Keeper, Major Club  : Real Madrid
World Cup Participation : 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 (17 Games)
Club Honours :  5 Times Spanish La Liga, 2 Times Copa Del Rey
3 Times UEFA Champion League (2000, 2002, 2014)
2002 Intercontinental Cup
International Honours :  2 Times UEFA Euro Winner (2008, 2012)
2010 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement  :  2000 Bravo Award, 2008 Zamora Trophy
2009 La Liga Best Goalkeeper, 2008, 2012 UEFA Euro Best Keeper
2008 UEFA Club Goalkeeper Of The Year
5 Times European Goalkeeper Of The Year (08, 09,10,11,12)
IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper : 5 Times Winner (08,09,10,11,12)
            2 Times 2nd Place (02, 03), 3rd Place (07), 2010 FIFA World Cup Golve
       UEFA Champion League Most Clean Sheets                                                                                           Class : Queen Gold

13. Carles Puyol 

Date Of Birth  : 13 April 1978
Position  :  Center-Back/ Right-Back
Height : 178 cm, Major Club : Barcelona, Caps : 100 Games
World Cup Participation  :   2002, 2006, 2010 (14 Games)
Club Honour :   5 Times Spanish La liga, 3 Times Spanish Cup
3 Times UEFA Champion League (2006, 2009, 2011)
2009 FIFA Club World Cup
International Honours :  2008 UEFA Euro, 2010 FIFA World Cup
Individual Achievement : 2006 UEFA Champion League Best Defender
6 Times UEFA Team of The Year, 3 Times FIFPro World XI 
2008 UEFA Euro Best XI, 2010 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
2010 European Defender of The Year
Class  : Prince Gold

14. Rafael Gordillo 

Date Of Birth  :  24 February 1957
Position  :   Left-Wing-Back
Height   :  180 cm
Major Club :  Real Betis, Real Madrid
Caps  :  75 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1982, 1986 (6 Games)
Club Honours   :   5 Times Spanish La Liga
2 Times Copa Del Rey, 1986 UEFA Cup
International Honours  : 1984 UEFA Euro Runner-Up
Individual Achievement : 1980 Spanish La Liga Player of The Year
Real Betis Greatest Player Ever
Class : Prince Gold


15. Sergio Ramos

Date Of Birth  :  30 March 1986
Position : Center-Back/Right-back, Height  : 183 cm
Caps   :  142 Games, Major Club :  Real Madrid
World Cup Participation  :  2006, 2010, 2014
Club Honours  :  4 Times Spanish La Liga
2 Times Copa Del Rey, 2014 World Club Cup
3 Times UEFA Champion League (2014,2016, 2017)
International Honours  :  2010 FIFA World Cup
2 Times UEFA Euro Winners (2008, 2012)
Individual Achievement : 4 Times La Liga Best Defender
2005 La Lga Breaktrhough Players of the Year  
3 Times ESM Team of the Year (2008, 2012, 2015)
2010 FIFA World Cup All-Star Teams, 2012 UEFA Euro Best XI
                                                     2014 FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball
                                                     Class : Prince Gold

16. Xabi Alonso


Date Of Birth  :  25 November 1981
Position :  Defensive Holding Midfielder
Height  :  183 cm, Caps  :  113 Games
Major Club  :  Real Sociedad, Liverpool
World Cup Participation  :   2006, 2010, 2014 (13 Games)
Club Honours: 1 Time Spanish La Liga
1 Time Copa Del Rey, 1 Time FA Cup
2 Times UEFA Champion League (2005,2014), 2007 Runner-Up
International Honours  : 2 Times UEFA Euro Winner (2008, 2012)
2010 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement  :   2003 Spanish Footballer of The Year
Class : Prince Gold

17. Andres Iniesta 

Date Of Birth  :  11 May 1984
Height : 170 cm, Position  :   Left-Playmaker
Major Club   :  Barcelona, Caps :  117 Games
World Cup Participation  :   2006, 2010, 2014 (10 Games)
Club Honours :  5 Times Spanish La Liga, 4 Time Copa Del Rey
3 Times UEFA Champion League (2006, 2009, 2011)
2 Times FIFA Club World Cup (2009, 2011)
International Honours  :  2010 FIFA World Cup Champion
2 Times UEFA Euro Winners (2008, 2012)
Individual Achievement  :  2009 Spanish Footballer of The Year
2008 UEFA Euro Best XI, 2012 UEFA Euro Best Player
2010 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team
2010 Silver Ball, 2012 Bronze Ball FIFA Ballon’Dor
                                                     2011 - 2012 UEFA Best Player In Europe
                                                     Class : Queen Silver


