Luis Enrique’s Spain are drawn in Group E with Sweden, Poland, and Slovakia. & |  Photo Credit: AP
- Luis Enrique’s Spain are drawn in Group E with Sweden, Poland, and Slovakia
- Luis Enrique has named a Sergio Ramos-less squad for the 16th edition of the UEFA Euro
- Here’s everything you need to know about Spain’s campaign at the UEFA Euro 2020
After scripting history by becoming world champions for the first time in 2010, Spain did the unthinkable with some finesse when the La Furia Roja retained their European crown in the 2012 edition of the UEFA Euro hosted by Poland and Ukraine. Fast forwarding the clock to the present, one of the continent’s strongest footballing nations of club competitions has become a pale shadow of themselves in recent years.
Spain head coach Luis Enrique dropped the bomb on Spanish media while announcing a Sergio Ramos-less squad for the 16th edition of the UEFA Euro. Though Enrique’s decisions made the former Barcelona manager less popular among Real Madrid fans, the harsh call to snub Ramos was a bit self-explanatory since the Real Madrid defender and former Spain captain struggled to achieve match fitness in the 2020-21 season.
Key players at UEFA Euro 2020:
Spain’s Euro 2020 squad will be vaccinated amid the recent COVID-19 worries at the national camp of the three-time European champions. Two players have tested positive for COVID-19 in the build-up to the European championships. Liverpool playmaker Thiago Alcántara had a forgetful debut season at Anfield.
However, the Spaniard is expected to play a key role if Spain are really eyeing a revival at the Euro 2020 with former Barca manager Enrique. Gerard Moreno is another valuable asset for the 2012 UEFA Euro winners. The Villarreal star has scored five goals in 10 appearances for Spain and Enrique is expected to build the attack around the star forward.
Goalkeepers: David de Gea (Manchester United), Unai Simón (Athletic), Robert Sánchez (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Defenders: José Gayà (Valencia), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Eric García (Manchester City), Diego Llorente (Leeds United), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Marcos Llorente (Atlético)
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri Hernández (Manchester City), Pedri (Barcelona), Thiago Alcántara (Liverpool), Koke (Atlético), Fabián Ruiz (Napoli)
Forwards: Dani Olmo (Leipzig), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Álvaro Morata (Juventus), Ferran Torres (Manchester City), Adama Traoré (Wolves), Pablo Sarabia (Paris).
Spain’s Euro 2020 group stage schedule:
Unlikely to start as strong title contenders, Spain are drawn in Group E with Sweden, Poland, and Slovakia. With less intimidating teams on sight in Group E, Spain can back themselves to at least secure qualification into the next round of Euro 2020. Spain will kickstart their campaign against Sweden on Tuesday. Slovakia will be Spain’s final opponents in the group stage of the Euro 2020.
June 15: vs Sweden, 12:30 AM
June 20: vs Poland, 12:30 AM
June 23: vs Slovakia, 9:30 PM
Strongest starting XI:
Goalkeeper: David de Gea
Defenders: Jordi Alba, Aymeric Laporta, Eric García, César Azpilicueta
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Rodri Hernández, Thiago Alcántara, Koke
Forwards: Gerard Moreno, Álvaro Morata
Spain have been champions of Europe in 1964, 2008, and 2012 editions of the UEFA Euro. Cesc Fàbregas scored the winning penalty in the 2012 semi-final between Spain and Portugal. Spain went on to thrash Italy to retain the European crown at the time. In 2008, Fernando Torres shattered German hearts and ended Spain’s 44 years of wait to lift the Euro title.