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David the giant

New Barca signing David Villa, 28, is one of the sharpest strikers. Small, fast and imaginative, always trying to defy the offside trap, he is capable of pulling apart even the most solid defence.

sports Updated: Jun 08, 2010 23:08 IST

New Barca signing David Villa, 28, is one of the sharpest strikers. Small, fast and imaginative, always trying to defy the offside trap, he is capable of pulling apart even the most solid defence. Started out at Sporting Gijon, moved on to Zaragoza (2003), helped them win the King’s Cup in 2004, then signed for Valencia (2005). Scored three goals at the 2006 WC and four at Euro 2008, becoming the tournament's top scorer, though he missed the final with a pulled muscle.

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* WCs played: 1934, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 (12)

* Best WC performance: 4th (1950)

* WC Record: P:49 W:22 D:12 L:15

* 2006 WC: Lost 1-3 to France in round of 16, blowing a 1-0 lead.

* 2002: Tied Ireland 1-1 in round of 16 (advanced on penalties), tied South Korea 0-0, but lost on penalties.

* 1998: Failed to advance from their group (Nigeria & Paraguay advanced)

* 1994: Beat Switzerland 3-0 in round of 16, lost 1-2 to Italy in QFs on a Baggio goal in the 87th minute.