18. Estanislao Basora

Date Of Birth  :  18 November 1926
Position :  Right-Winger, Height :  168 cm
Major Club   :  Barcelona
Caps   :  22 Games (13 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   1950 (6 Games with 5 Goals)
Club Honours   :   4 Times Spanish La Liga
4 Times Spanish Cup
1958 Inter Cities Fairs Cup
International Honours : None
Individual Achievement  :    None
Class    :   Queen Silver

19. Josep Samitier 

Date Of Birth  :  2 February 1902
Position  :   Attacking Midfielder
Height    :  172 cm
Major Club  :  Barcelona
Caps    :  21 Games
Olympic Games Participation : 1920
Professional Scores Record :  326 Goals
Club Honours    :   1 Time Spanish La Liga
 5 Times Copa Del Rey
1997 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
International Honours    :   1920 Olympic Game Silver Medal
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class : Prince Gold

20. Emilio Butragueno

Date Of Birth  :   22 July 1963
Position : Forward, Height  :  178 cm
Major Club  :  Real Madrid, Caps  :  69 Games (26 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : 1986, 1990 1986 (9 Games with 5 Goals)
Professional Score Record  :  199 Goals/ 555 Games
Club Honours  :   6 Times Spanish La Liga
2 Times Copa Del Rey, 2 Time UEFA Cup (1985, 1986)
International Honours   :  1984 European Championship Runner-Up
Individual Achievement   :   2 Times Bravo Awards (1985, 1986)
1 Time Spanish La Liga Top Scorer
1986 FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe, All Star Team
2 Times Bronze Ball European Footballer of The Year (1986, 1987)
Class  : Prince Gold

21. David Villa

Date Of Birth  :  3 December 1981
Position :   Forward, Height :  175 cm
Major Club  :  Valencia, Caps   :  97 Games (59 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   2006, 2010 (11 Games/9 Goals)
Professional Scores Record :  287 Goals/ 549 Games
Club Honours : 2 Times Spanish La Liga, 2 Times Copa Del Rey
2011 UEFA Champion League, 2014 Runner-Up
International Honours  :   2008 European Championship Winner
Individual Achievement  :   3 Times Spanish La Liga Top Scorer
2006 Spanish Footballer of The Year, Spain All-Time Top Scorer
2008 UEFA Euro Top Scorer - Team of The Tournament
2010 FIFA World Cup Top Scorer - Bronze Ball - All-Star Team
Prince of Auturias Awards, Royal Order of Sporting Merit
                                                     Class : Prince Gold


22. Telmo Zarra

Date Of Birth  :  20 January 1921
Position : Target Striker, Height  : 180 cm
Major Club  :   Athletic Bilbao
Caps   :   20 Games (20 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :  1958 (6 Games with 4 Goals)
Professional Score Record  :  333 Goals/ 352 Games
Club Honours : 1 Time Spanish La Liga, 5 Times Copa Del Rey
International Honours     :  None
Individual Achievement  : Sports Merit Medal
Copa Del Rey All-Time Top Scorer
Spanish La Liga All-Time Most Top Scorer (6 Times)
Athletic Bilbao All-Time Top Scorer - Greatest Player Ever
Class : Queen Silver


Manager 

Vicente Del Bosque

Year Of Birth : 6 January 1939
Major Team : Real Madrid, Spain
Major Achievement : 2 Times Spanish La Liga
3 Times Spanish Cup
3 Times European Cup Winners (2000, 2002)
2002 Intercontinental Cup
2010 FIFA World Cup Champion
2012 UEFA Euro Winner
Individual Achievement : 
2 Times UEFA Club Coach of the Year (2000, 2002)
2002 IFFHS World Best Club Coach
3 Times IFFHS World Best National Coach
2012 FIFA World Coach of teh year
Style : Attacking
Class :  Queen Gold





Conclusion of Squad

GK : Ricardo Zamora, Iker Casillas
DF : Carles Puyol, Jose Camacho, Fernando Hierro, Jacinto Quincoces, Joan Segarra, Rafael Gordillo, Sergio Ramos
MF : Jose Pirri, Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernandez,  Luis Suarez Miramontes (Captain), Josep Samitier, Estanislao Basora, Francisco Gento, Amancio Amaro
FW : Raul Gonzalez, Emiliano Butragueno, David Villa, Telmo Zarra
Manager : Vicente Del Bosque




Formation XI (4-5-1)




Explanation of Formation


The team strategy is applied from the tiki-taka system with the five players in midfield line as a main control function. Ricardo Zamora is considered to be superior to Casillas in overall ability although Casillas' achievement with Spain is much higher. Segarra and Camacho are balanced full-back, would support the game at the side well. Hierro commands the back-line as a sweeper and would also support the creative force to the midfield line. Quincoces stands as a stopper with considerable technique. Pirri is responsible as a box-to-box midfielder, supporting the offensive game, would leave Xavi based on central midfield area to centralize in linkage of the ball possession of the team. Gento with his great speed on the left flank is a dangerous equipment. Amancio is assigned to support scoring task so he would act as a wing-forward. Luis Suarez is an offensive midfielder who would mainly create the decisive passing to Raul who is a withdrawn target-man in some occasion.       


Camp Nou Stadium






Opened : 1957
City  : Barcelona
Capacity : 98,772 
Field Dimension 
 105x72m







Statistics
         By Decades
    By Class
       By Club
1920s : 1
1930s : 2
1940s : 1
1950s : 3
1960s : 2
1970s : -
1980s : 4
1990s : 1
2000s : 6
2010s : 2
King  :  1
Queen :  13
Prince :  8


Real Madrid : 12
Barcelona :  7
Athletic Bilbao : 2
Valencia : 1








Positional Ranking of Substitution 

Goalkeeper


1. Jose Angel Iribar
Date Of Birth    :  1 March 1943
Height     :  181 cm
Major Club    :  Athletic Bilbao
Caps.  :  49 Games
World Cup Participation: 1966 (3 Games)
Club Honours   :  2 Times Copa Del Rey
International Honours  :  1964 European Championship Winners
Individual Achievement : 1 Time Zamora Trophy (1970)
1964 European Championship Best Goalkeeper
Class : Queen Silver


2. Andoni Zubizarreta

Date Of Birth    :  23 October 1961
Height   :  193 cm, Caps.  : 126 Games
Major Club   :  Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona
World Cup Participation :  1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 (16 Games)
Club Honours   :   6 Times Spanish La Liga
3 Times Copa Del Rey, 1989 European Cup Winners Cup
1992 European Cup Winner, 1994  Runner-Up    
International Honours : None
Individual Achievement : 1987 Zamora Trophy
1987 Spanish Footballer of The Year   
1992 Second Place IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper of The Year
La Liga All-Time Most Clean Sheets
                                                    Class  : Queen Bronze

3. Antonio Ramallets

Date Of Birth    :  4 June 1924
Height    :  182 cm, Major Club  :  Barcelona
International Caps.  :  35 Games
World Cup Participation: 1950 (4 Games)
Club Honoures   : 6 Times Spanish La Liga
4 Times Copa Del Rey, 1 Time Latin Cup
2 Times Inter Cities Fair Cup
1961 Euroopean Cup Runner-Up
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement : 5 Times Zamora Trophy
(1952,1956,1957,1959,1960)
Class :  Queen Bronze

4. Luis Arconada

Date Of Birth  :  26 June 1954
Height   :  179 cm
Major Club  :  Real Sociedad
Caps    :  68 Games
World Cup Participation  :  1978, 1982 (5 Games)
Club Honours   :  2 Times Spanish La Liga
1 Time Spanish Cup
International Honours   : 1984 European Championship Runner-Up
Individual Achievement : 3 Times Zamora Trophy
Real Sociedad Greatest Player Ever
Class : Prince Gold




Defender


1. Jose Migueli

Date Of Birth  :  19 December 1951
Position  :  Center-Back
Height    :  183 cm
Major Club :  Barcelona
Caps   :  32 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1978 (2 Games)
Club Honours   :   2 Times Spanish La Liga
4 Times Copa Del Rey
2 Times UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1979, 1982)
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement : 2 Times La Liga Player of The Year (1978, 1985)
Class : Prince Silver


2. Jesus Garay Vecino

Date Of Birth  :  10 Septamber 1930      
Position    :  Center-Back
Height      :  182 cm
Major Club  :  Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona
Caps         :  29 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1962
Club Honours    :   1 Time Spanish League
 4 Times Spanish Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  : 1963 Marca La LIga Best Player
Class : Prince Silver
3. Feliciano Rivilla

Date Of Birth  :  21 August 1936
Position  :  Right-Wing-Back
Height    :  170 cm
Major Club :  Atletico Madrid
Caps   :  26 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1962 (3 Games)
Club Honours   :   1 Times Spanish La Liga
3 Times Copa Del Rey
1962 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement :  1964 UEFA Euro Best XI
Class : Prince Silver



Defensive Midfielder


1. Joseph Guardiola

Date Of Birth  :   18 January 1971
Positio  :   Defensive Holding Midfielder
Height  :   180 cm, Major Club :  Barcelona
Caps. :  47 Games
World Cup Participation: 1994 (2 Games)
Club Honours    :   6 Times Spanish La Liga
2 Times Copa Del Rey
1992 European Cup Winner
1994 European Cup Runner-Up
1997 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement : 1992 Bravo Award
Class :  Prince Gold


2. Sergio Busquets

Date Of Birth  :  16 July 1988
Position :  Defensive Holding Midfielder
Height :  189 cm, Major Club  :  Barcelona
Caps :  97 Games
World Cup Participation  : 2014
Club Honours   :   5 Times Spanish La Liga
5 Times Copa Del Rey
3 Times UEFA Champion League (09,11,15)
3 Times FIFA Club World Cup (09,11,15)
International Honours  : 2012 UEFA Euro Winner
Individual Achievement  : 2009 Bravo Award
2015 UEFA Champion League Squad of the season
Class : Prince Silver

