Vicente del Bosque He formed a team that, beyond talent, stood out for unity. In a tournament with the pressure of a World Cup and the favorite band on the back, Spain needed a group to row with everyone together until the end. Adversities had to be overcome during the weeks of concentration in South Africa, but the end result was one of the greatest moments in history of Spanish sport.
A decade later, many of those chosen by Del Bosque continue to be active, giving their final years of quality to football before facing the path of withdrawal that others like Xavi, Xabi, Villa or Puyol have already experienced. What is the current situation of the 2010 world champions?
The goalkeeper was the hero of the final along with Andrés Iniesta, and also in charge of raising the cup that accredited Spain as world champion to the sky of Johannesburg. Currently, and once his health problems were overcome, he left his work as a professional soccer player parked – he is not yet officially retired – and he appeared in the elections for the presidency of the RFEF, to retire weeks later after some dire predictions about his candidacy .
He was not a starter at Real Madrid in 2010 and he was not a starter at the Spanish national team, but he was part of the group of 23 world champions. After several years at a high level in Naples, Albiol hurries the last moments of his career at Villarreal, where he has formed a solid couple with one of the central players of the future, Pau Torres, who has even earned him to return to the national team. in the last calls.
A decade later, Piqué has not changed teams, but his career has suffered news. The Barcelona central left the Spanish team in 2018, after numerous controversies related to independence and although he remains the defensive pillar of Barça, his sports priorities now share time with business, thanks to his company Kosmos, promoter, among other events. , from the Davis Cup.
Gerard Piqué, at the Davis Cup 2019 presentation event in New York. (.)
He was one of the veterans in South Africa and like Albiol, his role was residual and in the shadow of the Puyol-Piqué couple. He left football after a few years of blackout and embarked on a new path on the bench, and remains for the second season as second to Paco Gallardo at Sevilla Atlético, in second B.
Another who was also passing thirty in South Africa, an age that did not prevent him from being the main protagonist in Del Bosque’s eleven. His goal against Germany is still remembered, but injuries rushed his downhill to force his withdrawal, always at Barcelona. Directly away from the playing fields, he began in the world of representation and is an ambassador for the League and UEFA.
To speak of the World Cup in South Africa is to speak of Andrés Iniesta. The manchego arrived with doubts at the tournament, the result of his physical problems, but he rose to become the author of the goal that gave the cup to Spain, in the 116th minute of the final against the Netherlands. Iniesta continued several years at Barça until he found in Japan, in the ranks of Vissel Kobe, a more relaxed destination for his last years of professional career, still active.
Andrés Iniesta, in a match with Vissel Kobe
His five goals were one of the keys to Spain’s victory in the World Cup, in a facet that he had already played two years ago in the Euro Cup. After South Africa, Villa went through Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid before starting an international tour that led him to Vissel Kobe de Iniesta, where he retired last January.
If Iniesta put the magic and put the goal, Xavi did the same with the style. The Barça midfielder was the helmsman of the national team, and after completing his cycle in the Barça team, he went to Qatar, where he is currently the coach of the club where he retired as a player, Al-Sadd. Sounds for the Barcelona bench for next season.
The other great striker of the Spanish team. Fernando did not arrive in South Africa at a good time and his role was reduced as the games progressed. After the World Cup he went through several teams, including a last stage at Atlético and his retirement, just over a year ago, in Japan.
Fernando Torres said goodbye to professional football with Sagan Tosu (@Torres)
The luxury secondary of the team has changed a lot since it was proclaimed world champion with Spain. He did not find his place at Barça, and his impact on Chelsea did not last long, which led him to his current destination, a Monaco that has come to a loss and in which it seems, could be playing his last matches in Europe before from a change to another league.
Del Bosque’s starting eleven ‘unknown’ earned himself a fix in a position that required a key deployment to offset the system. Capdevilla did not play in a big game like the vast majority of his teammates, but he managed to extend his career, with more shadows than lights in his later years, until he retired definitively in 2017. Currently, he holds the position of Espanyol spokesman and works within the department of institutional relations of the parakeet club.
