5 Spanish players who could retire after the FIFA World Cup 2014
The 2014 world cup is at its full swing but the biggest upset occurred when the defending champions were knocked out by defeat from Netherlands and Chile. After the dismal performance of Spain’s national team there are rumors that many of the big names from the national team could or should retire from the La Roja’s national squad so that a new team can be made.
This is not just the end of an era; it’s also the end of the road for many Spanish stars. This teams needs new blood and for fresh faces to be integrated, old hands must make way.
We look at the possible players who could leave the golden era behind.
#1 Iker Casillas
Captain Iker Casillas, who made basic errors in both Spains first two games in Brazil, could step aside. However, reports suggest the 33-year-old Real Madrid goalkeeper has yet to make up his mind over his future.
#2 Xavi Hernandes
Xavi is expected to announce his retirement from international football and his exit from Barcelona after 16 years with the Catalan club in the coming days.With more than 130 appearances and being voted six times in the FIFA World XI from 2008-2013 the midfield maestro will leave an illustrious career behind.
#3 Xabi Alonso
The Real Madrid defensive midfielder dismissed the rumours but refused to talk about his future with Spain, after reports suggested that the 32-year-old would retire following the tournament – a decision he supposedly made prior to the competition.
#4 David Villa
La Rojas all-time record goal scorer has called time on his international career and his nation may never see another like him. David Villas first-half flick helped defeat Australia in his sides meaningless Group B closer, and it was typical Villa; instinctive, skilful, clinical. But it will be his 59th and last goal for his country, and the realisation brought an outpouring of emotion from a much-loved and respected footballer.
#5 Fernando Torres
Torres made his international debut against Portugal in 2003 and after 11 years of serving his country and becoming country’s third top scorer of all time the 31 year old is expected to say good bye to his national team to prolong his club career.
A new-look Spain is expected for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, which begin on September 4 against France in Paris. The likes of Kiko Casilla, Isco, Alberto Moreno, Thiago Alcantara, Dani Carvajal, Jese, Ander Iturraspe and Gerard Deulofeu are all mentioned as potential members of the squad.
RFEF President Angel Villar remained in Rio as the team returned to Curitiba and is expected to meet with the Press to discuss Spain’s disappointing World Cup.