The golden generation that ruled the major championships have to move aside after the crushing defeats in Brazil
The son of a former Brazilian volleyball player and 1994 World Cup winner Mazinho, born in Italy and raised in Barcelona, where he came through the youth system before joining Bayern Munich. Thiago missed out on the World Cup due to injury. Player of the tournament as Spain won the 2013 European Under-21 championship.
Joined Atlético Madrid at eight and helped them to a first league title in eighteen years this season, providing more assists than anyone in the team. Alongside Thiago Alcântara and Sergio Busquets, Koke is likely to lead Spain’s midfield in the future. Can play centrally or on the right of midfield, his most familiar role with Atlético at U21 level.
Bullish, bold, quick, strong and extremely skilful, Jesé loves to run at people. A breakthrough season at Real Madrid was cut short by an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury – and Madrid missed him. Scored in his first Clásico and broke Emilio Butragueño’s goalscoring record for Madrid’s B team Castilla
Bandy legged creativity from just behind the forwards. Isco is the man to play the final pass, carry the ball from deeper or to score goals himself and has had an impressive, if often frustrating, first season at Real Madrid, where opportunities have been fewer than anticipated. Made his Spain debut in February 2013. Winner of the Golden Boy and Bravo trophies.
The man who is so cool that Juan Mata says he’s almost “unconscious”. If others doubted him when he joined Manchester United, he never let the pressure affect him. Was the club’s Player of the Year last season and is a more dominant and more complete goalkeeeper than the veteran Iker Casillas, whose errors proved so costly