Name: Iker Casillas. Position: Goalkeeper. DOB: May 20, 1981
Despite the fact he will be just 25 years old when the World Cup kicks off, Casillas is arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the world. With 300 appearances for Real Madrid and over 50 Spain caps he already has a wealth of experience and now he has ironed out a weakness on high balls, his speed and reflexes make him very difficult to beat. Recently signed a new contract at Madrid and could go on to break all of their appearance records.
Name: Jose Reina. Position: Goalkeeper. DOB: August 31, 1982
The Liverpool keeper has ousted Santiago Canizares to make himself Spain's number two. Another young keeper, Reina also began his professional career while in his teens and his performances at Villarreal earned him his move to Anfield. Good at one-on-ones and an expert at saving penalties, playing in England has also helped him improve on coming out for crosses.
Name: Santiago Canizares. Position: Goalkeeper. DOB: December 18, 1969
A member of Spain's gold-medal winning team at the 1992 Olympics, he found his way into the national team blocked first by the veteran Andoni Zubizarreta then the emergence of Iker Casillas. Would have been first choice at the last World Cup had he not dropped a bottle of aftershave on his foot, severing a tendon, in the build-up to the tournament. Remains a key member of the Valencia team.
Name: Michel Salgado. Position: Defender. DOB: October 22, 1975
Unlucky to miss the 2004 European Championships though injury and, after being left out of the last World Cup, Salgado should be a fixture at right back. Strong, fast, brave and determined, Salgado combines an honest hard-working attitude with total commitment to the cause. Solid in defence, he also gets forward well to support the attack. He knows this could be his last chance at World Cup glory and that means he will be more motivated than ever.
Name: Sergio Ramos. Position: Defender. DOB: March 30, 1986
One of the most promising players in Spanish football, Real Madrid paid £18million for the 19-year-old at the start of the 2005/06 season, making him the first Spaniard they signed in five years. Able to play in a variety of roles, be it right back, centre half or central midfield, Ramos has already shown Madrid's money was well spent. Spain coach Luis Aragones sees him more as a right back. Fast, good in the air and with a powerful shot, Ramos just gets better and better.
Name: Asier Del Horno. Position: Defender. DOB: January 19, 1984
Has improved his all-round game since joining Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao at the start of the 2005/06 season. Best known in Spain for his ability to press forward, Del Horno has added defensive bite and positional sense to his game. Quick and hard tackling, his power in the air makes him a constant threat from set pieces. He is still liable to hurl himself into tackles, however, and will have to curb his aggressive tendencies this summer if he is not to incur the wrath of referees.
Name: Antonio Lopez. Position: Defender. DOB: September 13, 1981
Atletico Madrid's Lopez will fight it out with Del Horno for a place in the starting line up. Aragones likes to rotate the pair and appears uncertain as to who is better. Lopez is perhaps slightly faster and better technically than Del Horno, but lacks the physical power of his rival and may have to settle for a place on the bench at least at the start of the competition.
Name: Carles Puyol. Position: Defender. DOB: April 13, 1978
It says a lot about Puyol that he looks taller than he actually is. The Barcelona centre half is known for his courage and commitment on the pitch and will be seen trying to motivate his team-mates in Germany. Fast and hard tackling, Puyol is key to Spain's chances and will certainly be one of the first names down on the team sheet for his country as he is with his club Barcelona.
Name: Pablo Ibanez. Position: Defender. DOB: August 8, 1981
The Atletico Madrid defender seems to have won himself a place in the starting line up with a series of solid displays in recent matches. Excellent in the air and surprisingly quick, Pablo will play as the man marker, allowing Puyol to be the spare man at the back. Can look ungainly but Pablo is a classic centre half, who is much happier on the ball than first impressions may suggest.
Name: Carlos Marchena. Position: Defender. DOB: July 31, 1979
Virtually an ever present in qualification where he scored a vital late goal against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Valencia central defender Marchena has lost his place to Pablo in recent games. Excellent with the ball at his feet - he can also play as a defensive midfielder - and pacy, he is nonetheless prone to the odd error and is not as solid in the tackle as Pablo, making him a player attackers like to run at.
Name: Juanito. Position: Defender. DOB: July 23, 1976
Real Betis central defender Juanito is likely to find himself fourth in line when Spain travel to Germany. An experienced stopper, he has all the qualities of a typical centre half, being hard in the tackle and good in the air. Only a slight lack of pace has stopped him from playing more games for his country. Will only be called upon if injuries strike the squad.
Name: David Albelda. Position: Midfielder. DOB: September 1, 1977
Albelda is likely to play a holding role in the Spain midfield. A key part of Valencia's Primera Liga-winning sides of 2002 and 2004, Albelda keeps it simple. He reads the game well, makes the tackle and then gets things moving with a short pass. The sort of player every team needs, Spain nevertheless lack creativity when he plays alongside his club-mate Ruben Baraja and many believe that Xabi Alonso would give the team more options in the middle.
Name: Joaquin. Position: Midfielder. DOB: July 21, 1981
Impressive at the last World Cup despite missing the penalty that saw Spain crash out at the quarter-final stage. On a good day, he can take any defence apart with his speed and ability to run at people. However, when he is off the pace he has a tendency to drift out of games. Aragones surprisingly left him out of the squad for the play-offs against Slovakia and he will have to battle for his place with Luis Garcia.
Name: Xabi Alonso. Position: Midfielder. DOB: November 25, 1981
Given that Spain can at times lack creativity it is surprising that Aragones seems to prefer Albelda to Liverpool's Xabi Alonso. Capable of playing the holding role, Alonso is more direct than Albelda, combining pinpoint passing ability with a habit of getting forward and scoring vital goals. A complete midfielder, who should probably have more caps to his name.
Name: Luis Garcia. Position: Midfielder. DOB: June 24, 1978
Luis Garcia's hat-trick in the home leg of the play-off against Slovakia made him a national hero as Spain qualified for the finals at the end of a topsy-turvey qualifying campaign in which a lack of goals was a problem. Preferred on the right wing to Joaquin, the Liverpool man more than justified Aragones' faith in him. Perhaps not yet established enough to consider himself a first-team regular, his ability to play in a variety of roles will be very useful in Germany.
Name: Xavi Hernandez. Position: Midfielder. DOB: January 25, 1980
Short in stature but with wonderful ability, Xavi has overcome a knee injury to be fit for the World Cup. And his importance to Spain cannot be overestimated. The Barcelona star is his country's most creative midfielder and rarely gives the ball away. Equally at home in a holding role or linking midfield and attack, Xavi is one of the best midfielders in the world.
Name: Marcos Senna. Position: Midfielder. DOB: July 17, 1976
Holding midfielder Senna distinguished himself in Villarreal's unlikely run to the Champions League semi-finals this season and played a key role in protecting one of the meanest defences in European football. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Senna is a naturalised Spaniard but his first cap was an occasion for controversy with some of his international team-mates opposed to his inclusion.
Name: Cesc Fabregas. Position: Midfielder. DOB: May 4, 1987
One of the most exciting young talents in European football, the Arsenal midfielder has had to step into some big shoes, replacing the enormously influential Patrick Vieira in the Gunners midfield. Proved a more than adequate replacement in the Champions League. Fabregas is the youngest-ever Arsenal goalscorer, having found the net at the age of 16 years and 212 days in the 5-1 League Cup win against Wolves in December 2003. For Spain, he was still playing at Under-17 level two years ago and only made his senior debut in March this year.
Name: Andres Iniesta. Position: Midfielder. DOB: May 11, 1984
The Barcelona midfielder is a European champion at Under-16 and Under-19 and also captained Spain's Under-21s. Can play in the hole behind the strikers and has been used on the right by Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard.
Name: Jose Reyes. Position: Forward. DOB: September 1, 1983
Reyes remains an enigma for Spain. A player capable of great things on his day, the Arsenal striker seems incapable of putting two consistent performances together for his country. Aragones will use him on the right, but likes Reyes to swap wings during games. He appears to have formed a good understanding with Fernando Torres in recent games.
Name: Raul. Position: Forward. DOB: June 27, 1977
Missed a large chunk of the 2005/06 season with a knee injury but has returned to full fitness. Perhaps not as sharp as he was in his prime, the Real Madrid captain still leads from the front by working harder than anyone and his striker's instinct still nets him more than his share of goals.
Name: Fernando Torres. Position: Forward. DOB: March 20, 1984
It is time for 'El Nino' to come of age. Still regarded as an up-and-coming player by many, Torres will be 22 at the finals. Good in the air and lightning fast, he gets into great positions only to waste chances with wayward finishing. Recent performances have improved his games-per-goal ratio, but he will be up against tougher teams than San Marino this summer.
Name: David Villa. Position: Striker. DOB: December 3, 1981
Many observers feel David Villa should start more games for his country. The Valencia striker has been a consistent goalscorer throughout his career, be it with second division Sporting Gijon, Real Zaragoza or Valencia. Combining a striker's instinct with a high workrate and a bustling style, Villa is a handful for any defence and as well as scoring goals himself, he makes life easier for whoever partners him in attack. Should Raul fail to recover, Villa will probably be the player to take his place in the starting XI.