July 10, 2010
Capsules on Spanish team
By MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency
Goalkeeper: No. 1
Has allowed just two goals in six games at tournament; one in past five; zero in past three ... Girlfriend is leggy sideline Sara Carbonero, who was blamed for distracting him after 1-0 loss to Swiss in opener.
Defender: No. 3
One of best young players at tournament ... Has been a rock at back end along with Barcelona teammate Carles Puyol ... Collected one yellow card in tourney.
Defender: No. 5
Has been a huge veteran influence on Pique ... His only goal of South Africa 2010 was a huge one, giving Spain a 1-0 victory over Germany in the semis and propelling Spanish to their first-ever World Cup final.
Defender: No. 11
Filled a huge hole the Spanish have had at the left back position ... Has started all six games at South Africa 2010 ... Helped smother striker Miroslav Klose in Spain’s 1-0 semifinal win over Germany.
Defender: No. 15
One of the up-and-coming stars in the world ... Has already represented his country 66 times before his 25th birthday ... Has offensive flair but is vulnerable to be caught out of position at times.
Midfielder: No. 6
Has one goal in five games at South Africa 2010 ... One of seven Barcelona players who started semi versus Germany ... Nominated for the Golden Ball award as tournament MVP.
Midfielder: No. 8
Voted best player of Euro 2008 ... Nominated for the Golden Ball award as MVP of South Africa 2010 ... Is the so-called straw that stirs the Spanish drink, the “creative genius” if you will.
Midfielder: No. 14
Has accepted more of a supporting role because of the star quality in the Spanish midfield ... Plays more of a defensive position, allowing Xavi and Iniesta to roam.
Midfielder: No. 16
The son of former Barcelona keeper Carles Busquets ... The “kid” among Spain’s talented midfielders ... Has one yellow card at South Africa 2010.
Forward: No. 7
Has scored game winners in two of the past three contests ... Up for the Golden Ball award as tournament MVP ... Also has a chance to win Golden Boot as top scorer of South Africa 2010, entering final with five goals.
Forward: No. 18
Got the start ahead of Fernando Torres in Spain’s 1-0 semifinal win over Germany ... Torres might get the nod in final although coaching staff is not showing its hand ... Very good at creating space.