Spain v Scotland Greatest XIs: Who Would Win?

Spain have already won their group in the European qualifiers but Scotland can still secure a runner-up spot if they match or better the Czech Republic's result in Lithuania. Ahead of the game we look at how the Greatest XIs of Spain and Scotland would shape up against each other...
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Spain have already won their group in the European qualifiers but Scotland can still secure a runner-up spot if they match or better the Czech Republic's result in Lithuania. Ahead of the game we look at how the Greatest XIs of Spain and Scotland would shape up against each other...

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Tonight sees a game that means little to Spain but could keep Scotland's European qualification hopes alive. Here we pit our greatest XIs of each international side against each other.

Scotland Greatest XI

GK Jim Leighton

Scotland’s most capped keeper with 91 appearances despite stiff competition from Andy Goram in the later part of his career. He also holds the record for the oldest player to play for Scotland. 8

LB Sandy Jardine

Played out his entire career in Scottish football and captained the national side a number of times. 8

CB Willie Miller

Spent his entire club career at Aberdeen and was once voted the club’s best all time player. 9

CB Alex McCleish

McCleish partnered Miller at Aberdeen where they won all major domestic honours in the 1980s. A partnership which transferred well to the national side. 8

RB Danny McGrain

Captained Scotland at the 1982 World Cup, he could play on either side but spent most of his time for Scotland on the right. 8

LM Jim Baxter

Summoned up his best performances for Scotland whilst playing against England – including the first team to beat England as World Cup Champions in 1967. 8

CM Graeme Souness

Now a regular Sky Sports pundit, Souness was captain of Scotland a number of times in his years as a player and made over 50 appearances. 8

CM Archie Gemmill

Included for his spectacular goal against Holland, which was famously celebrated in the film Trainspotting. Ewan McGregor's post-orgasm comparison provides a most passionate recollection of the goal. 8

RM Jimmy Johnstone

Often considered Celtic’s best ever player he is honoured by the club with a statue - a true Scottish legend. 9

S Denis Law

Considered one of the great strikers of his time, he won the European Player of The Year Award in 1964 and is Scotland’s joint highest goal scorer. 9

S Kenny Dalglish

Scotland’s most capped player and shares the record for the highest number of goals with Denis Law at 30 goals each. 10

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Was manager for Scotland with no success at the 1986 World Cup – but we know he is a Scottish manager who has produced his share of success at Manchester United, making him an obvious choice in this hypothetical set up.10

Total -103

An incredible player and scored the solitary goal in the final that secured Spain that World Cup. In addition to this he has been a major part in the amazing Barcelona team of the last few years.

Spain Greatest XI

GK Iker Cassillas

Over 100 International caps and captained the team to their only ever World Cup. A campaign in which he won the Golden Glove, conceded just two goals and saved a penalty. 10

LB José Antonio Camacho

A regular left back for Spain, he appeared for the club 81 times in an era when Spain were renowned underachievers. 8

CB Carlos Puyol

A long serving rock of a defender for Barcelona – Puyol also featured in the Euro and World Cup winning squads. 9

CB Fernando Hierro

Played in four World Cups for Spain when the side were still the team of torn betting slips – he appeared for the national side just under 89 times and scored 29 goals from central defence. 9

RB – Sergio Ramos

He made his first International appearance just before his 19th birthday and has been a regular ever since. He started every game at last year’s World Cup. 9

RM Andres Iniesta

An incredible player and scored the solitary goal in the final that secured Spain that World Cup. In addition to this he has been a major part in the amazing Barcelona team of the last few years. 10

CM Alfredo Di Stefano

An interesting international career - Di Stefano appeared for Argentina and Columbia before Spain. But his exceptional record of 23 goals in 31 appearances secure his place in this Spanish XI. 9

CM Xavi

Another of six players in this 11 who featured in the World Cup winning team. He also won player of the tournament at Euro 2008. 10

LM Paco Gento

A rapid left-winger. He had an incredible career with Real Madrid, appearing in a record eight European Cup finals. 8

S Raul

He made over 100 appearances for Spain but just missed out on the trophy-winning era. In addition to this he holds the record as Real Madrid’s all-time top goal scorer. 10

S David Villa

Spain’s top goal scorer with 49 goals, including five during the 2010 World Cup competition. 9

Manager Vicente del Bosque

With the World Cup winning squad being such a theme of this 11 it would be rude not to include the manager. 10

Total - 111

Final Score Scotland 103 - 111 Spain

Scotland put up a great battle but that many World Cup winners in one team were too much to overcome. Miller and McCleish were as hard as nails in defence but play-makers Xavi and Iniesta provided excellent service to the reliable goal scoring abilities of Raul and Villa to come to an eventually comfortable win.

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