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Lineker's Verdict

Spain Team Kit

 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

Spain star player, Raul
World Cup record:
 1934   Quarter-finals
 1950   Fourth place
 1962   First round
 1966   First round
 1978   First round
 1982   Second round
 1986   Quarter-finals
 1990   Second round
 1994   Quarter-finals
 1998   First round
 2002   Quarter-finals

Did you know?
Spain lasted until the 23rd day of competition at the World Cup. That's one day more than their coach Jose Antonio Camacho lasted in charge of Spanish giants Real Madrid.

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Raul
With fancied teams dropping like flies in this tournament I really thought Spain could go all the way and finally rid themselves of the bridesmaid tag.

It is probably the most overused statement in world football, but it's true - when it comes to the World Cup, Spain really are the perennial under-achievers.

They sailed through the group stages, which was no great surprise. But they did it with a swagger, nine goals and a 100% record promising more was to come.

It never did. They lost all momentum, sneaked past Ireland on penalties but couldn't repeat the trick against South Korea when they undoubtedly missed Raul's presence.

They were more than unlucky in that match and made sure everyone knew about it, but a team of their undoubted quality shouldn't be reliant on penalties, let alone extra time.

They have so much talent but why they always fail to fulfil their potential on the biggest stage will remain one of the game's great mysteries.

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Group B: v Slovenia 3-1; v Paraguay 3-1; v South Africa 3-2; Second round: v Rep of Ireland 1-1 (won 3-2 on pens); Quarter-finals: v South Korea 0-0 (lost 3-5 on pens).



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