3. Victor Munoz

Date Of Birth  :  15 March 1957
Position   :   Destroyer, Heigh :  172 cm
Major Club  :  Real Zaragoza, Barcelona
Caps :  60 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1986 (5 Games)
Club Honours         :   1 Time Spanish La Liga
2 Times Copa Del Rey
1 Time Copa Italia
2 Times UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1982, 1990)
International Honours  :  1984 European Championship Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  :  Real Zaragoza Greatest Player Ever
Class : Prince Silver



Offensive Lateral


1. Michel Gonzalez

Date Of Birth  :  23 March 1963
Position  : Right-Side-Midfielder/Central Holding Midfielder
Height  :  183 cm, Major Club  :  Real Madrid
Caps  :  66 Games (21 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   1986, 1990 (9 Games)
Club Honours :  6 Times Spanish League
2 Times Spanish Cup, 2 Time UEFA Cup
International Honours     :  None
Individual Achievement  :   1986 Spanish Footballer of The Year
1988 European Cup Top Scorer
Class : Queen Bronze


2. David Silva

Date Of Birth  :  8 January 1986
Position  :   Right-Side Midfielder
Height    :  169 cm
Major Club :  Valencia, Manchester City
Caps  :  111 Games
World Cup Participation  :  2010
Club Honours   : 2 Times English Premier League
1 Time Copa Del Rey, 1 Time FA Cup
International Honours   :  2010 FIFA World Cup
2 Times UEFA Euro Winners (2008, 2012)
Individual Achievement : 2012 UEFA Euro Best XI
Class : Prince Silver

3. Augustin Gainza

Date Of Birth  :  28 Mrach 1922
Position  :   Left-Wing-Forward
Height    :  169 cm
Major Club :  Athletic Bilbao
Caps  :  33 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1950 (5 Games)
Club Honours      :   2 Times Spanish La Liga
7 Times Copa Del Rey
International Honours   :  1950 FIFA World Cup Third Place
Individual Achievement : Copa Del Rey All-Time Most Winners
Class : Prince Silver



Offensive Midfielder


1. Cesc Fabregas

Date Of Birth  :  4 May 1987
Position : Playmaker
Height : 175 cm, Major Club : Arsenal, Caps :  91 Games
World Cup Participation  :   2006, 2010, 2014
Club Honours :   1 Time FA Cup, 1 Time Copa Del Rey
2006 UEFA Champion League Runner-Up
International Honours    :  2 Times UEFA Euro Winner (2008, 2012)
2010 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement  :   2006 Bravo Award
2008 PFA Team of The Year
2008 European Championship Team of The Tournament
2 Times UEFA Team of The Year (2006, 2008)
Class : Prince Gold

2. Luis Enrique

Date Of Birth  :  8 May 1970
Position  :   Attacking Midfielder
Height :  180 cm
Major Club  :  Real Madrid, Barcelona
Caps  :  62 Games
World Cup Participation  :   1994, 1998, 2002 (12 Games)
Club Honours       :   3 Times Spanish La Liga
3 Times Copa Del Rey
1997 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement  :   None
Class : Prince Gold

3. Gaizka Mendieta

Date Of Birth   :   27 March 1974
Position  : Box-To-Box Midfielder, Right-Side Midfielder
Height  : 173 cm
Major Club  :  Barcelona
International Caps.  :  40 Games
World Cup Participation: 2002 (3 Games)
Club Honoures   :  1 Time Copa Del Rey
1 Time English League Cup
2 Times UEFA Champion League Runner-Up (2000, 2001)
International Honours  : None
Individual Achievement : 
2 Times UEFA Champion League Best Midfielder (2000, 2001)
Class : Prince Silver

4. Luis De Sol

Date Of Birth   :   6 April 1935
Position  : Playmaker, Caps.  :  16 Games
Height   :  169 cm, Major Club  :  Real Madrid, Juventus
World Cup Participation: 1962, 1966 (4 Games)
Club Honoures       : 2 Times Spanish League
1 Times Italian Series A, 1 Time Copa Del Rey
1 Time Coppa Italia
1960 European Cup, Intercontinental Cup
International Honours  : 1964 UEFA Euro WInner
Individual Achievement : None
Class : Prince Silver




Striker


1. Isidro Langara

Date Of Birth  :   25 May 1912
Position : Target Striker, Height  :  182 cm
Major Club :  Real Oviedo, San Lorenzo
Caps  :   12 Games (17 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :  1934 (2 Games with 2 goals)
Professional Score Record  :  318 Goals/ 298 Games
Club Honour  :   1 Time Argentinean Nacional League
1 Time Mexican League, 1 Time Mexican Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement   :   3 Time Spanish La Liga Top Scorer
1 Time Argentinean League Top Scorer
2 Time Mexicam League Top Scorer
1 Time South American League Top Scorer
                                                    1946 CONCACAF Player of The Year
                                                    Class : Prince Gold


