Who are their main players?
Pau Torres is a leading centre-back who has been constantly linked with moves from Villarreal, where he made 33 league appearances last season. He has earned 21 caps for Spain at the age of 25 and will be a solid presence at the back of Luis Enrique’s side.
Pedri is one of the players at the forefront of the new generation of young Spanish talent. The creative midfielder, aged just 19, was a key figure for Barcelona during the 2020/21 season and it was only injuries and fitness issues that prevented him from making so many appearances the following year. An itinerant playmaker with superb technical skills, this will be Pedri’s first World Cup and a chance to impress on the biggest stage of them all.
Like Pedri, Gavi is another teenager who has been given an extended run in Barcelona’s first team and Spain’s senior squad. With 10 caps before his 18th birthday in August, the midfielder’s technical ability has drawn comparisons with Xavi, his current Camp Nou manager. The World Cup in Qatar could be the first of many for a player of such great potential.
What are Spain’s chances of winning the World Cup?
Spain underperformed at the past two World Cups. After a period of dominance on the international scene – winning two Euro tournaments and a World Cup between 2008 and 2012 – they were surprisingly knocked out in the group stage in 2014 and in the Round of 16 against hosts Russia in 2018.
But under Luis Enrique’s management, they are currently undergoing a transition period where a large number of young players have been embedded in the squad over the past two years.
They impressed in qualifying, losing just one of their eight games as they finished top of their group and hope to progress significantly in Qatar.
What are Spain’s programs?
Spain is in Group E along with Germany, Costa Rica and Japan.