Did David Martin, the Spain coach, change anything in the Fukuoka World Championaships roster compared to the team participating in the World Cup Final?
Of course, he didn’t.
The roster was released today and is identical to the team that won the World Cup in California. Spain was dominant in LA and showed excellent performances, so there was no need for changes.
The team includes all 13 players who won gold at the 2022 World Championship last year, along with Albert Baros and Fran Valero, the bronze medalists at the European Championships in Split.
Spain men at the 2023 World Championships
Goalkeepers: Unai Aguirre (Barceloneta), Eduardo Lorrio (Sabadell).
Field players: Alberto Barroso (Sabadell), Alejandro Bustos (Barceloneta), Sergi Cabanas (Jug Dubrovnik), Miguel De Toro (Barceloneta), Martin Famera (Barceloneta), Alvaro Granados (Novi Beograd), Marc Larumbe (Barceloneta), Blai Mallarach (Sabadell), Alberto Munarriz (Barceloneta), Felipe Perrone (Barceloneta), Bernat Sanahuja (Barceloneta), Roger Tahull (Barceloneta), Francisco Valera (Sabadell)
Martin’s assistants will be Svilen Pirlakov, Antonio Aparicio (coaches), Marcel Massarfet (physical preparation), Irene Martinez (scouting), Alnerto Estiarte (doctor), Nuria Falla (physiotherapist). Rafa Aguilar is with the team as a technical director.
Spain will open the group play on July 17 with a derby against the Olympic champion Serbia. The Spaniards will have a demanding task in the 2nd round, as they will face Montenegro (July 19). At the end of the group phase, on July 21, Spain will meet an underdog – South Africa.