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Spain
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Furia Roja (The Red Fury)
La Roja (The Red)
Association Royal Spanish
Football Federation
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Spain Vicente del Bosque
Captain Spain Iker Casillas
Most caps Spain Andoni Zubizarreta (126)
Top scorer Spain Raúl (44)
Home stadium Santiago Bernabéu
Vicente Calderón
Mestalla
FIFA code ESP
FIFA ranking 1
Highest FIFA ranking 1 (July 2008–June 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking 25 (March 1998)
Elo ranking 2
Highest Elo ranking 1 (Sept 1920 - May 1924, Sept - Dec 1925, June 2002, June 2008 - June 2009)
Lowest Elo ranking 20 (June 1969, June 1981, November 1991)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Spain 1 – 0 Denmark 
(Brussels, Belgium; 28 August 1920)[1]
Biggest win
 Spain 13 – 0 Bulgaria 
(Madrid, Spain; 21 May 1933)[2]
Biggest defeat
 Italy 7 – 1 Spain 
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 4 June 1928)[3]
 England 7 – 1 Spain 
(London, England; 9 December 1931)[4]
World Cup
Appearances 12 (First in 1934)
Best result Fourth Place, 1950
European Championship
Appearances 9 (First in 1964)
Best result Champions, 1964, 2008
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2009)
Best result 3rd Place, 2009

The Spanish national football team represents Spain in international football and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation. The Spanish side are commonly referred to as La Furia Roja (The Red Fury).[6]

Spain are the current European champions, having won the UEFA European Championship in 2008. They also won the European Nations' Cup in 1964 and reached the UEFA Euro 1984 Final. Spain have qualified for the FIFA World Cup twelve times, reaching fourth place in the 1950 tournament.

In July 2008, Spain rose to the top of the FIFA World Ranking for the first time in their history, becoming the sixth nation, and the first who has never won the World Cup, to top this ranking. Between November 2006 and June 2009, Spain went undefeated for a record tying 35 consecutive matches —record shared with Brazil— including a record 15-game winning streak.

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History

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Early years

1950 World Cup

The Spanish Civil War and World War II prevented Spain from playing another competitive match until the 1950 World Cup. There they topped their group against England, Chile and the United States to progress to the final round. The cup was decided in a league format against the other group winners — Brazil, Uruguay, and Sweden. Spain gained only one point by drawing with eventual winners Uruguay, losing to both Brazil and Sweden, thus finishing fourth, which remains, as of 2008, their best performance in a World Cup. The team failed to qualify for another major tournament until the 1962 World Cup.

Under French-Argentine coach Helenio Herrera, Spain came out of dormancy to qualify for the first European Championship in 1960. Spain beat Poland 7–2 on aggregate to progress to the quarterfinals. However, Spain forfeited its quarterfinal tie with the Soviet Union because of political circumstances between Spain's dictator Franco and the Soviets.

José Villalonga era and the 1964 European champions

In 1962, José Villalonga was appointed coach of Spain. Under Villalonga, Spain qualified for the 1962 World Cup but were eliminated in the first round group against Brazil, Czechoslovakia, and Mexico. Two years later they hosted the European Championship, in which they beat Romania, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to move on to the semifinals. There they beat highly-favoured Hungary 2–1 after extra time. They went on to face the USSR 2–1 before a crowd of more than 79,000 at the Bernabéu in Madrid. Jesús María Pereda put Spain ahead after just six minutes, but Galimzian Khusainov equalised a few minutes later with a free kick. Marcelino Martínez put in a late header to win Spain's first major international title.

As European champions, Spain automatically qualified for the 1966 World Cup, retaining much of the same squad from 1964 and keeping José Villalonga at the helm. However, they failed to progress beyond the first round, defeating only Switzerland and losing to West Germany and Argentina.

The departure of Villalonga put Spain into another period of mixed results. After winning their group in the qualifying rounds of the Euro 68, they were knocked out by England in the quarterfinals and did not make it to the final tournament held in Italy. Spain did not qualify for another tournament until Euro 76.

Late 1970s and early 1980s

Spain returned to form with an undefeated progess through a qualifying group for Euro 76 against Romania, Scotland, and Denmark, but failed to reach the final stages after a 3-1 defeat by West Germany in the quarterfinals.

