Preview: Spain has never done particularly well in the World Cup, it's best finish being the 4th place showing in the legendary 1950 tournament held in Brazil.  Nevertheless expectations are high, and Spain fields a very good squad, at least on paper.  Real Madrid keeper Iker Cassillas is one of the best in the world at the number 1 position.  Teammate Raul is one of the best known names in all of soccer, and he will be joined by Fernando Torres at the forward position.  Other stars wearing Spain's soccer jersey are Liverpool's Xabi Alonso and Luis Garcia, and Barcelona defender Carles Puyol, although coach Luis Aragones has omitted two of Spain's most well known names, Ruben Baraja and Fernando Morientes.  Spain should have no problems getting out of Group H, and beyond that could go as far as anyone.

Result: The high-flying Spaniards made short work of their competition in the group stage, showing speed, skill and youth.  They lost a highly contested first-round match to eventual finalists France, and showed themselves to be one of the elite teams at the tournament.  A squad led by Fernando Torres looks to be a contender for the crown in 2010.

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