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UEFA Euro 2012: Enemies become friends

6/5/2012

UEFA Euro 2012, one of soccer's top international competitions, kicks off June 8. In anticipation of this eagerly awaited event, Playbook is teaming up with ESPN FC to offer sights and other delights from each participating nation.

On one side, it's Iker Casillas, Alvaro Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Raul Albiol and Xabi Alonso. On the other, it's Victor Valdes, Gerard Pique, Xavi, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Pedro -- with the injured David Villa and Carles Puyol on the sidelines.

Yes, Real Madrid (the first five names) and Barcelona (the others) make up quite a chunk of Spain's national team ahead of Euro 2012. And, like World Cup 2010 and all other international competitions, it will be the one special place where enemies from these two superpower rivals become friends.

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TRIVIA

Which member of Spain's 23-man squad used to play for Barcelona, but no longer does?