2. Fernando Torres

Date Of Birth  :  20 March 1984
Position :  Target Striker, Height   :  185 cm
Major Club : Atletico Madrid, Liverpool
Caps  :  110 Games (38 Goals)
World Cup Participation : 2006, 2010 (12 Games/4 Goals)
Club Honours : 1 Time FA Cup
International Honours  :  2 Times UEFA Euro Winners (2008, 2012)
2010 FIFA World Cup Champion
Individual Achievement  2008 UEFA Euro Best XI
2008 Bronze Ballon'Dor, FIFA World Player of The Year
2012 European Championship Golden Boot
2013 FIFA Confedeartion Cup Top Scorer
                                                     Class : Prince Silver

3. Mundo

Date Of Birth  :  22 January 1916
Position   : Target Striker, Height  :  180 cm
Major Club  :  Valencia
Caps :  3 Games (3 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   None
Professional Scores Record : 195 Goals/ 231 Games
Club Honours   :   3 Times Spanish La Liga
2 Times Copa Del Rey
International Honours    :  None
Individual Achievement  :  2 Times Spanish League Top Scorer
Valencia All-Time Top Scorer
Class : Prince Silver

4. Carlos Santillana

Date Of Birth  :  23 August 1952
Position  :   Forward, Height  :  175 cm
Major Club  :  Real Madrid
Caps  :  56 Games (15 Goals)
World Cup Participation  :   1978, 1982 (4 Games)
Professional Scores Record : 358 Goals/ 778 Games
Club Honours  :  9 Times Spanish La Liga
4 Times Copa Del Rey
2 Times UEFA Cup Champion (1985, 1986)
International Honours : 1984 European Championship Runner-Up
Individual Achievement : 1983 Cup Winners Cup Top Scorer
Class : Prince Silver



Table of Positional Ranking
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The Greatest Spanish Players of the Era

10s : -
20s : Josep Samitier (1st Half), Ricardo Zamora (2nd Half)
30s : Ricardo Zamora (1st Half), Isidro Langara (2nd Half)
40s : Telmo Zarra (2nd Half)
50s : Estanislao Basora (1st Half), Luis Suarez Miramontes (2nd Half)
60s : Luis Suarez Miramontes  (1st Half), Amancio (2nd Half)
70s : Jose Pirri
80s : Jose Antonio Camacho (1st Half), Emilio Butragueno (2nd Half)
90s : Luis Enrique (1st Half), Raul Gonzalez (2nd Half)
00s : Raul Gonzalez (1st Half), Xavi Hernandez (2nd Half)
10s : Andres Iniesta (1st Half)



The Greatest Spanish Footballers of All-Time

1. Luis Suarez Miramontes
2. Xavi Hernandez
3. Francisco Gento 
4. Andres Iniesta
5. Ricardo Zamora
6.  Iker Casillas
7.Jose Pirri
8. Raul Gonzalez
9. Telmo Zarra
10. Amancio Amaro

34 comments:

  1. Anonymous15/7/14

    OK, firstly I'll start of by congratulating you on putting all this together. This history needs to be preserved for the future so that we can look back 10, 20 even 50 years from now and understand each new footballing landmark within its historical context, so well done!

    As such, I think its crucial to get the fine details right, and though it might seem tedious, I simply cannot understand how you can make an all time Spanish XI without starting a single player from their greatest generation ever, and frankly, from one of the best sides ever to play the game. Xavi and Iniesta for me particularly deserve a place. In order to properly appreciate what Xavi really gave Spain, you need to remember that back in 2008, the Spanish national team were not expected to do well. As such, the quality of their football blew most teams away, with Xavi having the space to create with relative freedom. Things were different in 2010: teams were ready for Spain's passing game, and put 8, 9 or even 10 men in front of the ball. This tournament for me, was where Xavi's genius was most obvious. He was played in the position of a classic number 10, but actually behaved more like a deep lying playmaker, concentrating on keeping the ball, dictating the tempo, and assuring Spain retained control and did not get caught on the counter. Most people were concerned by how few goals Spain scored, but what should have been noted was how few they conceded, and Xavi in fact had more to do with this than anyone. In a tournament where, frankly, every team refused to allow them to play, Xavi's contribution is one of the most understated in football history. The more you watch of Xavi's football, both for Spain and Barcelona, the more you see how intelligent he is. Much of his work is actually done without the ball. He's never static, and is always moving to make himself an option when his team is attacking, or to block of the angle for a pass when defending. Few players have ever played this role as excellently or as consistently as Xavi.

