Besides all the club success that he has enjoyed, David Silva has also been an important member of the Spanish National team that won the FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012.

ClubsAtltico Madrid (2001 – 2007) Liverpool (2007 – 2011) Chelsea (2011 – present) National Team U15 (2000) U16 (2001) U17 (2001) U18 (2002) U19 (2002) U21 (2002 – 2003) Spain (2003 – present)

Highlights

Fernando Jos Torres Sanz is known to be technically proficient, and having spectacular speed and positioning capabilities. He has been an important part of the defense of the Spanish National team, who are known to be very difficult to score against, and played in the FIFA 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, which Spain won.

Andrs Iniesta

Born: May 8, 1970. He is famous for setting up the winning goal in the FIFA World Cup 2010 final, and as also been part of the Spanish National team in the FIFA World Cup 2006, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012.

Spanish Armada

Spain’s recent domination of world soccer is so great, that it has managed to win Euro 2008, FIFA World Cup 2010, and Euro 2012, a feat unmatched by any country.Spain has a rich history of soccer. He was known to have great stamina, and was very tactical, versatile, and had great vision. In fact, he scored in Spain’s victories in the finals, both at Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.

Xavi Hernndez

Juan Mata

Fernando Torres

Position: Attacking Midfielder

Position: Goalkeeper

Marc Bartra

ClubsReal Madrid (1995 – 2010) Besiktas (2010 – 2011) National TeamU18 (1995) U21 (1996 – 1998) Spain (1999 – 2005)

Highlights

Jos Mara Gutirrez Hernndez was with Real Madrid for 1 decade, and helped them win 15 major trophies. He has been a part of the national team at the FIFA World Cup 2006, FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2004, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012. He is also feared for his sudden change of gameplay. Santi Cazorla has been part of the winning Spanish team at Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.

ClubsBarcelona (2002 – present) National TeamU15 (2000) U16 (2000 – 2001) U17 (2001) U19 (2001 – 2002) U20 (2003) U21 (2003 – 2006) Spain (2006 – present)

Highlights

Andrs Iniesta Lujn is known for his balance, ball control, and superb agility. Ironically, with so many great players in their ranks over the years, they failed to win a major tournament for so long. His goalkeeping skills were considered so good, that he was an integral part of the Spanish National team for 4 FIFA World Cups and 3 Euro Championships.

Position: Striker

Position: Central Midfielder

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Born: Jan 8, 1986

Xabi Alonso

David Villa

ClubsReal Madrid (1994 – 2010) Schalke 04 (2010 – 2012) Al Sadd (2012 – present) National TeamU18 (1994) U20 (1995) U21 (1995 – 1996) U23 (1996) Spain (1996 – 2006)

Highlights

Ral Gonzlez Blanco is the highest goal scorer for Real Madrid of all time, with 323 goals to his name. His 741 appearances is also the most by any player for the club. Iniesta scored the winning goal for Spain at the FIFA World Cup 2010, and was Man of the Match. He played for Spain in 4 FIFA World Cups and 2 Euro Championships, besides his long stint with Real Madrid which lasted nearly 15 years.

Position: Striker

Born: Mar 30, 1986

lvaro Arbeloa

Born: Feb 2, 1987

Born: Mar 23, 1968

Position: Full Back

Position: Striker

Position: Defensive Midfielder

Pep Guardiola

Carles Puyol

Born: Oct 31, 1976

Position: Attacking Midfielder

Born: Jan 25, 1980

Born: Nov 25, 1981

Jesus Navas

ClubsSporting Gijn (2001 – 2003) Zaragoza (2003 – 2005) Valencia (2005 – 2010) Barcelona (2010 – 2013) Atltico Madrid (2013 – present) National TeamU21 (2000 – 2003) Spain (2005 – present)

Highlights

David Villa Snchez is the first Spanish player to score 50 international goals, and is currently Spain’s top goal scorer of all time. He was the top goal scorer at Euro 2008, and was also awarded the ‘Silver Boot’ at the FIFA World Cup 2010. And it is without doubt that in the coming years, we will see many more greats emerge from this sporting nation.

Position: Central Defender

Born: Jun 27, 1977

Born: Apr 13, 1978

ClubsBarcelona (1999 – present) National TeamU18 (1995) U21 (2000) U23 (2000) Spain (2000 – present)

Highlights

Carles Puyol i Saforcada is well-known as a defender who is strong, explosive, and with the quickest reactions. Xavi has been part of the Spanish National team which won the FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012. He was also respected for his calmness and stamina. Iker Casillas is the most capped player ever for the Spanish National team.

Position: Forward

Pepe Reina

Andoni Zubizarreta

Born: Dec 3, 1981

Santi Cazorla

Born: May 4, 1987

ClubsVillarreal (2003 – 2006) Recreativo (2006 – 2007) Villarreal (2007 – 2011) Mlaga (2011 – 2012) Arsenal (2012 – present) National TeamU21 (2004 – 2006) Spain (2008 – present)

Highlights

Santiago ‘Santi’ Cazorla Gonzlez is known to play well on either flank due to his control, speed, and shooting accuracy. He won the ‘Golden Glove’ award at the FIFA World Cup 2010. Carles Puyol was a vital part of the winning Spanish team in Euro 2008 and FIFA World Cup 2010.

ClubsArsenal (2003 – 2011) Barcelona (2011 – present) National TeamU16 (2002 – 2003) U17 (2003 – 2004) U20 (2005) U21 (2004 – 2005) Spain (2006 – present)

Highlights

Francesc ‘Cesc’ Fbregas Soler, besides playing as a central midfielder for his club and country, when required, also plays as a winger, attacking midfielder, and striker. He is also widely respected for his hardworking style and leadership qualities. Initially, he began as a striker, but then eventually settled down in the midfield, where he showed his class for the club and also the country.

ClubsReal Madrid (2004 – 2005) Deportivo La Corua (2006 – 2007) Liverpool (2007 – 2009) Real Madrid (2009 – present) National TeamU17 (2001) U19 (2001) U21 (2005) Spain (2008 – present)

Highlights

lvaro Arbeloa Coca plays in the defense, and is more than capable on playing both, on the right and left side at the back. He has been a part of the team that won the FIFA World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.

David Silva

ClubsBarcelona (1998 – present) National TeamU17 (1997) U18 (1997 – 1998) U20 (1999) U21 (1998 – 2001) U23 (2000) Spain (2000 – present)

Highlights

Xavier Hernndez i Creus is the first player to ever represent FC Barcelona in 150 games. Alvaro Negredo

Born: May 20, 1981

Born: Jan 17, 1983

Position: Central Defender

Jordi Alba

ClubsSevilla (2004 – 2005) Real Madrid (2005 – present) National TeamU17 (2002) U19 (2004) U21 (2004) Spain (2005 – present)

Highlights

Sergio Ramos Garca has been am important part of the defense of both, Real Madrid and the Spanish National team for nearly a decade. He has been lucky enough to play for Spain in 3 major tournaments, the FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012, all of which they have won.

A few more notable mentions:

Emilio Butragueo

Fernando Hierro

Sergio Busquets

ClubsAlavs (1980 – 1981) Athletic Bilbao (1981 – 1986) Barcelona (1986 – 1994) Valencia (1994 – 1998) National TeamU18 (1979 – 1980) U19 (1981) U21 (1979 – 1984) Spain (1985 – 1998)

Highlights

Andoni Zubizarreta held the record for the most games played for Spain till the end of 2011. In terms of awards, he is the most successful Spanish player ever.

Born: Mar 20, 1984

ClubsReal Sociedad (1999 – 2004) Eibar loan (2000 – 2001) Liverpool (2004 – 2009) Real Madrid (2009 – present) National TeamU18 (2000) U21 (2002 – 2003) Spain (2003 – present)

Highlights

Xabier ‘Xabi’ Alonso Olano is well-known for his playmaking skills. Over the last decade or so, some amazing players have come up into their ranks, which is why they are the side to beat at present.

There have been many famous Spanish football players over the decades, and here, we will check out those who stood out among the rest.

Position: Center Back

Position: Attacking Midfielder

Mikel Arteta

ClubsValladolid (1987 – 1989) Real Madrid (1989 – 2003) Al Rayyan (2003 – 2004) Bolton Wanderers (2004 – 2005) National TeamU21 (1989 – 1990) Spain (1989 – 2002)

Highlights

Though Fernando Ruiz Hierro was more of a defensive midfielder, he had this great quality of combining his defensive play with some amazing passing and goal scoring ability. He is considered to be one of the greatest midfielders and playmakers of our time. He has been an integral part of the Spanish National team for over a decade, representing them in the FIFA World Cup 2006, FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2004, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012.

