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García's guide to the Spain squad

Published: Saturday 7 December 2013, 22.48CET
Ahead of Sunday's final with Germany, Nahikari García gave UEFA.com a rundown of her Spain team-mates, from studious ball players, inspirational leaders to the star of the show.
by Graham Turner & Christine Huisman
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García's guide to the Spain squad
Nahikari García gives UEFA.com a rundown of her Spain team-mates ©Sportsfile
Published: Saturday 7 December 2013, 22.48CET

García's guide to the Spain squad

Ahead of Sunday's final with Germany, Nahikari García gave UEFA.com a rundown of her Spain team-mates, from studious ball players, inspirational leaders to the star of the show.

Elena De Toro, goalkeeper
She has been a great source of security for us throughout the tournament despite her inexperience at this level. She gives us a great deal of confidence in defence.

Cristina Portomeñe, goalkeeper
She's shown great patience in waiting for her opportunity. It's very difficult coming into a squad with such little experience.

Núria Garrote, defender
She is one of three captains which says a lot about her character. She has played for a long time and is very experienced. She also gives the team a lot of confidence.

Beatriz Beltrán, defender
She is having a fantastic tournament. She covers a lot of ground, never stops running, and has been a key player for us since coming into the side.

Silvia Mérida, defender
Silvia is like Rocio and Quedal, very solid. She helped us a lot against Germany by standing up to the physical challenge.

Rocío Gálvez, defender
Rocío is similar to Silvia and a tireless worker. She does an amazing job and is a great person to have on and off the pitch. She unites the team.

Cintia Montagut, defender
Like Laura, she has always impressed after coming on as a substitute. It's not easy to make an impact from the bench, but she's done extremely well when called upon.

Queralt Gómez, defender
She is good on the ball and exceptional at the back. Against Germany, nobody could get past her.

Pilar Garrote, midfielder
She gives us something different in the centre of midfield and deserved her goal against England. She also works really hard.

Patricia Guijarro, midfielder
She is the lungs of the team, helping out in different areas of the pitch despite being only 15. She's been fantastic.

Aitana Bonmati, midfielder
She has been one of the surprises of the tournament. I'm really happy for her because she is a player with a lot of quality.

Laura Ortega, midfielder
It's been an invaluable experience for her. She has worked really hard and often comes into her own during training.

Maite Oroz, midfielder
She has lots of potential and I'm sure she will get even better with age.

Nahikari García, forward
I'm a team player. I work hard and do my best.

Mireya García Boa, forward
She's had an incredible tournament. She offers something in defence and attack – you saw that against England. She's good at doing the dirty work and brings a sense of tranquillity to the team. I've been really impressed.

Andrea Sánchez, forward
She's the star of the team and plays to an exceptional level. She not only scores all the goals but creates opportunities for others and links the play.

Carmen Menayo, forward
Every time she plays she does a fantastic job. She is always very calm when coming off the bench and that has a positive effect on the rest of the team.

Laura Domínguez, forward
She always does what is asked of her when called upon. A steady, reliable player.

Last updated: 08/12/13 11.51CET

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