    A few words on Andres Iniesta. With Xavi playing this kind of role, Iniesta is often asked to do even more creating than he normally would, and often from out wide! He does this brilliantly for Barcelona, and its no coincidence that the gap between Barcelona's 2009 and 2011 champions league triumphs came when Iniesta was out of the picture.

    Now compare this to the players you have ahead of him, both in your rankings and in your first XI. Estanislao Basora, Raul, and Paco Gento were all great players, but none of them were the linchpins of their club or international sides, or defined the teams they played in to the extent that Xavi did. Rather, they decorated teams, providing attacking flair, but nothing truly indespensible. For that matter, your decision to go with 4-4-2 doesn't even make sense, as it leaves the side wide open and incredibly vulnerable in midfield, as neither of your strikers are the type to instinctively come deep.

    If you'll permit me, this would by my proposition. Replace Raul (yes really) and Basora with Xavi and Iniesta. Change your 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3, with Xavi partnering Suarez and Pirri, while Iniesta goes to the right, where he can drift inside and create the way he has done for a great deal of his career. He is positionally versatile, so I don't think playing him on the right is a problem. Now you have a side that is infinitely more balanced, and more importantly, better represents the true greatness of Spanish football. For good measure, I would also knock Xavi's class up to (at least) King Bronze, given the influence he had on the way football was played in his era. On that note, he certainly deserves to move ahead of Paco Gento on your all time Spanish list, and arguably Suarez as well, although that's a much closer call. I think he should also move ahead on your positional rankings for central midfielders, as none of Ocwirk, Brietner, Monti, Andrade or Masopust combined ability with success to the extent Xavi did.

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    1. Your description of Xavi’s playing characteristic is really an impressive representative but it is slight more than my watch on his footage. The Spanish dominance side was centralized in midfield area led by Xavi and the tactic strategy fulfilled Xavi’s potential skill conduct to his great performance. His individual style of playing is nevertheless seen to be limited functionally when he was just based on central midfield area, not capable to support scoring enough as midfield had should made within its supporting duty. His defensive quality is also rather limited for central midfielder position. That makes a conclusion that he was superb in specific tactic but his individual ability is not considered among the best ever. When All-Time XI was made, the selection is primarily based on players’ ability but need to make equivalent of the formation as well.

      For your suggestion to adjust the formation, I think it would be more 4-5-1 than 4-3-3 since Iniesta and Gento are a pure midfielder and I think effectiveness of Iniesta should be reduced unnecessarily if he was moved to the right-side, is also not a great supporter of scoring for position in the front-line. In case Xavi would be selected to play alongside Luis Suarez in midfield area (Suarez could play as inside-forward), the Spanish right-winger should be either of Basora or Amancio. The format 4-5-1 could be as equivalent as 4-4-2 as long as there is a support striker behind Zarra and both wingers could perform as wing-forward role but I see Gento is seldom a wing-forward and Luis Suarez is also not a natural support striker.

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    2. Luke Smith12/10/15

      Spain are stronger with more midfielders on the pitch, so a 4-5-1 should suit them. Iniesta played most of his career for Spain from either the right or the left, so moving him there hardly reduces his effectiveness. More to the point, it is unrealistic to suggest Spain wouldn't score enough goals without 2 strikers; they won Euro 2012 by four goals without even one striker on the pitch:
      http://www.zonalmarking.net/2012/07/02/spain-4-0-italy-euro-2012-tactics/

      It is, frankly, a misrepresentation to have an all time Spanish XI without including Xavi. He is the most influential player in the history of Spanish football, and the most important player in their best ever team. To have someone like Basora in ahead of him, or even Telmo Zarra, both of whom contributed comparatively little to the international team, is to misrepresent Spanish football. I still argue that a 4-5-1 actually makes Spain stronger than a 4-4-2, but if you're that concerned about the lack of goal scorers in the team, then move Raul to the right and play him as a wide forward, who can drift inside or make runs in behind. But please put Xavi in the first XI, his absence is embarrassing.

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    3. OK, It would be fine to include Xavi by pushing L.Suarez to more advanced role and remove Zarra. It is still to difficult to find the room for Iniesta. I also replace Basora by Amancio based on application of the systematic scorecard in PHF. Please see the revised information as above.

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  2. If Iniesta and Xavi are 3 and 4 placed as major players, because they are not in the starting lineup up?

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    1. Xavi and Iniesta is not named in formation XI even they are ranked as the 3rd and 4th bet Spanish players because of tactical awareness. Xavi and Luis Suarez Miramontes is considered as an incompatible pair if they played together due to the same role of playing. Has Gento on the left-wing, no space for Iniesta who is a semi-left midfielder.

