Spain are looking to end a run of two disappointing World Cup campaigns as the continue their Qatar 2022 journey in the knockouts.
La Roja won their first ever World Cup in 2010, beating Netherlands in the title but fell to the curse of the defending champions in 2014, crashing out at the group stage. Then, in 2018, they were knocked out by the hosts on penalties in the round of 16.
Spain have recovered slightly since then, reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2020, and the Uefa Nations League final, but fans will be wanting more when they meet Morocco in their last-16 tie on Tuesday.
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Latest Spain odds to win the World Cup
|Betting Market||Bet365 Odds|
|Spain to win the World Cup||8/1|
|Spain to reach semi-final odds||1/1|
|Spain to reach quarter-final odds||2/9|
|Alvaro Morata World Cup Golden Boot odds||16/1|
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Spain route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar
Group stage fixtures
|Spain 7-0 Costa Rica||Al Thumama Stadium||23 November|
|Spain 1-1 Germany||Al Bayt Stadium||27 November|
|Japan 1-2 Spain||Khalifa International Stadium||1 December|
Who could Spain meet in the knockout rounds?
As Group E runners-up to Japan, Spain start their knockout journey against Morocco, before a potential match-up against either Portugal or Switzerland in the quarter-finals. If they navigate both of those fixtures, then it’s either England or France in the semi-finals, before Brazil, Argentina, the Netherlands or Croatia enter the equation in the Qatari showpiece.
|As Group E runners-up||Potential opponent|
|Round of 16||Morocco|
Confirmed Spain World Cup 2022 squad
|Unai Simon||Goalkeeper||25||Athletic Bilbao|
|Dani Carvajal||Defender||30||Real Madrid|
|Aymeric Laporte||Defender||28||Man City|
|Marcos Llorente||Midfielder||27||Atletico Madrid|
|Nico Williams||Forward||20||Athletic Bilbao|
|Alvaro Morata||Forward||30||Atletico Madrid|
|Marco Asensio||Forward||26||Real Madrid|
|Dani Olmo||Forward||24||RB Leipzig|
Spain players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022
Spain top World Cup Golden Boot contender – Alvaro Morata
Gone are the days of Raul and Fernando Torres, or even Cesc Fabregas. Spain haven’t had someone stellar to lead the line for a while, but Alvaro Morata has been doing a pretty good job in Qatar, with the Atletico Madrid man currently on three goals, second only to Kylian Mbappe (five).
You can see why Luis Enrique trusts him. In the recent Nations League, Morata scored twice to help Spain reach the finals, including a very late goal in a 1-0 win over Portugal that sealed top spot. Morata also scored three goals at Euro 2020, though it was his penalty miss that saw Spain beaten by Italy in the semi-final shootout. Nevertheless, Morata knows how to score at major tournaments, and he’s backing that notion up in Qatar.
Spain player to watch – Pedri
It’s tough to settle on just one name here. Heck, with the likes of Gavi and Ansu Fati around, it’s tough to pick a favourite Barcelona boy wonder. But, if it’s got to be just one name here, it has to be Pedri. The 2021 Golden Boy winner is as effortless a midfield superstar as there is in the game today. In terms of innate feel for the game, efficiency of movement, touch on the ball, passing ability and eye for goal, he has no weaknesses in his game.
Spain emerging player to look out for – Yeremy Pino
The extent to which Yeremy Pino has actually featured at the World Cup has been nonexistent so far — but he remains a stellar insurance policy if Enrique needs a different perspective to his attacking line in the knockouts.
Pino is a genuine rising star in Spanish football. He made his professional debut five days after his 18th birthday, scored his first goal four days after that in a Europa League group game, and has since become the youngest Spanish player ever to start a European final (the 2021 Europa League final against Manchester United, beating the previous record held by Iker Casillas), as well as the youngest player ever to win the competition, eclipsing the mark previously set by Robin van Persie, when he won the 2002 UEFA Cup with Feyenoord.
Spain tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup
Luis Enrique has been lining Spain up in a very Spanish 4-3-3.Sergio Busquets is naturally the holding man, with Barca team-mates Pedri and Gavi playing alongside him. Rodri has been utilised in central defence, showcasing his versatility, while Aymeric Laporte has largely marshalled the back-line alongside him — take note Pep Guardiola! Attacking wise, Marco Asensio has led the line and interchanged with Morata, while Ferran Torres and Dani Olmo have occupied the flanks.
Where are Spain in the Fifa world rankings?
Spain are currently seventh in the Fifa world rankings, behind Brazil, Belgium, Argentina, France, England and Italy, swapping places with the latter at the latest update.
Who is Spain’s manager?
Luis Enrique was appointed as manager of Spain in July 2018 following a spectacular spell in charge of Barcelona, during which his side won a treble (2015). Shortly after his appointment, in March 2019, he stepped away from the role, to mourn the passing of his nine-year-old daughter from cancer. He returned in November 2019, leading the side to the semi-finals of Euro 2020.
Who is Spain’s current captain?
Barcelona talisman Sergio Busquets is Spain’s official captain.
How many times have Spain won the World Cup?
Spain have won the World Cup once before, in 2010, as part of an unprecedented run of three consecutive major tournament wins alongside Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.
How many times have Spain competed in the World Cup?
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is Spain’s 16th appearance at a World Cup finals. Spain last failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1974, and have since qualified for the past 12, including 1982 when they were hosts.
Who has scored the most goals for Spain in World Cup tournaments?
David Villa has the most World Cup goals for Spain, with nine, across three finals appearances in (2006, 2010 and 2014).
Which player from Spain has the most World Cup appearances?
It’s a pair of Real Madrid legends, Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos, who share the record for most World Cup appearances in a Spain shirt, with 17.