The Spanish national team, 7th ranked in the World, were surprisingly eliminated on the last World Cup in Brazil. They suffered a heavy defeat to Netherlands (lost 5:1) and were beaten by Chile (2:0). It is probably time for changes in the national team. This was the last World cup for Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Carlos Puyol and Iker Casillas. Xavi, who was the heartbeat of the squad who won European Championship 2010, played poor in Brazil and has retired from the Spanish national team. Xabi Alonso signed for Bayern Munich, but has retired from the international games too. Fernando Torres and Gerard Pique are not fully fit at the moment. On the next World Cup in Russia 2018, Andres Iniesta, Fernando Torres, Cesc Fabregas and David Silva will be older than 30 years.
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