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Spain’s secret weapon: Fernando Torres, goalkeeper

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Fernando Torres attempts to save a shot while mentor Pepe Reina watches. (AP)

As this year's Champions League final showed yet again, goalkeepers can be the difference between winning and losing in a tournament like Euro 12. And by reading far too much into pictures taken during Spain's Wednesday training session, we can see that they are so desperate to retain the European championship that they are cultivating a secret weapon: Fernando Torres as goalkeeper.

Already blessed with the talented trio of Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina and Victor Valdes, some questioned the selection of Torres after his exile from the national team while he was still in the midst of his recently cured goal drought. But now we see why he was reintroduced: To play a key role in Spain's experimental and groundbreaking two goalkeeper formation.

Wearing no gloves and playing alongside Pepe Reina, Torres -- whose mother banned him from being a goalkeeper after a ball knocked out his front teeth when he was a child -- tried to stop shots from his teammates using only his bare hands and freckles and artificial blondness.

How successful was the ploy?

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Torres finding more humor in his inability to make saves than he did in his inability to score. (AP)

Not very. But still quite enjoyable apparently.

That just leaves Spain's secret plan B: Having Andres Iniesta sit on Xavi's shoulders to form one impossibly good midfielder of normal size.

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