Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Diego Costa in, Fernando Torres and Villa out for Spain
February 28th, 2014 3:33PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  bayern munich, spain, world cup 2014

MOST COMMENTED

[WORLD CUP 2014 COUNTDOWN] Few teams have competition for spots on their World Cup squad like defending champion Spain, which omitted such stars as Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, former captain Carles Puyol and all-time leading scorer David Villa from the team that will face Italy Wednesday in a friendly in Madrid.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque called in former Brazilian international Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara, the son of former Brazilian star Mazinho.

“There are more than two important players who are left out,” Del Bosque said of the list from which the likes of Alvaro Arbeloa and Fernando Llorente are also missing. “But this list is just for Italy. There is time in front of us, three months of competition, and many things could happen that ratify this list or make us bring others.”

Costa's decision to switch allegiances -- he played two friendlies for Brazil -- jumps him ahead of Torres and Villa.

“I have not spoken to him (recently) but the federation have called him to make sure he was still thinking the same,” Del Bosque said. “This list is not final for Brazil. It is a unique case because he had never come with us before, and for him being born in Brazil. But he is a player who comes because of what he has done for his club. We have decided he can help us.”

Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez come from Bayern Munich, which is again running away with the German title.

“We cannot consider Thiago a new arrival," Del Bosque said. "He is playing very well for Bayern Munich. They are one of best teams in Europe and he is a starter there. Javi Martinez can play in two positions. We can use him as a central midfielder or a center half.”

Spain Roster:
GOALKEEPERS: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Napoli/ITA), Victor Valdes (Barcelona).
DEFENDERS: Juanfran Torres (Atletico Madrid), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich/GER), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea/ENG), Raul Albiol (Napoli/ITA).
MIDFIELDERS: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich/GER), Jesus Navas (Man. City/ENG), David Silva (Man. City/ENG), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal/ENG).
FORWARDS: Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Alvaro Negredo (Man. City/ENG), Pedro (Barcelona).


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Lopez hat trick completes story-book ending    
[USL PRO: Semifinals] Sacramento Republic FC's magical season continued as Rodrigo Lopez scored a hat trick ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Saturday] No. 10 North Carolina came back from two goals down to stun No. 12 ...
What They're Saying: Yaya Toure    
"I've been in Manchester for four years now and I have never demanded a birthday cake." ...
Minnesota downs Scorpions before record crowd    
[NASL: Fall Week 11] Minnesota United FC regained the lead in the NASL fall standings as ...
Wright-Phillips closes in on scoring record    
[MLS: Saturday] Bradley Wright-Phillips moved to within three goals of tying the MLS single-season scoring record ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Saturday] No. 2 UCLA defeated UC Santa Barbara, 1-0, on a goal by German star ...
Harrisburg pulls another upset on the road    
[USL PRO: Semifinals] No. 8 seed Harrisburg City Islanders, who had ousted regular-season champion Orlando City ...
Where to Watch European Soccer    
The new European club season has started up. Here are places Soccer America readers recommend where ...
This is how you score from 90 yards     
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] SC Paderborn 07, playing its first season ever in Bundesliga 1, finds itself ...
Quick Arsenal blitz drops Guzan's Aston Villa    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] The unbeaten start of Brad Guzan's Aston Villa to the English Premier League season ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives