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Spain national football team

The Spain national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de España)[a] represents Spain in men's International association football and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Spain. The current head coach is Julen Lopetegui after Vicente del Bosque stepped down following Euro 2016.[5] The Spanish side is commonly referred to as La Roja ("The Red [One]"), La Furia Roja ("The Red Fury"), La Furia Española ("The Spanish Fury") or simply La Furia ("The Fury").[6][7] Spain became a member of FIFA in 1904 even though the Spanish Football Federation was first established in 1909. Spain's national team debuted in 1920. Since then, the Spanish national team has participated in a total of 14 of 20 FIFA World Cups and 10 of 15 UEFA European Championships.

Spain
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)
  • La Furia Roja (The Red Fury)[1][2]
  • La Furia (The Fury)
  • La Roja (The Red [One])
Association Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Julen Lopetegui
Captain Sergio Ramos
Most caps Iker Casillas (167)[3]
Top scorer David Villa (59)
FIFA code ESP
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 6 Increase 2 (23 November 2017)
Highest 1 (July 2008 – June 2009, October 2009 – March 2010, July 2010 – July 2011, October 2011 – July 2014)
Lowest 25 (March 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 3 (15 November 2017)
Highest 1 (September 1920 – May 1924, September – December 1925, June 2008 – June 2009, July 2010 – June 2013)
Lowest 20 (June 1969, June 1981, 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
Appearances 15 (first in 1934)
Best result Champions, 2010
European Championship
Appearances 10 (first in 1964)
Best result Champions, 1964, 2008 and 2012
Confederations Cup
Appearances 2 (first in 2009)
Best result Runners-up, 2013

Spain are one of eight national teams to have been crowned FIFA World Cup champions, having won the 2010 tournament in South Africa, defeating the Netherlands 1–0 to become the first European team to win the title outside Europe as well as having won back-to-back European titles in Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, defeating Germany and Italy in the respective finals. These three successive titles make them the only national team so far with three consecutive wins of either the applicable continental championship or the World Cup. From 2008 to 2013, a six-year span, the national team won FIFA Team of the Year, the second-most of any nation, behind only Brazil.[8] Between November 2006 and June 2009, Spain went undefeated for a record-equalling 35 consecutive matches before their upset loss to the United States, a record shared with Brazil.[9] The team's achievements have led many commentators, experts and former players to consider the 2010 and 2012 Spanish sides among the best ever international sides in world football.[10][11][12][13][14]

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HistoryEdit

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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] Until 2010, this had been Spain's highest finish in a FIFA World Cup finals, which had given them the name of the "underachievers".[18][19]

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.[20] 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.[21]

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 he foul was not noticed nor sanctioned by referee Sándor Puhl. Had the official acknowledged the foul, Spain would have merited a penalty kick.[22] 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 called back for alleged infractions during regular and extra time.[23]

 
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.[24] In the final, Spain defeated Germany 1–0, with Fernando Torres scoring the only goal of the game.[25] This was Spain's first major title since the 1964 European Championship. Xavi was awarded the player of the tournament.[26] 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. Two years later, however, they were eliminated from the group stage of the 2014 World Cup.[27]

Team imageEdit

ColoursEdit

Spain's traditional kit is a red jersey with yellow trim, dark blue shorts, and red socks while their current away kit is all white. The colour of the socks altered throughout the 1990s from black to the same colour as the blue shorts. Spain's kits have been produced by manufacturers including Adidas (from 1982 until 1984), Le Coq Sportif (from 1984 until 1992) and Adidas once again (since 1992). 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.

 
Spain, champions of the UEFA Euro 2008.
 
Spain, champions of UEFA Euro 2012.
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)[28]

Style of playEdit

Tiki-taka is, above all, a systems approach to football founded upon team unity and a comprehensive understanding in the geometry of space on a football field.[29]

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",[30] a "short passing style in which the ball is worked carefully through various channels",[31] and a "nonsensical phrase that has come to mean short passing, patience and possession above all else".[32] The style involves roaming movement and positional interchange amongst midfielders, moving the ball in intricate patterns,[33] and sharp, one or two-touch passing.[28] 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.[34] Commentators have contrasted tiki-taka with "Route One physicality"[30] 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.[31] Tiki-taka is associated with flair, creativity, and touch,[35] but can also be taken to a "slow, directionless extreme" that sacrifices effectiveness for aesthetics.[32]

Tiki-taka has been used successfully by the Spanish national team to win UEFA Euro 2008, 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012.