The 1978 World Cup witnessed Spain's first World Cup finals appearance since 1966. Spain qualified by finishing top of a group including Yugoslavia and Romania with three wins in four matches. In the finals, Spain were drawn into group 3 with Brazil, Austria, and Sweden. Spain started the finals by losing 2–1 to Austria, but despite drawing with Brazil 0–0 and defeating Sweden 1–0, they were knocked out at that stage.

Euro 1980 saw Spain qualify for the first eight-team European championship by surpassing Romania, Yugoslavia, and Cyprus. At the tournament in Italy, Spain was drawn into group B with the hosts, England, and Belgium. Spain gained only one point after a draw with Italy and again exited without reaching the quarterfinals.

1982 World Cup in Spain

In 1966, Spain was selected as host of the 1982 FIFA World Cup. This edition of the World Cup featured 24 teams for the first time. Expectations were high for Spain as the host nation under coach José Santamaría. In the group stages, Spain was drawn into Group 5, in which they could only manage a 1–1 draw with Honduras in the finals' opening match, after which they had a 2–1 victory over Yugoslavia, but were defeated 1–0 by Northern Ireland. These results were enough to secure progress to the second round where they were drawn into Group B, but defeat to West Germany and a goalless draw with England meant that Spain were knocked out, and Santamaría was sacked.

1984 to 1988

Former Real Madrid coach Miguel Muñoz, who had temporarily coached Spain in 1969, returned to the national side. Spain were in Euro 84 qualifying Group 7, against The Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Iceland, and Malta. Entering the last match, Spain needed to defeat Malta by at least 11 goals to surpass the Netherlands for the top spot in the group, and after leading 3-1 at half time, Spain scored 9 goals in the second half to win by 12-1 and win the group. In the finals tournament, Spain were drawn into group B with Romania, Portugal, and West Germany: after 1-1 draws against their first two opponents, Spain topped the group by virtue of a 1–0 victory against West Germany. The semifinals saw Spain and Denmark drawn at 1-1 after extra time, before Spain proceeded by virtue of winning the penalty shootout 5–4 on penalties. Hosts and tournament favourites France defeated Spain 2-0 in the final after a goalless first half.

Spain qualified for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico having topped Group 7 with Scotland, Wales, and Iceland. Spain began the group stage by losing to Brazil 1–0, but progressed after beating Northern Ireland by 2–1 and Algeria by 3–0. Round 2 paired Spain with Denmark, who they overcame 5–1 with Emilio Butragueño scoring four goals, but in the quarterfinals a 1–1 draw with Belgium ended with Belgium winning 5–4 on penalties.

Muñoz was retained as coach for Euro 88. As in the several previous tournaments Spain qualified impressively in a group with Austria, Romania, and Albania. Spain were drawn into group A and began their tournament with a 3–2 victory over Denmark, but were nevertheless knocked out in the group stage after losing 1–0 and 2–0 to Italy and West Germany respectively.

1990 to 1992

For the 1990 World Cup in Italy, Spain had a new coach, Luis Suárez. Having qualified from a group consisting of Republic of Ireland, Hungary, Northern Ireland, and Malta, Spain entered the competition on a good run of form, and after reaching the knock out stages through a 0–0 draw with Uruguay and wins over South Korea (3–1) and Belgium (2–1), fell to a 2–1 defeat to Yugoslavia in the second round.

Newly appointed coach Vicente Miera failed to gain qualification for Spain for Euro 92, after finishing third in a group behind France and Czechoslovakia. Vicente Miera did however lead Spain to the gold medal at the 1992 Olympics[5] in Barcelona.

Clemente's reign, 1992–98

Javier Clemente and the Spain team in a training session.

Javier Clemente was appointed as Spain's coach in 1992, and the qualification for the 1994 World Cup was achieved with eight wins and one loss in twelve matches. In the final tournament Spain were in Group C in which they drew with Korea Republic 2–2 and 1–1 with Germany, before qualifying for the second round with a 3–1 victory over Bolivia. Spain continued through the second round with a 3-0 victory over Switzerland, but their tournament ended with a 2–1 defeat to Italy in the quarter-finals.

Spain qualified for Euro 96 from a group consisting of Denmark, Belgium, Cyprus, Macedonia, and Armenia. In the final tournament Spain faced group matches against Bulgaria, France and Romania. With 1–1 draws against the first two opponents, and a 2–1 win over Romania, Spain confirmed their place in the quarter-finals, with a match with hosts England, which finished goalless and Spain eventually fell 4–2 in the shootout.[7]

In his second World Cup as Spain's coach, Clemente led his team undefeated through their qualifying group in which Yugoslavia and Czech Republic were the other contenders. Spain qualified with fourteen other European sides in the first ever thirty-two team World Cup, but were eliminated in the first round with four points after losing to Nigeria, drawing with Paraguay, and winning just one game, against Bulgaria.

Euro 2000 and World Cup 2002

After a 3–2 opening defeat to Cyprus in Euro 2000 qualifying, Clemente was fired and José Antonio Camacho was appointed as coach. Spain won the rest of their games to qualify for the final tournament, where they were drawn into Group C. A 1-0 defeat to Norway was followed by victories over Slovenia (2-1) and Yugoslavia (4–3), with Spain thus setting up a quarterfinal against 1998 World Cup champions, France, which was won 2-1 by France.

The qualifying tournament for the 2002 World Cup went as expected for Spain as they topped a group consisting of Austria, Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Liechtenstein. In the finals tournament Spain won its three matches in group B, against Slovenia, Paraguay (both by 3-1), and South Africa (3-2). Spain beat Republic of Ireland on penalties in the second round, and faced co-hosts Korea Republic in the quarterfinals. Spain twice thought they had scored, but the efforts were disallowed, and Korea were successful in the penalty shootout after a 0-0 draw after a great theft of party.

Euro 2004

At Euro 2004 in Portugal, Spain were drawn into group A with hosts Portugal, Russia and Greece, behind whom they had finished second in qualifying. Spain defeated Russia 1–0 and drew 1–1 with Greece, but failed to get the draw they needed against Portugal to proceed to the knock out stages. Iñaki Sáez was sacked weeks later and replaced by Luis Aragonés.

Luis Aragonés era, 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008

UEFA Euro 2008 pre-match ceremonies involving Sweden and Spain.

Spain qualified for the 2006 World Cup only after a play-off against Slovakia, as they had finished behind Serbia and Montenegro in Group 7, which also included Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Lithuania, and San Marino. In Group H of the German hosted finals, Spain won all their matches, beating Ukraine 4–0, Tunisia 3–1 and Saudi Arabia 1-0. However Spain fell 3–1 in the second round to France team, with only the consolation of a share, with Brazil, of the 2006 FIFA Fair Play Award. Spain qualified for Euro 2008 at the top of Qualifying Group F with 28 points out of a possible 36, and were seeded 12th for the finals. They won all their games in Group D: 4–1 against Russia, and 2-1 against both Sweden and defending champions Greece.

Spanish players celebrating their victory in Madrid.

Reigning World Cup holders Italy were the opponents in the quarter final match, and held Spain to a finished 0–0 draw resulting in a penalty shoot-out which Spain won 4–2. Spain met Russia again in the semi-final, again beating them, this time by 3–0.[8].

In the final, played in Vienna's Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Spain defeated Germany 1–0, with a goal scored by Fernando Torres in the 33rd minute.[9] This was Spain's first major title since the 1964 European Championship. Spain were the top scoring team, with 12 goals, and David Villa finished as the top scorer with four goals; Xavi was awarded the player of the tournament, and nine Spanish players were picked for the UEFA Euro 2008 Team of the Tournament.[10]

Shortly after the tournament, Spain reached the top of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time, the first team never to have won a World Cup to achieve this.

Confederations Cup debut and 2010 World Cup

Luis Aragonés left the manager's role after the Euro 2008 success, and was replaced by Vicente del Bosque.[11]

2008 saw David Villa score 12 goals in 15 games, breaking the Spanish record of 10 goals in one year held by Raúl since 1999.[12] On 11 February 2009, David Villa broke another Spanish record against England, as his 36th-minute goal saw him become the first Spanish player to score in six consecutive games.[13]

Spain began their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign with six successive wins, and went into the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup as one of the favourites. By the start of the tournament, Del Bosque's had ten consecutive wins, making him the first international manager to do so from his debut, breaking Joao Saldanha's record, held since 1969, of nine consecutive wins with Brazil.

Spain won all three of their matches at the group stage, the 5–0 win over New Zealand including a Fernando Torres hat-trick that is the earliest and fastest hat-trick in the tournament's history. With further wins over Iraq (1–0) and South Africa (2–0) they earned not only qualification for the semifinals, but also obtained the world record for 15 consecutive wins and tied the record of 35 consecutive unbeaten games (with Brazil).

On 24 June 2009, Spain's undefeated record ended when the United States beat them 2-0 in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-finals which sent them to the third place match. This was Spain's first defeat since 2006. Spain defeated hosts South Africa 3–2 after extra time in the 3rd-place playoff.[14]

On 9 September 2009, Spain secured their place at the 2010 World Cup finals after beating Estonia 3–0 in Mérida.[15] They went on to record a perfect World Cup qualifying record with 10 wins out of 10 in Group 5, finishing with a 5–2 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina on 14 October 2009.[16]

Uniform kit

Spain's traditional kit is a red jersey with yellow trim accompanied by dark blue shorts and socks while their traditional away kit is either a full white kit with red and yellow trim or a yellow jersey with dark blue shorts and socks. Their current home kit is a lighter red than usual along with light blue shorts and red socks, similar to the older 2006 kit.[17] A third kit is sometimes used and is usually blue with red and yellow trim (used currently as change kit). Spain's kit is currently designed by Adidas. Rather than displaying the logo of the Spanish football federation, Spain's jersey traditionally features the Coat of arms of Spain over the left breast.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 10 10 0 0 28 5 +23 30
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 6 1 3 25 13 +12 19
 Turkey 10 4 3 3 13 10 +3 15
 Belgium 10 3 1 6 13 20 −7 10
 Estonia 10 2 2 6 9 24 −15 8
 Armenia 10 1 1 8 6 22 −16 4
  Armenia Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Estonia Spain Turkey
Armenia  2 – 1 0 – 2 2 – 2 1 – 2 0 – 2
Belgium  2 – 0 2 – 4 3 – 2 1 – 2 2 – 0
Bosnia and Herzegovina  4 – 1 2 – 1 7 – 0 2 – 5 1 – 1
Estonia  1 – 0 2 – 0 0 – 2 0 – 3 0 – 0
Spain  4 – 0 5 – 0 1 – 0 3 – 0 1 – 0
Turkey  2 – 0 1 – 1 2 – 1 4 – 2 1 – 2

Competitive record

World Cup record

Host nation(s) / Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Italy 1934 Quarter-final 5 3 1 1 1 4 3
France 1938 Entry not accepted by FIFA - - - - - - -
Brazil 1950 Fourth Place 4 6 3 1 2 10 12
Switzerland 1954 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Sweden 1958 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Chile 1962 Round 1 12 3 1 0 2 2 3
England 1966 Round 1 10 3 1 0 2 4 5
Mexico 1970 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
West Germany 1974 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Argentina 1978 Round 1 10 3 1 1 1 2 2
Spain 1982 Round 2 12 5 1 2 2 4 5
Mexico 1986 Quarter-final 8 5 3 1 1 11 4
Italy 1990 Round of 16 14 4 2 1 1 6 4
United States 1994 Quarter-final 6 5 2 2 1 10 6
France 1998 Round 1 17 3 1 1 1 8 4
South Korea Japan 2002 Quarter-final 5 5 3 2 0 10 5
Germany 2006 Round of 16 10 4 3 0 1 9 4
South Africa 2010 Qualified - - - - - - -
Total 13/19 - 49 22 12 15 80 57

European Championship record

Host nation(s) / Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
France 1960 Refused[18] - - - - - -
Spain 1964 Champions 2 2 0 0 4 2
Italy 1968 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Belgium 1972 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Yugoslavia 1976 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Italy 1980 Round 1 3 0 1 2 2 4
France 1984 Runners-up 5 1 3 1 4 5
West Germany 1988 Round 1 3 1 0 2 3 5
Sweden 1992 Did not qualify - - - - - -
England 1996 Quarter-final 4 1 3 0 4 3
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Quarter-final 4 2 0 2 7 7
Portugal 2004 Round 1 3 1 1 1 2 2
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Champions 6 5 1 0 12 3
Total 8/13 30 13 9 8 38 31
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.
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Confederations Cup record

Host nation(s) / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 - Germany 2005 Did Not Qualify - - - - - -
South Africa 2009 Third Place 5 4 0 1 11 4
Total 1/8 5 4 0 1 11 4
*Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Head to head

Recent matches

Date Competition Location Home Team Result Away Team Scorers
28 March 2009
2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying
Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid  Spain
1–0
 Turkey Gerard Piqué Goal 60'
1 April 2009
2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying
Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Istanbul  Turkey
1–2
 Spain Semih Goal 26'Alonso Goal 63' (pen.), Riera Goal 90+2'
9 June 2009
Friendly
Tofik Bakhramov Stadium, Baku  Azerbaijan
0–6
 Spain David Villa Goal 34', Goal 39', Goal 45' (pen.), Riera Goal 68', Güiza Goal 71', Torres Goal 87'
14 June 2009
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg  New Zealand
0–5
 Spain Torres Goal 6', Goal 14', Goal 17', Fàbregas Goal 24', David Villa Goal 48'
17 June 2009
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein  Spain
1–0
 Iraq David Villa Goal 55'
20 June 2009
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein  Spain
2–0
 South Africa David Villa Goal 51', Llorente Goal 71'
24 June 2009
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein  Spain
0–2
 United States Jozy Altidore Goal 27', Clint Dempsey Goal 74'
28 June 2009
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg  Spain
3–2
a.e.t.
 South Africa Guiza Goal 88' Goal 89', Alonso Goal 107'Mphela Goal 73' Goal 90+3'
12 August 2009
Friendly
Philip II Arena, Skopje  Macedonia
2–3
 Spain Pandev Goal 9' Goal 34'Torres Goal 52' Piqué Goal 55' Riera Goal 56'
5 September 2009
2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying
Estadio Riazor, A Coruña  Spain
5–0
 Belgium David Silva Goal 41' Goal 68', David Villa Goal 49' Goal 85', Gerard Pique Goal 50'
9 September 2009
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
Estadio Romano, Mérida  Spain
3–0
 Estonia Fàbregas Goal 32', Santi Cazorla Goal 81', Juan Mata Goal 90+2'
10 October 2009
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
Hrazdan Stadium, Yerevan  Armenia
1–2
 Spain Fàbregas Goal 33', Arzumanyan Goal 58', Juan Mata Goal 64 (pen)'
14 October 2009
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
Bilino Polje, Zenica  Bosnia and Herzegovina
2–5
 Spain Džeko Goal 90', Misimović Goal 90+2'Piqué Goal 12', David Silva Goal 15', Negredo Goal 50', Goal 55', Juan Mata Goal 89'
14 November 2009
Friendly
Vicente Calderón Stadium, Madrid  Spain
2–1
 Argentina Xabi Alonso Goal 16', Goal 86' (pen.)Messi Goal 61' (pen.)
18 November 2009
Friendly
Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna  Austria
1–5
 Spain Jakob Jantscher Goal 8'Fàbregas Goal 10', David Villa Goal 20', Goal 45', Güiza Goal 56', Pablo Hernández Goal 57'
3 March 2010
Friendly
Stade de France, Paris  France
0–2
 Spain David Villa Goal 21', Ramos Goal 46'

Forthcoming fixtures

Date Competition Location Home Team Result Away Team Scorers
29 May 2010
Friendly
Madrid  Spain
 Liechtenstein
3 June 2010
Friendly
Tivoli Neu, Innsbruck  Spain
 Korea Republic
8 June 2010
Friendly
El Helmántico, Salamanca  Spain
 Poland
16 June 2010
World Cup Groupstage
Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban  Spain
 Switzerland
21 June 2010
World Cup Groupstage
Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg  Spain
 Honduras
25 June 2010
World Cup Groupstage
Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria  Chile
 Spain
11 August 2010
Friendly
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City  Mexico
 Spain
3 September 2010
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz  Liechtenstein
 Spain
8 October 2010
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
TBA  Spain
 Lithuania
12 October 2010
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
Hampden Park, Glasgow  Scotland
 Spain
25 March 2011
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
TBA  Spain
 Czech Republic
29 March 2011
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
TBA  Lithuania
 Spain
6 September 2011
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
TBA  Spain
 Liechtenstein
7 October 2011
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
TBA  Czech Republic
 Spain
11 October 2011
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
TBA  Spain
 Scotland

2007-2009 undefeated run

Spain went undefeated for a world record[19] 35 matches in a row, after a 1–0 loss to Romania in a friendly match on November 15, 2006. The record is also held by Brazil (not counting defeats after a penalty shoot-out). Spain won 32 out of the 35 matches, while the other 3 ended in draws (one of which was against Italy, a match which Spain ended up winning on penalties). The Spanish side scored 73 goals while conceding only 11, and never allowed more than one goal per match except against Greece, a friendly match on August 22, 2007 which ended 3–2.

Spain also held the world record for consecutive wins, at 15, following their draw against Italy during the quarter finals in UEFA Euro 2008. This winning streak, together with the undefeated run, was ended by the United States on June 24, 2009, in a 2–0 defeat in the semifinal stage of the 2009 Confederations Cup.

Opponent Type Date Result
 England Friendly match 7 February 2007 1–0
 Denmark UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying 24 March 2007 2–1
 Iceland UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying 28 May 2007 1–0
 Latvia UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying 2 June 2007 2–0
 Liechtenstein UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying 6 June 2007 2–0
 Greece Friendly match 22 August 2007 3–2
 Iceland UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying 8 September 2007 1–1
 Latvia UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying 12 September 2007 2–0
 Denmark UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying 13 October 2007 3–1
 Finland Friendly match 17 October 2007 0–0
 Sweden UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying 17 November 2007 3–0
 Northern Ireland UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying 21 November 2007 1–0
 France Friendly match 6 February 2008 1–0
 Italy Friendly match 26 March 2008 1–0
 Peru Friendly match 31 May 2008 2–1
 United States Friendly match 4 June 2008 1–0
 Russia UEFA Euro 2008 10 June 2008 4–1
 Sweden UEFA Euro 2008 14 June 2008 2–1
 Greece UEFA Euro 2008 18 June 2008 2–1
 Italy UEFA Euro 2008 22 June 2008 0–0 (Spain won 4–2 on penalties)
 Russia UEFA Euro 2008 26 June 2008 3–0
 Germany UEFA Euro 2008 29 June 2008 1–0
 Denmark Friendly match 20 August 2008 3–0
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification 6 September 2008 1–0
 Armenia 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification 10 September 2008 4–0
 Estonia 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification 11 October 2008 3–0
 Belgium 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification 15 October 2008 2–1
 Chile Friendly match 19 November 2008 3–0
 England Friendly match 11 February 2009 2–0
 Turkey 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification 28 March 2009 1–0
 Turkey 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification 1 April 2009 2–1
 Azerbaijan Friendly match 9 June 2009 6–0
 New Zealand 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup 14 June 2009 5–0
 Iraq 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup 17 June 2009 1–0
 South Africa 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup 20 June 2009 2–0

Honours

This is a list of honours for the senior Spanish national team
  • Fourth place (1): 1950
  • Third place (1): 2009

Friendly titles

World Team of the Year 2008

Records

Worldwide

Most consecutive wins
15 (2008-2009)
Most consecutive games undefeated
35 (2007-2009) (shared with  Brazil between 1993-1996)
Most consecutive wins achieved by an international coach from debut
13 - Vicente Del Bosque
Most shootouts in one World Cup by one team
2 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup (shared with  Argentina at the 1990 FIFA World Cup)
World record amount of points in World Cup qualification
30 out of 30 points (2008-2009)

Nationwide

Most international goals
99 - Torres
Most international caps
126 - Andoni Zubizarreta
Most goals scored in one year
20 - Torres (2008 and 2009)
Most consecutive games ended with at least one goal
9 - Torres

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players were named for the Friendly match against France on March 3 2010.[20]

Caps and goals as of 3 March 2010.

Name Date of Birth Club Team Caps (Goals) Debut
Goalkeepers
Iker Casillas (captain) 20 May 1981 (1981-05-20) (age 28) Spain Real Madrid 102 (0) v  Sweden, 3 June 2000
Pepe Reina 31 August 1982 (1982-08-31) (age 27) England Liverpool 19 (0) v  Uruguay, 17 August 2005
Diego López 11 August 1981 (1981-08-11) (age 28) Spain Villarreal 1 (0) v  Macedonia, 12 August 2009
Defenders
Raúl Albiol 4 September 1985 (1985-09-04) (age 24) Spain Real Madrid 22 (0) v  Denmark, 13 October 2007
Álvaro Arbeloa 17 January 1983 (1983-01-17) (age 27) Spain Real Madrid 13 (0) v  Italy, 26 March 2008
Joan Capdevila 3 February 1978 (1978-02-03) (age 32) Spain Villarreal 42 (4) v  Paraguay, 16 October 2002
Carlos Marchena 31 July 1979 (1979-07-31) (age 30) Spain Valencia 56 (2) v  Hungary, 21 August 2002
Gerard Piqué 2 February 1987 (1987-02-02) (age 23) Spain Barcelona 14 (4) v  England, 11 February 2009
Carles Puyol (1st vice-captain) 13 April 1978 (1978-04-13) (age 31) Spain Barcelona 81 (2) v  Netherlands, 15 November 2000
Sergio Ramos 30 March 1986 (1986-03-30) (age 23) Spain Real Madrid 57 (5) v  China PR, 26 March 2005
Midfielders
Marcos Senna 17 July 1976 (1976-07-17) (age 33) Spain Villarreal 28 (1) v  Côte d'Ivoire, 1 March 2006
Xabi Alonso (3rd vice-captain) 25 November 1981 (1981-11-25) (age 28) Spain Real Madrid 66 (7) v  Ecuador, 30 April 2003
Sergio Busquets 16 July 1988 (1988-07-16) (age 21) Spain Barcelona 11 (0) v  Turkey, 1 April 2009
Cesc Fabregas 4 May 1987 (1987-05-04) (age 22) England Arsenal 48 (5) v  Côte d'Ivoire, 1 March 2006
Xavi (2nd vice-captain) 25 January 1980 (1980-01-25) (age 30) Spain Barcelona 84 (8) v  Netherlands, 15 November 2000
Andrés Iniesta 11 May 1984 (1984-05-11) (age 25) Spain Barcelona 40 (6) v  Russia, 27 May 2006
Juan Mata 28 April 1988 (1988-04-28) (age 21) Spain Valencia 7 (3) v  Turkey, 28 March 2009
Jesús Navas 21 November 1985 (1985-11-21) (age 24) Spain Sevilla 3 (0) v  Argentina, 14 November 2009
David Silva 8 January 1986 (1986-01-08) (age 24) Spain Valencia 33 (6) v  Romania, 15 November 2006
Strikers
David Villa 3 December 1981 (1981-12-03) (age 28) Spain Valencia 55 (37) v  San Marino, 9 February 2004
Dani Güiza 17 August 1980 (1980-08-17) (age 29) Turkey Fenerbahce 21 (6) v  Northern Ireland, 8 November 2008
Álvaro Negredo 20 August 1985 (1985-08-20) (age 24) Spain Sevilla 4 (2) v  Armenia, 10 October 2009
Fernando Torres 20 March 1984 (1984-03-20) (age 25) England Liverpool 72 (23) v  Portugal, 6 September 2003

Recent call ups

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months.

Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut Most Recent Call up
Defenders
Juanito 23 July 1976 (1976-07-23) (age 33) Spain Atlético Madrid 25 (3) v  Hungary, 21 August 2002 v  Turkey, 1 April 2009
Andoni Iraola 22 June 1982 (1982-06-22) (age 27) Spain Athletic Bilbao 4 (0) v  Denmark, 20 August 2008 v  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 14 October 2009
Nacho Monreal 26 February 1986 (1986-02-26) (age 24) Spain Osasuna 2 (0) v  Macedonia, 12 August 2009 v  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 14 October 2009
Midfielders
Santi Cazorla 13 December 1984 (1984-12-13) (age 25) Spain Villarreal 24 (2) v  Peru, 31 May 2008 v  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 14 October 2009
Pablo Hernández 11 April 1985 (1985-04-11) (age 24) Spain Valencia 2 (1) v  South Africa, 20 June 2009 v  Austria, 22 November 2009
Albert Riera 15 April 1982 (1982-04-15) (age 27) England Liverpool 16 (4) v  Denmark, 13 October 2007 v  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 14 October, 2009
Strikers
Fernando Llorente 26 February 1985 (1985-02-26) (age 25) Spain Athletic Bilbao 5 (2) v  Chile, 19 November 2008 v  United States (2009 FIFA Confederations Cup)
Bojan Krkic 28 August 1990 (1990-08-28) (age 19) Spain FC Barcelona 1 (0) v  Armenia, 10 Octoberber 2009 v  Armenia (World Cup Qualifyer)

Previous squads

FIFA World Cup squads
UEFA European Football Championship squads
FIFA Confederations Cup squads

