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Spain national football team

The Spain national football team (Spanish: Selección Española de Fútbol)[a] represents Spain in international men's association football since 1920, and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Spain.

Spain
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Furia Roja (The Red Fury)[1]
AssociationRoyal Spanish Football Federation
(Real Federación Española de Fútbol – RFEF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachLuis Enrique
CaptainSergio Ramos
Most capsIker Casillas (167)[2]
Top scorerDavid Villa (59)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeESP
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 9 Steady (29 November 2018)[3]
Highest1 (July 2008 – June 2009, October 2009 – March 2010, July 2010 – July 2011, October 2011 – July 2014)
Lowest25 (March 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 4 Decrease 1 (13 December 2018)[4]
Highest1 (September 1920 – May 1924, September – December 1925, June 2008 – June 2009, July 2010 – June 2013)
Lowest19 (June–October 1969, November 1991)
First international
 Spain 1–0 Denmark 
(Brussels, Belgium; 28 August 1920)
Biggest win
 Spain 13–0 Bulgaria 
(Madrid, Spain; 21 May 1933)
Biggest defeat
 Spain 1–7 Italy 
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 4 June 1928)
 England 7–1 Spain 
(London, England; 9 December 1931)
World Cup
Appearances15 (first in 1934)
Best resultChampions (2010)
European Championship
Appearances10 (first in 1964)
Best resultChampions (1964, 2008, 2012)
Confederations Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2009)
Best resultRunners-up, 2013

Spain is one of the eight national teams to have been crowned worldwide champions, having participated in a total of 15 of 21 FIFA World Cups and qualifying consistently since 1978. Spain also have won three continental titles, having appeared at 10 of 15 UEFA European Championships.

Spain became the first European team to win a FIFA World Cup outside Europe, having won the 2010 tournament in South Africa, as well as having won back-to-back European titles in Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, defeating Germany and Italy in the respective finals, making them the only national team with three major titles in a row. According to this, from 2008 to 2013, the national team won the FIFA Team of the Year, the second-most of any nation, behind only Brazil.[6] Also between November 2006 and June 2009, Spain went undefeated for a record-equalling 35 consecutive matches, a record shared with Brazil.[7] Their achievements have led many experts and commentators to consider the 2008-2012 Spanish squads, among the best ever international sides in world football.[8][9][10][11][12]

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HistoryEdit

Spain has been a member of FIFA since its foundation in 1904, even though the Spanish Football Federation was first established in 1909. The first Spain national football team was constituted in 1920, with the main objective of finding a team that would represent Spain at the Summer Olympics held in Belgium in that same year. Spain made their debut at the tournament on 28 August 1920 against Denmark, silver medalists at the last two Olympic tournaments. The Spanish managed to win that match by a scoreline of 1–0, eventually finishing with the silver medal.[13] Spain qualified for their first FIFA World Cup in 1934, defeating Brazil in their first game and losing in a replay to the hosts and eventual champions Italy in the quarter-finals.[14] The Spanish Civil War and World War II prevented Spain from playing any competitive matches between the 1934 World Cup and the 1950 edition's qualifiers. At the 1950 finals in Brazil, they topped their group to progress to the final round, then finished in fourth place.[15] Until 2010, this had been Spain's highest finish in a FIFA World Cup finals, which had given them the name of the "underachievers".[16][17]

Spain won its first major international title when hosting the 1964 European Championship held in Spain, defeating the Soviet Union 2–1 in the final at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.[18] The victory would stand as Spain's lone major title for 44 years. Spain was selected as host of the 1982 FIFA World Cup, reaching the second round, and four years later they reached the quarter-finals before a penalty shootout defeat to Belgium.[19]

Javier Clemente was appointed as Spain's coach in 1992, leading them to the quarter-finals of the 1994 World Cup. The match became controversial when Italian defender Mauro Tassotti struck Luis Enrique with his elbow inside Spain's penalty area, causing Luis Enrique to bleed profusely from his nose and mouth, but the foul was not noticed nor sanctioned by referee Sándor Puhl. Had the official acknowledged the foul, Spain would have merited a penalty kick.[20] In the 2002 World Cup, Spain won its three group play matches, then defeated the Republic of Ireland on penalties in the second round. They faced co-hosts South Korea in the quarter-finals, losing in a shootout after having two goals controversially called back for alleged infractions during regular and extra time.[21]

 
World Cup champions parade, celebrate as they pass in front of the Air Force Headquarters in Madrid.

At UEFA Euro 2008, Spain won all their games in Group D. Italy were the opponents in the quarter-final match, which Spain won 4–2 on penalties. They then met Russia again in the semi-final, beating them 3–0.[22] In the final, Spain defeated Germany 1–0, with Fernando Torres scoring the only goal of the game.[23] This was Spain's first major title since the 1964 European Championship. Xavi was awarded the player of the tournament.[24] In the 2010 World Cup, Spain advanced to the final for the first time ever by defeating Germany 1–0. In the decisive match against the Netherlands, Andrés Iniesta scored the match's only goal, coming in extra time. Spain became the third team to win a World Cup outside their own continent, and the first European team to do so. Goalkeeper Iker Casillas won the golden glove for only conceding two goals during the tournament, while David Villa won the bronze ball and silver boot, tied for top scorer of the tournament. Spain qualified top of Group I in qualification for UEFA Euro 2012 with a perfect 100% record. They became the first team to retain the European Championship, winning the final 4–0 against Italy, while Fernando Torres won the Golden Boot for top scorer of the tournament.[8]

Two years later, however, they were eliminated from the group stage of the 2014 World Cup.[25] At Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, the side reached the last 16.

Team imageEdit

Style of playEdit

 
Spain, UEFA Euro 2008 winners
 
Spanish players celebrate winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup
 
Spain, UEFA Euro 2012 winners

During Spain's most successful period between 2008 and 2012, the team played a style of football dubbed 'tiki-taka', a systems approach to football founded upon the ideal of team unity and a comprehensive understanding in the geometry of space on a football field.[26]

Tiki-taka has been variously described as "a style of play based on making your way to the back of the net through short passing and movement",[27] a "short passing style in which the ball is worked carefully through various channels",[28] and a "nonsensical phrase that has come to mean short passing, patience and possession above all else".[29] The style involves roaming movement and positional interchange amongst midfielders, moving the ball in intricate patterns,[30] and sharp, one or two-touch passing.[31] Tiki-taka is "both defensive and offensive in equal measure" – the team is always in possession, so doesn't need to switch between defending and attacking.[32] Commentators have contrasted tiki-taka with "Route One physicality"[27] and with the higher-tempo passing of Barcelona and Arsène Wenger's 2007–08 Arsenal side, which employed Cesc Fàbregas as the only channel between defence and attack.[28] Tiki-taka is associated with flair, creativity, and touch,[33] but can also be taken to a "slow, directionless extreme" that sacrifices effectiveness for aesthetics.[29]

Tiki-taka was successfully employed by the Spanish national team to win UEFA Euro 2008, 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012. The team of this era is regarded as being among the greatest international teams in history.[10][8][9]

They have the Barcelona "carousel" of Xavi and Andrés Iniesta augmented by Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso in midfield.

— Phil McNulty of the BBC on the midfield players at the heart of Spain's tiki-taka passing style of play.[8]

Sid Lowe identifies Luis Aragonés' tempering of tiki-taka with pragmatism as a key factor in Spain's success in Euro 2008. Aragonés used tiki-taka to "protect a defense that appeared suspect [...], maintain possession and dominate games" without taking the style to "evangelical extremes". None of Spain's first six goals in the tournament came from tiki-taka: five came from direct breaks and one from a set play.[29] For Lowe, Spain's success in the 2010 World Cup was evidence of the meeting of two traditions in Spanish football: the "powerful, aggressive, direct" style that earned the silver medal-winning 1920 Antwerp Olympics team the nickname La Furia Roja ("The Red Fury") and the tiki-taka style of the contemporary Spanish team, which focused on a collective, short-passing, technical and possession-based game.[34]

Analyzing Spain's semi-final victory over Germany at the 2010 World Cup, Honigstein described the Spanish team's tiki-taka style as "the most difficult version of football possible: an uncompromising passing game, coupled with intense, high pressing". For Honigstein, tiki-taka is "a significant upgrade" of Total Football because it relies on ball movement rather than players switching position. Tiki-taka allowed Spain to "control both the ball and the opponent".[32]

We have the same idea as each other. Keep the ball, create movement around and off the ball, get in the spaces to cause danger.

