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Spain beat Slovenia and break jinx

Spain made a winning start to a World Cup campaign for the first time in 52 years.
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Spain has players who play with artistry and tact. The Spanish Primera Liga is the most exciting soccer league in the world. Yet Spain under performs.

If history does not inspire, the squad's form does not enthuse either. Surprising, given the fact that the nucleus is the magical Real Madrid side.

Upfront, Raul is a gem with his prolific scoring. He is ably assisted by Morientes, Luis Enrique and Tristan. In midfield, Helguerra and Mendieta have the vision to create openings and execute goals. Hierro and Salgado are ageing defenders, but are hardworking and lend solidity to attack.

Going by star value, Spain can be the surprise packet at Korea, Japan. All of Spain will be hoping that the side throws up pleasant surprises, not disappointing results.

Iker Casillas, Pedro Contreras, Ricardo Lopez.

Curro Torres, Fernando Hierro, Miguel Angel Nadal, Carles Puyol, Juanfran Garcia, Enrique Romero.

David Albelda, Ruben Baraja, Ivan Helguera, Luis Enrique Martinez, Gaizka Mendieta, Sergio Gonzalez, Juan Carlos Valeron, Xavi Hernandez.

Francisco De Pedro, Alberto Luque, Fernando Morientes, Raul Gonzalez, Joaquin Sanchez, Diego Tristan.

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Qualifying campaign
W 2-1 Bosnia-H (a)
W 2-0 Israel (h)
D 1-1 Austria (a)
W 5-0 Liechtenstein (h)
W 4-1 Bosnia-H (h)
D 1-1 Israel (a)
W 4-0 Austria (h)
W 2-0 Liechtenstein (a)

June 21, 2002

  • Raul fighting to be fit for quarter-final

  • June 19, 2002
  • Spain to keep it clean against Korea

    June 18, 2002
  • Hierro to retire from international football

    June 17, 2002
  • No excuses for dreadful penalties - Charlton

  • June 16, 2002
  • Camacho critical of referee

  • Spain beat Ireland on penalties

  • June 14, 2002
  • No margin for error, warns Camacho

  • June 12, 2002
  • Spain end South Africa's run

  • June 7, 2002
  • Spain storm into second round

  • June 2, 2002
  • Spain beat Slovenia and break jinx

  • June 1, 2002
  • Spain hope to break jinx against Slovenia

  • May 27, 2002
  • Spain missing that extra spark, says De Pedro

  • May 26, 2002
  • Spain's coach brushes aside critics

  • May 23, 2002
  • Spain's Raul fitter than ever

  • May 18, 2002
  • Canizares injury forces Camacho into rethink

  • Spain 'keeper out of Cup after freak accident

  • May 17, 2002
  • Madrid brought to a standstill by heroes

  • March 25, 2002
  • Hierro hat-trick keeps Real Madrid top in Spain

  • December 1, 2001
  • France, Senegal to kick off 2002 World Cup


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