Spain Euro 2024 Squad Guide: New Talent and Lingering Scandal

Spain’s Euro 2024 squad is marred by the aftermath of the Luis Rubiales scandal, coupled with other underlying issues. Despite having promising players like Manchester City’s Rodri and a record-breaking young star, the expectations remain low. Here is a closer look at Spain’s squad for Euro 2024 and what to expect.

The Manager

Luis de la Fuente, the current manager of Spain’s senior team, took over after Luis Rubiales fired Luis Enrique following Spain’s last-16 exit at the 2022 World Cup. De la Fuente, a former La Liga champion, has a more conciliatory approach compared to his predecessor. Despite the lack of big names in the squad, he has managed to foster a club-like atmosphere among the players.

The Household Name in Waiting

Barcelona’s Lamine Yamal has been making waves in the football world, becoming the youngest La Liga player, Champions League starter, and La Liga scorer. His exceptional skills and maturity on the field have earned him a place in Spain’s squad, making him a player to watch in the tournament.


While Spain’s midfield may not match the caliber of past legends like Iniesta and Xavi, they excel in possession and passing accuracy. With Rodri leading the team, supported by players like Pedri and Dani Olmo, Spain’s midfield remains a stronghold.


The center-back position has been a concern for Spain, with a lack of options in defense. Despite a solid performance in the qualifiers, the team will face tougher opponents in the upcoming matches.

Something You Didn’t Know

Vicente del Bosque, Spain’s coach during their 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 victories, has taken on a new role to represent Spanish football amidst the fallout from Rubiales’ scandal. Despite efforts to move past the controversy, the shadow of Rubiales still looms over the federation.

Expectations Back Home

With doubts surrounding the current squad and off-field distractions, expectations for Spain’s performance at Euro 2024 are modest. However, past experiences have shown that unity and determination can lead to unexpected triumphs on the pitch.

Spain’s provisional squad for Euro 2024 includes a mix of experienced players and young talents, highlighting the country’s footballing depth and potential for success in the tournament.

By Dermot, The Athletic’s La Liga Correspondent. Follow Dermot on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan.