Spain at the World Cup 2018: Scores, schedule, complete squad, TV and live stream, players to watch

The 2018 World Cup is underway. CBS Sports will have you covered for each game, all the important news and more, as well as profiles of all of the teams.

Spain struggled a bit in the group stage at the World Cup, winning just one of their three matches, but still managed to win the group. That earned them a date with Russia in the round of 16, where the host nation was able to battle to a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes then topple the heavily favored Spanish team on penalty kicks.

Here's what you should know about Spain at the World Cup.

Competition history

World Cup appearances: 15
Best finish: Champions (2010)
Last World Cup: 2014, group stage 

Matches

Friday, June 15: Spain 3, Portugal 3
Wednesday, June 20: Spain 1, Iran 0  
Monday, June 25: Spain 2, Morocco 2

Sunday, July 1: Russia 1, Spain 1 (Russia wins 4-3 in penalty kicks) in round of 16

Roster

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It's a new-look Spain with forwards who have a lot of weight on their shoulders.  Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao), David De Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli)

Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Nacho (Real Madrid), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Isco (Real Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid)

Forwards: Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Rodrigo (Valencia), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid)

Note: Carvajal came off injured in the Champions League final with Real Madrid, but according to Marca he is fit to play. 

Best Player

David De Gea. On a team filled with world class midfielders, we're going with their goalie. The Manchester United goalkeeper is so good, fans will be fine with not seeing Iker Casillas in goal. He's one of the top three goalkeepers in the world, and you can make a case he's the best. He pulls off incredible save after incredible save, and he also saved Manchester United on many occasions this past season. With Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique in front of him, he won't be as busy as he is with his club, but if he plays up to his ability, Spain can win this tournament. 

Player to watch

Thiago. Kind of an afterthought at Barcelona, he's turned into a star at Bayern Munich. He's so sharp on the ball, he's quick to play the ball and move in attack, but wise enough to be patient and allow his teammates to stretch the field and open up for Spain's quick-pass attack. He's a player in his prime and may be counted on heavily in Russia. 

For a complete calendar of World Cup matches in Spanish, visit our sister site, CNET.com.

CBS Sports Writer

Roger Gonzalez is an award-winning writer based in Virginia that has covered pro soccer from Europe's top clubs to Argentina's first division. Roger started out his pro soccer writing career with Goal.com... Full Bio

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