Born: May 11, 1984

ClubsRiver Plate (1945 – 1951) Huracn loan (1946) Millonarios (1951 – 1953) Real Madrid (1953 – 1964) RCD Espanyol (1964 – 1966) National TeamArgentina (1947) Colombia (1949) Spain (1957 – 1961)

Highlights

Alfredo Stfano di Stfano Laulh has the unique distinction of representing 3 different countriesArgentina, Colombia, and Spain. Sergio Ramos has played for Spain in the FIFA World Cup 2006, FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012.

Position: Midfielder / Striker

Position: Defensive Midfielder

Born: Oct 23, 1961

ClubsBarcelona (2008 – present) National TeamU21 (2008 – 2009) Spain (2009 – present)

Highlights

Sergio Busquets Burgos took less than a year to break into the ranks of the Spanish National team after making his professional debut. In fact, he was the Player of the Tournament at Euro 2008. Alfredo di Stfano was nicknamed ‘blond arrow’, and considered by most of the soccer greats as ‘the most complete footballer in the history of the game’.

Position: Central Midfielder

Guti

Lived: Jul 4, 1926 – Jul 7, 2014

Cesc Fbregas

Iker Casillas

Position: Defensive Midfielder

ClubsSporting Gijn (1989 – 1991) Real Madrid (1991 – 1996) Barcelona (1996 – 2004) National TeamU21 (1990 – 1991) U23 (1991 – 1992) Spain (1991 – 2002)

Highlights

Luis Enrique Martnez Garca was such a versatile soccer player, that throughout his career he played in all positions besides the defense. His transfer from Liverpool to Chelsea in 2011, for 50 million, made him the most expensive Spanish player ever. Ral has also been included in FIFA’s list of 100 greatest living footballers.

Luis Enrique

All these famous soccer players from Spain have, with their talent and hard work, helped both, their country and clubs win at the highest levels. He is the only player to have won UEFA’s ‘Best Forward of the Year’ three times. Luis Enrique represented Spain in 3 FIFA World Cups and 1 Euro Championship.

Alfredo di Stfano

Position: Goalkeeper

Victor Valdes

Born: Dec 13, 1984

Born: Jul 16, 1988

Position: Central Midfielder

ClubsValencia (2004 – 2010) Eibar loan (2004 – 2005) Celta Vigo loan (2005 – 2006) Manchester City (2010 – present) National TeamU16 (2001 – 2002) U17 (2002 – 2003) U19 (2004 – 2005) U20 (2005) U21 (2004 – 2006) Spain (2006 – present)

Highlights

David Josu Jimnez Silva has been given the nickname ‘Merlin’ for his passing and ball possession skills. Besides his position, he is known to play well on the right defense too. He has been a part of Spain’s victories at FIFA 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012. Their style of play is superstar-like, and the stars from this country are role models for millions of soccer fans all around the world. David Villa has also scored more World Cup goals than any other Spanish player.

Gerard Piqu

Ral Gonzlez

ClubsReal Madrid (1999 – present) National Team U15 (1996) U16 (1996 – 1998) U17 (1997 – 1999) U18 (1999) U20 (1999) U21 (1999 – 2000) Spain (2000 – present)

Highlights

Iker Casillas Fernndez is the goalkeeper cum captain of Real Madrid and the Spanish National team. Since 2008, Spain have managed to win 1 World Cup and 2 Euro Championships. Under his leadership, Spain has won the FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012. Also, in Euro 2012, he was chosen the Best Player of the Tournament.

Sergio Ramos

ClubsManchester United (2004 – 2008) Zaragoza loan (2006 – 2007) Barcelona (2008 – present) National TeamU16 (2002 – 2003) U17 (2004) U19 (2006) U20 (2007) U21 (2006 – 2008) Spain (2009 – present)

Highlights

Gerard Piqu i Bernabeu has been and is associated with the best clubs in the businessManchester United and Barcelona. But when they did, it was a sweet treble