Group H - Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile
Discussion around Group H involving Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile
16 June 2010
Honduras v Chile at Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Spain v Switzerland at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
21 June 2010
Chile v Switzerland at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Spain v Honduras at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
25 June 2010
Chile v Spain at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Switzerland v Honduras at Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Spain and CHile.
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona).
Defenders: Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao), David Silva (Valencia), Xavi (Barcelona).
Forwards: Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Juan Mata (Valencia), Pedro (Barcelona), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Fernando Torres (Liverpool), David Villa (Valencia).
Valdes finally makes it into a squad. No Guiza is a surpirse.
I wonder where Arteta would rank on a list of the best players never to be capped by their country. It doesn't look like he's ever going to get one.
Qualified for England isn't he? Capello should get on the buzzer :p
Re: Arteta; for him to be qualified he'd need to take out a UK passport and, with him being Spanish, there's no mileage in him doing it unless he half fancies a go.
Although, to be honest, I haven't heard anything about him taking one out.
He's a grub anyway.
World Cup Winning Squad announced:
Goalkeepers No. Player Full name Club Date of birth Caps Goals
1 Casillas Iker Casillas Real Madrid 20/05/81 102 (57)
12 Valdés Víctor Valdés Barcelona 14/01/82 0 (0)
23 Reina Pepe Reina Liverpool 31/08/82 19 (9)
Defenders No. Player Full name Club Date of birth Caps Goals
2 Raúl Albiol Raúl Albiol Real Madrid 04/09/85 22 0
3 Piqué Gerard Piqué Barcelona 02/02/87 14 0
4 Marchena Carlos Marchena Valencia 31/07/79 56 2
5 Puyol Carlos Puyol Barcelona 13/04/78 81 2
11 Capdevila Joan Capdevila Villarreal 03/02/78 42 4
15 Sergio Ramos Sergio Ramos Real Madrid 30/03/86 57 5
17 Arbeloa Alvaro Arbeloa Real Madrid 17/01/83 13 0
Midfielders No. Player Full name Club Date of birth Caps Goals
6 Iniesta Andrés Iniesta Barcelona 11/05/84 40 6
8 Xavi Xavier Hernández Barcelona 25/01/80 83 8
10 Cesc Fábregas Francesc Fábregas Arsenal 04/05/87 48 5
14 Xabi Alonso Xabier Alonso Real Madrid 25/11/81 66 7
16 Busquets Sergio Busquets Barcelona 16/07/88 11 0
20 Javi Martínez Javier Martínez Athletic Bilbao 02/09/88 0 0
21 Silva David Silva Valencia 08/01/86 33 6
22 Jesús Navas Jesús Navas Sevilla 21/11/85 3 0
Forwards No. Player Full name Club Date of birth Caps Goals
7 Villa David Villa Barcelona 03/12/81 55 36
9 Fernando Torres Fernando Torres Liverpool 20/03/84 72 23
13 Mata Juan Manuel Mata Valencia 28/04/88 7 3
18 Pedro Pedro Rodríguez Barcelona 28/07/87 0 0
19 Llorente Fernando Llorente Athletic Bilbao 26/02/85 5 2
Was annoucned ages ago wasn't it?
**** me, Casillas has 102 caps and he's only just turned 29. Could end up with 200 caps if he wants to I reckon.
Torres' international scoring record pretty moderate for a player of his class too TBH.
Really looking forward to watching Chile, have done a bit of research and they've got a very distinctive tactical style which should hopefully be awesome to watch.
Spain vs Chile will hopefully be the highlight of the tournament.
Yeah hope Chile are good, Tim Vickery predicting that they will do well.
Have got the same manager and tactics as Argentina in 2002 though, and that did not end so well...
Should be attacking at any rate though.
Have got Chile in me work sweepstake so they're a first round casuality, obvs.
Saw a bloke draped in a Chilean flag on the way to uni today. :)
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