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.[32] 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.[36]

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".[34]

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. Other large grounds used include the Mestalla in Valencia. Some international friendlies are played in these larger stadia, as well as the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in Seville. Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain has not hosted an international match with Spain playing since 2004 (held at the Montjuic Olympic Stadium), and the largest stadium in Spain and Europe, the Camp Nou has not hosted an international match with Spain playing since 1987.

Other friendly matches, as well as qualifying fixtures against smaller opponents, are played in provincial stadia. The 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign included matches at El Molinón in Gijón,[37] the Iberostar Stadium in Palma,[38] and the Estadio Carlos Belmonte in Albacete.[39]

 
Spain national team in 2012

Media coverage in SpainEdit

Spain's UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying and 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches, will be televised nationwide by La 1, flagship television channel of the public broadcaster TVE.

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Julen Lopetegui
Assistant coach   Toni Grande
Goalkeeping coach   José Manuel Ochotorena
Trainer   Francisco Javier Miñano Espín

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Costa Rica and Russia on 11 and 14 November 2017.[40]
Caps and goals updated as of 14 November 2017 after the match against Russia.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK David de Gea (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 27) 25 0   Manchester United
13 1GK Kepa Arrizabalaga (1994-10-03) 3 October 1994 (age 23) 1 0   Athletic Bilbao
23 1GK Pepe Reina (1982-08-31) 31 August 1982 (age 35) 36 0   Napoli

2 2DF Álvaro Odriozola (1995-12-14) 14 December 1995 (age 21) 2 0   Real Sociedad
3 2DF Gerard Piqué (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 30) 94 5   Barcelona
4 2DF Marc Bartra (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 26) 13 0   Borussia Dortmund
14 2DF Nacho (1990-01-18) 18 January 1990 (age 27) 14 0   Real Madrid
15 2DF Sergio Ramos (captain) (1986-03-30) 30 March 1986 (age 31) 149 13   Real Madrid
16 2DF Alberto Moreno (1992-07-05) 5 July 1992 (age 25) 4 0   Liverpool
18 2DF Jordi Alba (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 28) 58 8   Barcelona

5 3MF Sergio Busquets (1988-07-16) 16 July 1988 (age 29) 102 2   Barcelona
6 3MF Andrés Iniesta (1984-05-11) 11 May 1984 (age 33) 123 14   Barcelona
8 3MF Saúl (1994-11-21) 21 November 1994 (age 23) 7 0   Atlético Madrid
10 3MF Thiago (1991-04-11) 11 April 1991 (age 26) 25 1   Bayern Munich
12 3MF Luis Alberto (1992-09-28) 28 September 1992 (age 25) 1 0   Lazio
20 3MF Marco Asensio (1996-01-21) 21 January 1996 (age 21) 8 0   Real Madrid
21 3MF David Silva (1986-01-08) 8 January 1986 (age 31) 118 35   Manchester City
24 3MF Suso (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 24) 1 0   Milan
25 3MF Asier Illarramendi (1990-03-08) 8 March 1990 (age 27) 3 1   Real Sociedad

7 4FW Álvaro Morata (1992-10-23) 23 October 1992 (age 25) 23 13   Chelsea
9 4FW José Callejón (1987-02-11) 11 February 1987 (age 30) 5 0   Napoli
11 4FW Vitolo (1989-11-02) 2 November 1989 (age 28) 12 4   Las Palmas
17 4FW Iago Aspas (1987-08-01) 1 August 1987 (age 30) 7 3   Celta Vigo
19 4FW Rodrigo (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 26) 3 1   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
GK Sergio Rico (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 24) 1 0   Sevilla v.   France, 28 March 2017

DF Nacho Monreal (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 31) 21 1   Arsenal v.   Israel, 9 October 2017
DF César Azpilicueta (1989-08-28) 28 August 1989 (age 28) 20 0   Chelsea v.   Israel, 9 October 2017
DF Dani Carvajal (1992-01-11) 11 January 1992 (age 25) 13 0   Real Madrid v.   Albania, 6 October 2017
DF Javi Martínez (1988-09-02) 2 September 1988 (age 29) 18 0   Bayern Munich v.   France, 28 March 2017

MF Isco (1992-04-21) 21 April 1992 (age 25) 25 7   Real Madrid v.   Costa Rica, 11 November 2017 INJ
MF Koke (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 25) 36 0   Atlético Madrid v.   Israel, 9 October 2017
MF Jonathan Viera (1989-10-21) 21 October 1989 (age 28) 1 0   Las Palmas v.   Israel, 9 October 2017
MF Ander Herrera (1989-08-14) 14 August 1989 (age 28) 2 0   Manchester United v.   France, 28 March 2017