— Xabi Alonso (Spanish midfielder).[31]

Kits and crestEdit

Spain's traditional kit is a red jersey with yellow trim, dark blue shorts and black socks, whilst their current away kit is all predominantly white. The colour of the socks altered throughout the 1990s from black to the same blue colour as the shorts, matching either the blue of the shorts or the red of the shirt until the mid-2010s when they returned to their traditional black. Spain's kits have been produced by manufacturers including Adidas (from 1981 until 1983), Le Coq Sportif (from 1983 until 1991) and Adidas once again (since 1991). 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. After winning the 2010 World Cup, the World Cup winners badge was added to the right breast of the jersey and a golden star at the top of the Spanish coat of arms.

Home stadiumEdit

Spain does not have a designated national stadium, and as such, major qualifying matches are usually played at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid. The capital city Madrid (Bernabéu and Metropolitano), Seville (Pizjuán and Villamarín), Valencia (Mestalla) and Barcelona (Camp Nou and Montjuïc), are the four Spanish cities that have hosted more than 15 national team matches, while also being home to the largest stadiums in the country.[36]

Other friendly matches, as well as qualifying fixtures against smaller opponents, are played in provincial stadia. The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign included matches at the Reino de León in León,[37] Los Cármenes in Granada,[38] El Molinón in Gijón,[39] and the Rico Pérez in Alicante.[40]

Media coverageEdit

Spain's UEFA Nations League 2019, UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying and 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches, and all friendly games from 2018 until 2022, will be televised nationwide by La 1, flagship television channel of the public broadcaster TVE.[41]

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Luis Enrique
Assistant coach   Roberto Moreno
Assistant coach   Jesús Casas
Goalkeeping coach   José Manuel Ochotorena
Fitness coach   Rafael Pol

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up to the Spain squad for the fixtures against Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina on 15 and 18 November 2018 respectively.[42]
Caps and goals correct as of: 18 November 2018, after the match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK David de Gea (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 28) 38 0   Manchester United
13 1GK Kepa Arrizabalaga (1994-10-03) 3 October 1994 (age 24) 3 0   Chelsea

18 2DF Jordi Alba (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 29) 67 8   Barcelona
14 2DF César Azpilicueta (1989-08-28) 28 August 1989 (age 29) 25 0   Chelsea
4 2DF Iñigo Martínez (1991-05-17) 17 May 1991 (age 27) 8 0   Athletic Bilbao
3 2DF José Luis Gayà (1995-05-25) 25 May 1995 (age 23) 3 0   Valencia
2 2DF Diego Llorente (1993-08-16) 16 August 1993 (age 25) 2 0   Real Sociedad
12 2DF Mario Hermoso (1995-06-18) 18 June 1995 (age 23) 1 0   Espanyol

22 3MF Isco (1992-04-21) 21 April 1992 (age 26) 36 12   Real Madrid
6 3MF Saúl (1994-11-21) 21 November 1994 (age 24) 15 2   Atlético Madrid
20 3MF Sergi Roberto (1992-02-07) 7 February 1992 (age 26) 5 1   Barcelona
8 3MF Dani Ceballos (1996-08-07) 7 August 1996 (age 22) 5 1   Real Madrid
16 3MF Rodri (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 22) 4 0   Atlético Madrid
21 3MF Pablo Fornals (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 22) 2 0   Villarreal

10 4FW Marco Asensio (1996-01-21) 21 January 1996 (age 22) 20 1   Real Madrid
11 4FW Suso (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 25) 4 0   Milan
7 4FW Álvaro Morata (1992-10-23) 23 October 1992 (age 26) 27 13   Chelsea
17 4FW Iago Aspas (1987-08-01) 1 August 1987 (age 31) 17 6   Celta
9 4FW Rodrigo (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 27) 15 4   Valencia