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    2. The Iniesta is a versatile player, could be compatible if used in another position, I think this team is very offensive, he could enter the place of Estanislao Basora, would help the Pirri marking. (Google translate - I am Brazilian)

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    3. Iniesta is not a natural right-side midfielder player. He would be most fit to 4-51 formation if selected as a starter alongside Pirri and L.Surez in midfield area but if leave either of Zarra or Raul alone in the front line, the support of scoring from midfield area is too limited when Gento, Iniesta and Luis Suarez all are not a specialist for this scoring task.

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    4. In my opinion, your team is good in defense, but there is imbalance between the midfield and the attack, four strikers is very and two half fields is little, I put a midfield in place of Basra, otherwise will be undermined in midfield . Is Google traslate may be errors.

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  3. Anonymous9/2/15

    Great work , but I am astonished abour Raul's ranking. Raul is considered as the geratest spanish player of all time and also amonst the very best ever in Real Madrid history. Even Guardiola who is a Barca related figure(1,2 and 4 are barca players) said that he is the best player of all time in Spanish football.And may I say Guadriola is an exceptional football expert.

    Luís Figo (11/06/05): "I think he is the greatest player to have ever played the game. He walks on the turf and astounds. It is utterly amazing"

    Alex Ferguson 2003 "Real buy these big players like Figo, Zidane and Ronaldo but I think the best player in the world is Raúl"

    Raul is certainly no.1 , and why isn't Casillas above Zamora yet?

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    1. Raul was declined too early between 2003 and 2007 when he was much less productive in scoring and assisting although he could return to meet the twice great seasons. In comparison to other legends, Luis Suarez Miramontes is definitely the best Spanish player ever, he was one of the best players in Europe five years. Gento, Iniesta and Xavi are clearly more consistent and greater impact to his club than Raul who was overshadowed by a number of superstars. Anyway the list is not updated. Now Raul is at least ahead of Telmo Zarra. I'll update tomorrow.

      Casillas is one of the most team decorated players ever but not mean he is the best Spanish keeper ever automatically.His overall ability is obviously inferior to the group of the biggest talented keepers ever "includes Zamora"

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  4. Anonymous9/2/15

    I hope you are not including those marginal years because in 2003 Raul was finished 3rd World Soccer Player of the Year and in 2007 he was again Nominated for Ballon d'Or. Also it's not really a big deal he had a deep in form 3 seasons considering he was still nominated for Ballon d'Or in 2005. In conclusion Xavi and Iniesta are in no way more consistent players than Raul. Xavi playing better in older age may be misleading , but Raul started being a star from very early age(was nominated first time in the same year with Zidane, even ahead). Until 28 years , Xavi was not even close to being called a World Class player and only after being perfectly suited in a Tiki-Taka system combining with players he binded in years and years like Iniesta and Messi(and some others if you may) and also in the NT he was boosted via team chemestry with the same core of players like Iniesta and Buquets later. So Iniesta fals similary in the same category IMO. As individual players , in no way are Xavi and Iniesta above Raul. Even Guardiola whom Iniesta is his favourite players stated clearly who is Spain's greatest of all time.Also add that Raul's lack in international tropyes can be pardoned as he did not have a generation like the one that folowed after him.Even so he was the all-time top scorer of the NT.

    And about Casillas , even if Zamora is to be considered more talented than Casillas according to claims from the past , Casillas' dominance is unpreceded in football history(bar Yashin). He was aknowledged by media as the best goalkeeper on the planet in 6 consecutive years(not to mention he was many times amongst the very best even not counting those 6 years). I think that alone should put him in the elite class and above Zamora.

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    1. Yes, Raul’s big decline started at the 2003 – 2004 season. Xavi and Iniesta is mentioned to have the more sustainable performance because their declined years are better than that of Raul. I’d always prefer not to refer Ballon’Dor ranking as it is inaccurate in some points, but when you cited Raul’s 2005 Ballon’dor nomination, I think Xavi is clearly better than Raul in all-time Ballon’Dor ranking. Look at international country tournaments, Xavi is the best player in 2008 Euro and Iniesta is the best player in the 2012 Euro and best midfielder in the 2010 world cup. Raul scored only 1 goal in 4 games of the 2000 Euro, no goal in the 2004 tournament, 1 goal in 4 games of the 2006 World Cup. He achieved his best tournament in the 2002 world cup but Spain was beaten in round of 16.

      Casillas is prolifically the best keeper in the world in easier jobs than many in previous eras, thanks the world not to send the equal candidate in the same era and what if he was born in the similar circumstance of the 1970s (Zoff, Maier, Filol, etc) or the 1980s (Dasaev, Schumaccher, Zenga, etc). Casillas is a reliable world-class keeper but his position, jumping and reflexed saves are no distinguish from many other great legends. Zamora is more than a world-class keeper and the Pre-war history of football recognized him as a phenomena.

