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. Position: Defensive Midfielder

Born: May 8, 1970

Born: Mar 20, 1984

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. David Villa has also scored more World Cup goals than any other Spanish player.

Born: Oct 23, 1961

Mikel Arteta

Position: Central Defender

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. Luis Enrique represented Spain in 3 FIFA World Cups and 1 Euro Championship.

lvaro Arbeloa

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)

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Ral Gonzlez Blanco is the highest goal scorer for Real Madrid of all time, with 323 goals to his name. In fact, he scored in Spain’s victories in the finals, both at Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.

Andoni Zubizarreta

Cesc Fbregas

Position: Midfielder / Striker

David Villa

Born: Mar 30, 1986

Position: Goalkeeper

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. He is also widely respected for his hardworking style and leadership qualities. He is the only player to have won UEFA’s ‘Best Forward of the Year’ three times. He has been a part of the team that won the FIFA World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.

Position: Attacking Midfielder

Born: Jul 16, 1988

Born: May 4, 1987

Position: Central Midfielder

Ral Gonzlez

Jordi Alba

Sergio Busquets

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. Besides his position, he is known to play well on the right defense too. In terms of awards, he is the most successful Spanish player ever.

Xavi Hernndez

Born: May 11, 1984

Fernando Hierro

Carles Puyol

Position: Central Defender

Born: Dec 3, 1981

Pep Guardiola

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. Ironically, with so many great players in their ranks over the years, they failed to win a major tournament for so long. 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

Born: May 20, 1981

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. He is also feared for his sudden change of gameplay. He won the ‘Golden Glove’ award at the FIFA World Cup 2010. Under his leadership, Spain has won the FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012. He is considered to be one of the greatest midfielders and playmakers of our time. And it is without doubt that in the coming years, we will see many more greats emerge from this sporting nation.

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

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Xabier ‘Xabi’ Alonso Olano is well-known for his playmaking skills. Iniesta scored the winning goal for Spain at the FIFA World Cup 2010, and was Man of the Match. He was known to have great stamina, and was very tactical, versatile, and had great vision. His 741 appearances is also the most by any player for the club. 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.

Guti

Sergio Ramos

Pepe Reina

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

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Sergio Ramos Garca has been am important part of the defense of both, Real Madrid and the Spanish National team for nearly a decade. In fact, he was the Player of the Tournament at Euro 2008. Since 2008, Spain have managed to win 1 World Cup and 2 Euro Championships. 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.

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

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Xavier Hernndez i Creus is the first player to ever represent FC Barcelona in 150 games. Ral has also been included in FIFA’s list of 100 greatest living footballers.

Position: Center Back. Iker Casillas is the most capped player ever for the Spanish National team.

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. 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’.

Born: Jan 25, 1980

Born: Apr 13, 1978

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. Santi Cazorla has been part of the winning Spanish team at Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.

Born: Dec 13, 1984

Lived: Jul 4, 1926 – Jul 7, 2014

Position: Attacking Midfielder

Position: Attacking Midfielder

Iker Casillas

Born: Jun 27, 1977

Born: Jan 8, 1986

Position: Striker

Alfredo di Stfano

Santi Cazorla

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. He has been a part of Spain’s victories at FIFA 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012. Sergio Ramos has played for Spain in the FIFA World Cup 2006, FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012.

Position: Central Midfielder

Position: Striker

Alvaro Negredo

Position: Striker

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. Also, in Euro 2012, he was chosen the Best Player of the Tournament.

Victor Valdes

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. 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.

Born: Nov 25, 1981

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 the top goal scorer at Euro 2008, and was also awarded the ‘Silver Boot’ at the FIFA World Cup 2010. He was also respected for his calmness and stamina. Xavi has been part of the Spanish National team which won the FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012. Carles Puyol was a vital part of the winning Spanish team in Euro 2008 and FIFA World Cup 2010.

Fernando Torres

Born: Jan 17, 1983

Xabi Alonso

Position: Defensive Midfielder

Gerard Piqu

Born: Mar 23, 1968

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. His transfer from Liverpool to Chelsea in 2011, for 50 million, made him the most expensive Spanish player ever. 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.

Marc Bartra

Jesus Navas

Andrs Iniesta

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. 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.

Born: Oct 31, 1976

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. 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.

Position: Central Midfielder

Juan Mata

Born: Feb 2, 1987

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. But when they did, it was a sweet treble. 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.

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. 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. 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: Goalkeeper

David Silva

Position: Full Back

Position: Forward

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