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Sergio Ramos (Captain) (1986-03-30) 30 March 1986 (age 32) 161 17   Real Madrid v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 18 November 2018 INJ
DF Nacho (1990-01-18) 18 January 1990 (age 28) 22 1   Real Madrid v.   England, 15 October 2018
DF Marc Bartra (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 27) 14 1   Betis v.   England, 15 October 2018
DF Dani Carvajal (1992-01-11) 11 January 1992 (age 26) 20 0   Real Madrid v.   Croatia, 11 September 2018

MF Koke (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 26) 44 0   Atlético Madrid v.   England, 15 October 2018
MF Thiago (1991-04-11) 11 April 1991 (age 27) 34 2   Bayern Munich v.   England, 15 October 2018

FW Paco Alcácer (1993-08-30) 30 August 1993 (age 25) 15 9   Borussia Dortmund v.   England, 15 October 2018

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player retired from the national team.
SUS Player is serving suspension.
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Previous squadsEdit

RecordsEdit

Iker Casillas holds the record for most appearances for the Spanish team with 167 since 2000. He is one of thirteen Spanish players to have reached 100 caps. Sergio Ramos has played for Spain 161 times since his debut in 2005 and is the second most capped player. Xavi is third, having played 133 times between 2000 and 2014.[43]

David Villa holds the title of Spain's highest goalscorer, scoring 59 goals since 2005, during which time he played for Spain on 98 occasions. Raúl González is the second highest goalscorer, scoring 44 goals in 102 appearances between 1996 and 2006. Fernando Torres is the third highest goalscorer with 38 goals in 110 appearances since 2003.

Between November 2006 and June 2009, Spain went undefeated for a record-equaling 35 consecutive matches before their loss to the United States in the Confederations Cup, a record shared with Brazil, and included a record 15-game winning streak. In the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Spain became the first European national team to lift the World Cup trophy outside Europe; along with Brazil, Germany and Argentina, Spain is one of the four national teams to have won the FIFA World Cup outside its home continent.

Most capped playersEdit

 
Iker Casillas is the most capped player in the history of Spain with 167 caps

Below is a list of the ten players with the most caps for Spain, as of 15 November 2018.[2][44] Players in bold are still active at international level for the national team.

# Player Period Caps Goals
1 Iker Casillas 2000– 167 0
2 Sergio Ramos 2005– 161 17
3 Xavi 2000–2014 133 13
4 Andrés Iniesta 2006–2018 131 13
5 Andoni Zubizarreta 1985–1998 126 0
6 David Silva 2006–2018 125 35
7 Xabi Alonso 2003–2014 114 16
8 Sergio Busquets 2009– 111 2
9 Cesc Fàbregas 2006– 110 15
Fernando Torres 2003– 110 38

Top goalscorersEdit

 
David Villa is the top scorer in the history of Spain with 59 goals

Below is a list of the top ten goalscorers for Spain, as of 15 November 2018.[45][46]

# Player Period Goals Caps Average
1 David Villa (list) 2005– 59 98 0.60
2 Raúl (list) 1996–2006 44 102 0.43
3 Fernando Torres (list) 2003– 38 110 0.35
4 David Silva 2006–2018 35 125 0.28
5 Fernando Hierro 1989–2002 29 89 0.33
6 Fernando Morientes 1998–2007 27 47 0.57
7 Emilio Butragueño 1984–1992 26 69 0.38
8 Alfredo Di Stefano 1957–1961 23 31 0.74
9 Julio Salinas 1986–1996 22 56 0.39
10 Míchel 1985–1992 21 66 0.32

Results and fixturesEdit

For all past match results of the national team, see single-season articles and the team's results page

The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the current or upcoming seasons.[47]

2018Edit

Competitive recordEdit

For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page.