Top goalscorers

As of 3 March 2010, the ten highest scorers for Spain are:

# Player Career Goals (Caps) Avg/game
1 Raúl 1996–2006 44 (102) 0.431
2 David Villa 2005– 37 0(55) 0.654
3 Fernando Hierro 1989–2002 29 0(89) 0.325
4 Fernando Morientes 1998–2007 27 0(47) 0.574
5 Emilio Butragueño 1984–1992 26 0(69) 0.377
6 Alfredo di Stéfano 1957–1961 23 0(31) 0.742
Julio Salinas 1986–1996 23 0(56) 0.411
Fernando Torres 2003– 23 0(72) 0.319
9 Míchel 1985–1992 21 0(66) 0.318
10 Telmo Zarra 1945–1951 20 0(20) 1.000
  • Bold denotes players still playing international football.

Most capped Spain players

As of 3 March 2010 the ten players with the most caps for Spain are:

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Andoni Zubizarreta 1985–1998 126 0
2 Raúl 1996–2006 102 44
= Iker Casillas 2000– 102 0
4 Fernando Hierro 1989–2002 89 29
5 Xavi 2000– 84 8
6 José Antonio Camacho 1975–1988 81 0
= Carles Puyol 2000– 81 2
8 Rafael Gordillo 1978–1988 75 3
9 Fernando Torres 2003– 72 23
10 Emilio Butragueño 1984–1992 69 26
  • Bold denotes players still playing international football.

Managers

See also

References

  1. ^ "PARTIDOS DE LA SELECCIÓN ESPAÑOLA (Spanish)". Futbol en la red. http://futbol.sportec.es/seleccion/ficha_partido.asp?c=51&nj=1&par=DENESP. 
  2. ^ "PARTIDOS DE LA SELECCIÓN ESPAÑOLA (Spanish)". Futbol en la red. http://futbol.sportec.es/seleccion/ficha_partido.asp?c=1&nj=36&par=ESPBUL. 
  3. ^ "PARTIDOS DE LA SELECCIÓN ESPAÑOLA (Spanish)". Futbol en la red. http://futbol.sportec.es/seleccion/ficha_partido.asp?c=50&nj=3&par=ITAESP. 
  4. ^ "PARTIDOS DE LA SELECCIÓN ESPAÑOLA (Spanish)". Futbol en la red. http://futbol.sportec.es/seleccion/ficha_partido.asp?c=1&nj=30&par=ENGESP. 
  5. ^ a b c Since 1992, squads for Football at the Summer Olympics have been restricted to three players over the age of 23. The achievements of such teams are not usually included in the statistics of the international team.
  6. ^ http://goal.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/24/stopping-the-la-furia-roja-is-no-easy-task/
  7. ^ "TheFA.com - 1996 European Championship". http://www.thefa.com/euro2004/History/Postings/2003/01/36689.htm. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "Germany 0-1 Spain". BBC Sport. 2008-06-29. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/euro_2008/7363545.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  10. ^ Spanish players named in the team of the tournament were: goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas, defenders Carles Puyol, Carlos Marchena, midfielders Xavi, Cesc Fàbregas, Andrés Iniesta, Marcos Senna and strikers David Villa and Fernando Torres.
  11. ^ Spain appoint Del Bosque
  12. ^ Villa, mejor goleador de la selección en un año natural (Spanish)
  13. ^ Spain Hotshot David Villa Delighted With Goal Against England
  14. ^ Spain Finish Third In Confederations Cup After Thrilling Finale Against South Africa
  15. ^ "South Africa place secured". ESPN. 2009-09-09. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=236527&cc=5739&league=FIFA.WORLDQ.UEFA. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  16. ^ "Perfect record intact". ESPN. 2009-10-14. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=236569&cc=5739. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  17. ^ Royal Spanish Football Federation Home Jersey
  18. ^ In the 1960 European Championships, the final qualifying stage was the quarter final. Spain reached this stage, but refused, for political reasons, to travel to the Soviet Union for a fixture, and so withdrew
  19. ^ Spain dazzles to equal Brazil's unbeaten run
  20. ^ Jugadores RFEF (Spanish)

External links

Titles

Preceded by
1960 Soviet Union 
European Champions
1964 (First title)
Succeeded by
1968 Italy 
Preceded by
2004 Greece 
European Champions
2008 (Second title)
Succeeded by
Holders

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