Twelve Barça players at Euro 2012
Barça may be the team to supply the most players to the European Championship. Between Spain, France and Holland, the club has twelve players due to take part in Ukraine and Poland next summer.
If all 12 of Barça’s European internationals are named in their national squads, then there
would be even more than the ten players that went to Holland and Belgium in 2000: Abelardo, Sergi,
Guardiola, Figo, Reiziger, Frank and Ronald de Boer, Kluivert, Zenden and Cocu.
10 for Spain
If Vicente del Bosque keeps to his usual plans, and there are no injury concerns, then Víctor
Valdés, Xavi, Puyol, Piqué, Busquets, Pedro, Iniesta, Cesc, Pedro, Villa and Thiago will all be
picked. Nine of those were in the South Africa World Cup squad, and the only new face is Thiago
Reserve player Martín Montoya also has a chance after being named by Del Bosque for a recent
Abidal a regular choice for Blanc
Éric Abidal will almost surely be selected by France manager Laurent Blanc. As long as he
isn’t injured, he should be one of the first choice full backs, with France eager to erase
the bad memories of what happened at the World Cup last year.
Afellay on road to recovery
Although he is currently injured and has undergone surgery, Ibrahim Afellay is still being
closely monitored by Holland manager Bert van Marwijk, who has said he still hopes to be able to
take him to the finals. If his recovery goes to plan, then he should be fit in time to play for the
‘oranje’. Ibi didn’t start any of the games at the last World Cup, at which
Holland were finalists, but did come on as sub in three matches and was a regular starter in the