FIFA World CupEdit

     Champions       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup finals record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934 Quarter-finals 5th 3 1 1 1 4 3 2 2 0 0 11 1
  1938 Withdrew Withdrew
  1950 Fourth place 4th 6 3 1 2 10 12 2 1 1 0 7 3
  1954 Did not qualify 3 1 1 1 6 3
  1958 4 2 1 1 12 8
  1962 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 2 3 4 3 1 0 7 4
  1966 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 4 5 3 2 0 1 5 2
  1970 Did not qualify 6 2 2 2 10 6
  1974 5 2 2 1 8 5
  1978 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 2 2 4 3 0 1 4 1
  1982 Round 2 12th 5 1 2 2 4 5 Qualified as host
  1986 Quarter-finals 7th 5 3 1 1 11 4 6 4 0 2 9 8
  1990 Round of 16 10th 4 2 1 1 6 4 8 6 1 1 20 3
  1994 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 2 1 10 6 12 8 3 1 27 4
  1998 Group stage 17th 3 1 1 1 8 4 10 8 2 0 26 6
    2002 Quarter-finals 5th 5 3 2 0 10 5 8 6 2 0 21 4
  2006 Round of 16 9th 4 3 0 1 9 4 12 6 6 0 25 5
  2010 Champions 1st 7 6 0 1 8 2 10 10 0 0 28 5
  2014 Group stage 23rd 3 1 0 2 4 7 8 6 2 0 14 3
  2018 Round of 16 10th 4 1 3 0 7 6 10 9 1 0 36 3
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 1 Title 15/23 63 30 15 18 99 72 117 81 25 11 276 74
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
  1992 UEFA did not participate
  1995 Did not qualify
  1997
  1999
    2001
  2003
  2005
  2009 Third place 3rd 5 4 0 1 11 4 Squad
  2013 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 15 4 Squad
  2017 Did not qualify
2021 To be determined
Total Runners-up 2/10 10 7 1 2 26 8

UEFA European ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
  1960 Did not qualify [b] 2 2 0 0 7 2
  1964 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 4 2 6 4 1 1 16 5
  1968 Did not qualify 8 3 2 3 7 5
  1972 6 3 2 1 14 3
  1976 8 3 4 1 11 9
  1980 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 4 6 4 1 1 13 5
  1984 Runners-up 2nd 5 1 3 1 4 5 8 6 1 1 24 8
  1988 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 3 5 6 5 0 1 14 8
  1992 Did not qualify 7 3 0 4 17 12
  1996 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 3 0 4 3 10 8 2 0 25 4
    2000 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 0 2 7 7 8 7 0 1 42 5
  2004 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 2 2 10 7 2 1 21 5
    2008 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 12 3 12 9 1 2 23 8
    2012 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 12 1 8 8 0 0 26 6
  2016 Round of 16 10th 4 2 0 2 5 4 10 9 0 1 23 3
  2020 To be determined To be determined
  2024 To be determined To be determined
Total 3 Titles 10/15 40 19 11 10 55 36 118 84 16 18 295 89

UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA P/R
2018–19 A Group Stage 2nd 4 2 0 2 12 7  
2020–21 A To be determined
Total 0 Titles 7th 4 2 0 2 12 7 -

Summer OlympicsEdit

Summer Olympics record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1920 Silver medalists 2nd 5 4 0 1 9 5
  1924 Round 1 17th 1 0 0 1 0 1
  1928 Quarter-finals 6th 3 1 1 1 9 9
  1936 Withdrew
  1948 Did not qualify
  1952
  1956
  1960
  1964
19681988 See Spain national amateur football team
Since 1992 See Spain national under-23 football team
Total 1 Silver Medal 3/9 9 5 1 3 18 15
  • Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Mediterranean GamesEdit

Mediterranean Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1951 Did not qualify
19551967 See Spain national amateur football team
  1971 Did not enter
  1975
  1979
  1983
  1987
Since 1991 See Spain national under-23 football team or Spain national under-20 football team
or Spain national under-18 football team

Source:[48]

HonoursEdit

This is a list of honours for the senior Spain national team
Competition       Total
World Cup 1 0 0 1
Olympic Games 1 2 0 3
European Championship 3 1 0 4
Confederations Cup 0 1 1 2
Total 5 4 1 10

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Spanish pronunciation:
    Selección española de fútbol [seleɣˈθjon esˈpaɲola de ˈfuðβol]
    La Roja [la ˈroxa]
    La Furia Roja [la ˈfuɾja ˈroxa]
  2. ^ Spain refused to travel to the Soviet Union for their qualification quarter-final, so Spain were disqualified and the Soviet Union were awarded a walkover victory.

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