Preview; Spain Euro 2012

Spain
Fifa Ranking
1
Manager
Vicente Del Bosque – Whoever fired him from Real Madrid in 2003 made the greatest mistake for me, has won the world cup as coach and is a former midfield for the Spanish national team
Captain
Iker Casillas – Real Madrid keeper, calm in the box and can be relied upon when it comes to penalties. Should play the whole tournament and maybe just stop playing for the national team when he feels he can no longer go on. Two words- World Class
Star Players
Xavi – World’s best passer for me, should be the man for the assists and don’t be shocked if he gets a few goals for himself too. Cataluña best describes whatever else I wanted to say about him. 
Fact
Spain are the defending champions of the Euro tournament having won it in 2008.
Likely Formation
4-2-3-1 which could eventually change to 4-3-3 depending on circumstances
I realy don’t think we should speculate about who the keeper should be. Out rightly for me captain Iker Casillas for me any day with Pepe Reina and Barcelona’s Valdes as back up. Somebody please don’t call De Gea’s name here, he’ll have to wait for now.
The defense is missing Carlos Puyol and this shouldn’t worry Del Bosque that much. I believe he has some world class defenders who can take that position. So here is how my backline of four would be arranged. At central defense I would partner Pique along Martinez taking into account Ramos and Pique both love getting forward on numerous occasions. Just for over, I would love to have Martinez partnering pique and Ramos moved to right back. On the left, it’s a problem as pundits worldwide think but I think Alba has proved he can be relied upon and should star ahead of Nacho Monreal and Arbeloa that’s is if they make the cut.
Alonso and Bosquets should take that defensive midfield role just right ahead of the strikers. My main concern is this lad Bosquets, I hope he does it clean at the Euro’s; I’ve not loved his diving skills at all.
At the centre of the three man party should be Xavi, David silva on the right and Iniesta the world beater on the left. Sad for me though is Silva’s position, so many players who can play in that position, so he’s gonna have to split time with the likes Santi Cazorla, Jesus Navas, Juan Mata and Cesc Fabregas. Each player provides a different level of attack and passing ability, and uses a different style of killer passing. Another strong option too would be Mata and I’m sorry if Silva struggles even an inch, he would be the first casualty to warm the bench after featuring in the starting lineup.
David Villa misses upfront so I think Fernando Llorente should start in that position. I don’t want to trust Torres though I know I have broken some Chelsea hearts but that’s the name of the game. Other options for me would be Soldado, Negredo, Pedro or even Muniain depending on who’s dropped and remains in the team. I don’t think Raul would make it though; Sorry.  
Thoughts 
Casillas and Spain can be beaten that is something all of us should not forget. England proved so in November 2011, however in a competitive contest Spain are ruthless as much as it can be. Expect them to come out all guns blazing, i know they don’t want a repeat of the opening game of the World Cup in 2010. The lack of a proper front line, sorry, i mean big man who can scare the opponent in the name of Villa or an in-form Torres should be the main undoing but have in mind, the midfielders are all caopable of scoring leave alone even the defenders who can once in a while come forward. 
Away from the football, why not expect the crowd to have the names of one Rafael Nadal and Shakira baibeee. Of cause when your girl cheers you on, ask Casillas. Sapin should lead their group though, no doubt bout that. 

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DID YOU KNOW?
Spain has appeared at the Euro’s 8 times but have only won two, (1964, 2008).

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