Gerard Pique & Javi Martinez
Gerard Piqué i Bernabeu (born 2 February 1987) is a Spanish footballer, currently playing as a central defender for FC Barcelona. Javier Javi Martínez Aguinaga (born 2 September 1988 in Estella-Lizarra, Navarre) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao in La Liga./5
Gerard Pique Javi Martinez Juan Mata Andres Iniesta Jordi Alba Iker Casillas Fernando Llorente Cesc Fabregas Raul Albiol Santi Cazorla David Silva Sergio Ramos Pepe Reina Fernando Torres Sergio Busquets Cesar Azpilicueta Pedro Rodriguez Alvaro Negredo
Why were Pepe Reina and Juan Mata omitted?! And what kind of fitness problems have Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Javi Martinez? :(
2014 World Cup: Five reasons it went wrong for Spain - Sticking with the old-timers After the 5-1 defeat against the Netherlands, coach Vicente Del Bosque was forced to react and chose to drop both Xavi Hernandez and Gerard Pique, replacing them with Pedro Rodriguez and Javi Martinez. However, it would appear that the rejuvenation of the Spain squad should have begun sooner. A player like Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, full of energy and desire, was introduced to the side too late. And the decision to keep faith in Iker Casillas proved to be a mistake. The captain of the great teams of the recent past he may be, but he has not been playing regularly for Real Madrid and Del Bosque has enough alternatives in the goalkeeping department, even in the absence of the injured Victor Valdes. - Porous defence If the fingers of blame are being pointed in his direction, Casillas might respond by saying that the defenders in front of him deserve criticism too. After all, Spain's success in 2010 and at Euro 2012 was ...
Shambolic Spain must change, or die Friday night's 5-1 demolition at the hands of Netherlands underlined that La Roja are in dire need of an overhaul ahead of their meeting with Chile Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque had two major selection decisions to make for Friday's World Cup Group B opener against Netherlands. He got both wrong - and it's time for him to reassess what he believes is his best side or the reigning champions might be out of this tournament before they know what has hit them. There had been rumours all week that the former Real Madrid coach would start with Javi Martinez at the back in place of Gerard Pique. However, when it came to the crunch, Del Bosque erred on the side of caution, electing against breaking up the longstanding central defensive partnership of Pique and Sergio Ramos. How he must rue that decision now. Pique was dire; his positioning pathetic. The Barcelona centre-half lost Robin van Persie for the first goal and was also caught in no man's land for the second before then ...
Fernando Torres makes Spain's final Squad for the World Cup yet again! Now there's something about this guy and the national team; especially when stars like Fernando Llorente, Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo couldn't make the cut. He may have lost some of his goal-scoring touch, but you can't take away the fact that this guy has achieved what some great players constantly yearn for: he has won the Champions League, EUROPA LEAGUE, TWO EURO CUPS, and THE World Cup. He won the Golden Boot at the last European Cup from the bench!!! Take it or leave it, some players were born talented, some were born lucky, while some were simply born BLESSED! WAY TO GO, El Nino!!, show them what stuff you're made of!!! SPANISH SQUAD: Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, David De Gea Defenders: Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Raul Albiol, Javi Martinez, Jordi Alba, Cesar Azpilicueta, Juanfran Torres Midfielders: Koke, Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas, Santi Cazorla, Pedro Rodriguez, Juan Mata, D ...
Looking at the Spanish squad for the World Cup it amazes me how strong this team is its full of European, World Cup winners and Champions League winners not a single weakness in this team for me they are favorites to win it again. Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, David De Gea Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Cesar Azplicueta, Juanfran, Javi Martinez, Raul Albiol, Alberto Moreno Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Xabi Alonso, Ander Iturraspe, David Silva, Santi Cazorla, Koke, Juan Mata, Jesus Navas Forwards: Diego Costa, David Villa, Alvaro Negredo, Pedro Rodriguez, Fernando Llorente, Fernando Torres
Manchester City v Barcelona What a tie this is. Manchester City, fresh off a 6-3 hammering of league leaders Arsenal, seem to be unbeatable at home and are scoring goals for fun. The 3-2 win at Bayern Munich was proof that City are ready to fire with the big boys in Europe this season. The partnership of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo is a threat to any team on their day and it will be no different here. There are certain players that City have to keep fit however, such as captain Vincent Kompany, Aguero and Yaya Toure. If they do this, City have a real chance. The only concern for City is their struggling away form, which has been evident in the league. It remains to be seen as to whether they will cope with Barca's fluent passing at the Camp Nou. Although this seems like a very tough draw for Man City, Barcelona are certainly not the team that they were three or four years ago. They have major problems at the back, with Gerard Pique proving to be inconsistent, Javier Mascherano not completely settling ...
Spain B team for confed cup : Victor Valdes for Iker Casillas, Cesar Azpilicueta for Alvaro Arbeloa, Raul Albiol for Gerard Pique, Nacho Monreal for Jordi Alba, Javi Martinez for Sergio Busquets, Santi Cazorla for Xavi, David Silva for Cesc Fabregas, Juan Mata for Andres Iniesta, David Villa for Pedro and … Fernando Torres for Roberto Soldado, and Sergio Ramos do double duty... crazy team Christian Jonatan Noval Najib Erwin Nathaniel Albert Yunarto
Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez has received a national team call up to replace the injured Gerard Pique.
Puebla de Munich star Javi Martinez has been recalled to the Spain squad to replace the injured Gerard Pique.
Spain Posted on October 5, 2012 by Martinez back in Spain squad(PA) Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has recalled Javi Martinez in place of the injured Gerard Pique as his only change for the upcoming FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers against Belarus and France.
"On the evidence of Sunday night, however, and the competition as a whole, the duo may not be needed in any case: Spain's defence conceded just once in 570 minutes, while the goals for arrived in the end as well.The rest of the squad remains youthful: Gerard Pique will be 27 in 2014, Sergio Ramos 28, Jordi Alba 25, David Silva 28, Juan Mata 26, Javi Martinez 25. Many of those players will be approaching their peak and scarily, Spain may yet be even stronger in two years' time."
Sign up with bet365 for a free bet up to £200 Vicente Del Bosque has opted for the Barcelona midfielder in place of the Chelsea man, to play alongside David Silva and Andres Iniesta in the front three. Elsewhere, they are unchanged from the team that beat Portugal in the semi-final. Xavi, Xabi Alonso and Sergio Busquets make up the midfield triumvirate. Whilst the back five comprise of Iker Casillas in goal, Alvaro Arbeloa and Jordi Alba at full-back, and Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique at centre-back. For Italy, they make just one chance from the starting XI that beat Germany in their semi-final. Ignazio Abate has recovered sufficiently from a hamstring injury to replace Federico Balzaretti at right-back. The Milan defender will join Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini at the back, with Daniele De Rossi, Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo making up a midfield three. Just in behind the strikers is Riccardo Montolivo, and he will look to support Antonio Cassano and Mari ...
To silence the 'noisy neighbors', some signings I'd like to see this summer : Defence - Gerard Pique, Mathieu Debuchy, Neven Subotic; Midfield - Luca Modric, Eden Hazard, Javi Martinez; Attack - Fernando Llorente, Edinson Cavani. Surplus to requirement : Ferdinand, Anderson, Fletcher, Park, Owen, Macheda, Berbatov. (Let's leave Scholes and Giggs to leave when they are ready to!)
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