David Villa: The Key to Spain's Chance of Winning the Confederations Cup

Mark BatemanCorrespondent IJune 9, 2009

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 28:  David Villa of Spain listens to his countries national anthom during the FIFA2010 World Cup Qualifier match between Spain and Turkey at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 28, 2009 in Madrid, Spain. Spain won the match 1-0.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

This summer's Confederations Cup will test to see if South Africa is ready to host the 2010 World Cup, much like the South Africa football team’s defence will be tested by Spain forward, David Villa.

The 27-year-old has been picked as part of Vicente Del Bosque's 23-man squad that will represent Spain in Group A of the competition. To progress, Spain will face New Zealand, Iraq and the hosts and could go on to face Brazil, Italy, Egypt or the USA, who make up Group B.

Villa has been in top form for both club and country and it is not a huge surprise that he has been chosen to spearhead Spain’s attack.

The former Real Zaragoza striker has achieved a great amount in his career to date. He is Spain’s fifth all-time top goalscorer with 25 goals in 43 appearances, he has won the Copa Del Rey, twice, and has also won the European Championship in 2008, in which he was also presented with the Golden Boot.

Currently playing for Valencia in La Liga, he is attracting interest from all over Europe, with nearly all the major teams desperate to acquire his services, including: Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City.

The Confederations Cup will not only give Villa the chance to add to his recent international goal-glut, but will also present him with the chance to put himself in the shop window.

The prolific Spaniard is a definite favourite to end the competition as top goalscorer and that is down to his natural attacking ability. He is quick on the ball, composed and skilful, and most importantly has an eye for goal.

Since Del Bosque took over from Luis Aragones as head coach of Spain, Villa has really looked like he is enjoying his football and has already scored five goals in Spain’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

Del Bosque, who guided Real Madrid to the one of the most successful periods in the club’s history between 1999 and 2003, clearly knows how to get the best out of Villa and the team pretty much fits around him.

Spain should be far too strong for teams like New Zealand and Iraq and smart money would have to go on them making it to the latter stages of the competition, where they will no doubt be challenging Brazil and Italy for the trophy.

One thing is for certain, should Spain win the 2009 Confederations Cup it will be down to three things. The coaching of Vicente Del Bosque, the team's work ethic, and most importantly the goals of David Villa.