World Cup: Spain
(Paul White / AP)
Spain's national team poses before a match against New Zealand in 2009 in South Africa.
Men's ranking: 1
Overall World Cup record: 22-15-12
Coach: Vicente del Bosque
Best performance: Fourth place, 1950
The world's top-ranked team in the latest FIFA rankings, La Roja will be carrying great expectations with it to South Africa. Spain has a mature, balanced roster led by captain Iker Casillas in goal and playmaking midfielder Xavi Hernandez, who keeps the team's fluid offense running. Strikers David Villa and Fernando Torres are among the world's best finishers. -- Kevin Baxter