Third goalkeeper in South Africa, the shadow of Iker Casillas did not allow him to succeed in the selection. Her performance was remarkable at Barcelona but an injury when she was finishing her last year as a Barça player caused a forced downhill in her career, which ended with her retirement. Already as a coach, he started at the humble Moratalaz, breaking records with the youth team, and made the leap to Barça as a youth team coach, where he was fired after a discussion with Kluivert. In May he signed as head coach of Horta.
Victor Valdés was fired as Barça coach for disagreements with the board
Secondary in the World Cup, he left Valencia to start a journey in the Premier League, first with Chelsea and later with Manchester United. It was rumored with his departure and possible return to Spain last season, but he finally renewed his contract and could last one more season with the Red Devils, where he is not a starter.
Intelligence in the center of the field. In the national team he held a somewhat more offensive and touring role than he had in Mourinho’s Madrid, which he left after the Tenth – already with Ancelotti – to try his luck at Bayern with Pep Guardiola, where he put an end to his active career in 2017. As could be expected, Xabi made the leap to the bench and is currently the coach of Sanse, the first subsidiary of Real Sociedad.
He was the starting right-back for the national team and is currently the central defender, leader and captain of the national team. Sergio Ramos is another player a decade later, and despite the fact that his career was already remarkable in 2010, he is now a legend of Real Madrid and the Spanish team, with memorable performances and a high level that he continues to maintain at 34 years old.
« If I had to choose a player, I’d like to look like Busquets. » These words from Del Bosque perfectly summarize the confidence displayed in the midfielder, who from this, and of Guardiola’s opportunities, became a reference in the position, where he continues as a starter in a whole Barcelona, although he begins to give logical signs of downturn ten years later.
Secondary luxury at Real Madrid and also in the Spanish team. A wild card in the defense that he always tried to get strong in the locker room and that, despite the controversies, he was well liked by most of his teammates. Arbeloa went from Real Madrid to a brief stage at West Ham, a club in which he retired. He currently works for the white club, with which he will make the leap next season to the bench.
Xabi and Arbeloa, two great friends who begin their stage on the bench.
Another young man from that call, who in his case came prepared to contribute and did so at decisive moments. Pedro Rodríguez made a place for himself at Barça and the Spanish team and currently, still far from his records, he continues to leave glimpses of his quality at Chelsea, a club that he will leave at the end of this season to enroll in another adventure, which could be in Rome.
Their encounter against Portugal in the round of 16 is one of the great moments of the World Cup for Spain, and which perfectly reflects the power and the differential of their capabilities. A decade later, he is still active, although he accumulates several years with secondary roles for teams in Europe. It is unknown if the next season will continue at Naples.
Its power contrasted with the quality and small size of the midfielders of the team, but it represented, like his then partner Llorente, a very useful resource for specific contexts. After leaving Athletic, Javi became the most expensive signing in the history of Bayern Munich, a team that could leave in June, who knows if to return to San Mamés.
Brilliant footballer, his adaptation to the national team system was total, but Del Bosque was forced to remove him from the rosters to make the team more complete. Leader of Manchester City for many years, this summer his relationship with the English entity ends and his destiny is still unknown, but he is aiming for Qatar, where he has a multimillion-dollar offer.
Pedro and Silva will leave the Premier at the end of the season. (.)
Once his anxiety problems were overcome, Jesús Navas was able to play for Spain and be important to Del Bosque as a microwave from the bench. The small player from Los Palacios left Sevilla as a winger towards Manchester City, and returned to become one of the best wingers in the world, in a role in which he remains at almost 35 years of age.
Entertainer in the celebration, his role during the World Cup was limited to helping Casillas give his best performance, something much more important than it seems, as evidenced by the stoppage of the Madrid keeper to Cardozo in the quarterfinals. Reina left Liverpool and started a varied path of destinations in Italy and England, where she is currently on loan in the ranks of Aston Villa.