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    2. Anonymous10/2/15

      I saw that yourself mention Ballon d'Or rankings in your works so that is why I meantioned them. But I agree they don't tell the whole story. Xavi and Iniesta may have been a bit overrated due to their team's constant succes , but it's obvious Raul had for tougher competition in his years. And Iniesta was no way best mdf in 2010 WC , it was Sneijder.
      Again , Raul's lack of international trophyes is not only his fault , it was a generation as good as the Golden Era. And you meantioned Suarez's dominance.. Raul was aswell one of the best players in Europe five years. He was in 1999 , in 2000 , in 2001 , 2002 and 2003.

      Also I may say that Casillas did confront tough competition. Van der Sar , Cech , Khan(in 2002 Iker would have been no doubt no.1 if not for a WC Year to boost Khan) , Neuer , Buffon.

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    3. For me, Iniesta might not be inferior to Sneijder in the 2010 World Cup but the fact that Sneijder’s role was not a pure midfielder as he was assigned in advanced role just behind the target man so I just mention Iniesta is the best midfielder by this condition. In the first round, Sneijder was named twice man of the match while Iniesta was named once. In the knock-out round, Sneijder was named man of the match in quarter-final and semi-final while Iniesta is also named in quarter-final and he is man of the match in the final.
      I’m not specific in requiring Raul’s trophy but he even scored few goals in his opportune extent.
      Anyway, I’m implementing the methodology in positional hall of fame and when finished (around next 3 -4 month, I’ll show the scorecard with re-arrange some rankings and then we would discuss again.

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  5. Anonymous10/2/15

    I'm awaiting to see the result but you don't need a score card to be sure that Raul was clearly better than 5. Ricardo Zamora
    6. Iker Casillas
    7.Jose Pirri
    Any knowledgeble Real Madrid fan will be astonished to see otherwise , trust me!

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  6. I'm from Spain and I tend to think like Naratorn.

    I was a big fan of the Galacticos and while Raul achievements at club level make him one of the best Spanish players of all time, his performance with the national team was mostly disappointing. Most people I know places Xavi, Iniesta and Casillas above him for the simple fact that they gave us a World Cup and two European Championships, as well as collaborating in achieving several Champions League.

    And I think people underestimate Xavi too much for that is an associative player, after all, football is an associative game and this little guy is the mastermind behind the style of play that changed the history of Spanish football.

    This is my All-Time Spain Starting Eleven:

    -------------- Raúl---------------Zarra---------------

    Gento------------------------------------------Iniesta

    -------------L. Suarez--------Xavi--------------------

    -------------------------Pirri-----------------------------

    ----Camacho-------Hierro-----------Puyol-------

    -------------------------Zamora------------------------

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    1. Anonymous11/2/15

      Yes , that is why some spanish people may rate Xavi and Iniesta above him. Because of their int. succes thus giving them huge popularity amogst their co-nationals. But otherwise it's pretty obvious who's the better player.

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  7. Anonymous7/1/16

    How about Feliciano Rivilla in "Reserved Group"? He is great legend of Atletico Madrid, also achieved 5 major titles. as Spanish international, he was part of the winning team in 1964 Euro.

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    1. Thanks ! A Spanish ever suggested me he is one of the best Spanish right-backs. As I read his biography, I think he should qualify for reserved group. Let create his profile soon.

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  8. Anonymous11/2/16

    What do you think about Ignacio Zoco?

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    1. He is a reputable defensive midfielder for Real Madrid but I have no information enough to rate him as high as the level for the museum. Do you think he is at least as good as Victor Munoz ?

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  9. Anonymous2/3/16

    Paulino Alcantara?

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  10. Anonymous16/9/16

    Rafael Moreno Aranzadi "Pichichi" was one of the first star of spanish football. He did'nt play lot games because he played before the Spanish championship was created.

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    1. I know it is not his false but the limitation is still undeniable.

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  11. Anonymous16/9/16

    César Rodríguez Álvarez was also a consistent scorer for Barcelona

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    1. He was ever made a profile for his great club career but he then was removed. He scored a lot of goals around 1.0 goal per game for 5 seasons but you can check there are many strikers scored at the similar ratio.

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  12. Anonymous10/10/16

    Aren't there any players worth of King Class

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  13. Anonymous2/4/17

    I think that is time to include iniesta in the starting XI.

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    1. I always like to find the space for him and seems only Gento position to be replaced. Iniesta is rated higher than Gento in all-time best player ranking while this team formation highly consider the tactical awareness to select players. Honesty, I don't think Iniesta is more fit to left-side midfielder than Gento when there are already two playmakers in the team (Xavi and Luis Suarez) and the team need a fast winger likes Gento to have a variety of attacking styles.

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  15. Anonymous8/6/17

    Strikers: the player number four (fhoto) is Juan Gómez "Juanito", not Santillana.

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  16. Anonymous6/7/17

    Andoni Goikoetxea and Antonio Maceda in defense?

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