FW Pedro (1987-07-28) 28 July 1987 (age 30) 65 17   Chelsea v.   Israel, 9 October 2017
FW Aritz Aduriz (1981-02-11) 11 February 1981 (age 36) 13 2   Athletic Bilbao v.   Israel, 9 October 2017
FW Gerard Deulofeu (1994-03-13) 13 March 1994 (age 23) 4 1   Barcelona v.   Liechtenstein, 5 September 2017
FW Lucas Vázquez (1991-07-01) 1 July 1991 (age 26) 3 0   Real Madrid v.   Liechtenstein, 5 September 2017
FW David Villa (1981-12-03) 3 December 1981 (age 36) 98 59   New York City v.   Italy, 2 September 2017
FW Diego Costa (1988-10-07) 7 October 1988 (age 29) 16 6   Atlético Madrid v.   Macedonia, 11 June 2017

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
SUS Player is serving suspension.

Previous squadsEdit

RecordsEdit

Iker Casillas holds the record for most appearances for the Spanish team with 167 since 2000. He is one of eight Spanish players to have reached 100 caps. Sergio Ramos has played for Spain 148 times since his debut in 2005 and is the second most capped player. Xavi is third, having played 133 times between 2000 and 2014.

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 14 November 2017.[3][41] Players in bold are still active at international level.

# Player Period Caps Goals
1 Iker Casillas 2000– 167 0
2 Sergio Ramos 2005– 149 13
3 Xavi 2000–2014 133 12
4 Andoni Zubizarreta 1985–1998 126 0
5 Andrés Iniesta 2006– 123 14
6 David Silva 2006– 118 35
7 Xabi Alonso 2003–2014 114 16
8 Cesc Fàbregas 2006– 110 15
Fernando Torres 2003– 110 38
10 Raúl 1996–2006 102 44
Sergio Busquets 2009– 102 2

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 14 November 2017.[42][43]

# 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– 35 118 0.30
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.

2017Edit

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
  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 2 0 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 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 (Group of 12) 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 10 5 5 0 19 3
  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 Qualified 10 9 1 0 36 3
  2022 To be determined
Total 1 Title 15/21 59 29 12 18 92 66 115 81 23 11 270 72

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
Total Second place 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
Total 3 Titles 10/15 40 19 11 10 55 36 118 84 16 18 295 89

UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

League A
Year Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Stage
2018–19
Total

Summer OlympicsEdit

Summer Olympics record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
  1920 Runners-up 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
  1968 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 4 2
  1972 Did not qualify
  1976 Group stage 13th 2 0 0 2 1 3
  1980 Group stage 10th 3 0 3 0 2 2
 1984 Did not qualify
  1988
  1992 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 14 2
  1996 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 5 7
  2000 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 12 6
  2004 Did not qualify
  2008
  2012 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 0 2
  2016 Did not qualify
Total 1 Gold Medal 10/21 37 19 7 10 56 39

* Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Since 1968, Spain has sent its amateur national team. Since 1992, Spain has sent its under 23 national team.

Mediterranean GamesEdit

Mediterranean Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
  1951 Did not qualify
  1955 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 1 0 6 2
  1959 Did not qualify
  1963 Third place 3rd 5 3 2 0 15 5
  1967 Third place 3rd 5 2 2 1 7 5
  1971 Did not enter
  1975
  1979
  1983
  1987
  1991
  1993
  1997 Fourth place 4th 4 1 1 2 2 4
  2001 Did not qualify
  2005 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 9 1
  2009 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 9 4
  2013 Did not enter
  2018 Qualified
Total 2 Titles 7/19 25 14 8 3 72 27

Source:[44]

HonoursEdit

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
This is a list of honours for the senior Spanish national team

FIFA World Cup

  • Winners (1): 2010
  • Fourth place (1): 1950

UEFA European Championship

FIFA Confederations Cup

  • Runner-up (1): 2013
  • Third place (1): 2009

Summer Olympics

Other awardsEdit

  • Winners (1): 2010
  • Winners (1): 2011
Unofficial Awards
  • Winners (3): 2008, 2010, 2012
  • Winners (1): 2010
  • Winners (1): 2012
  • Holders (5): 11 June 1961 – 31 May 1962, 12 January 1972 – 2 May 1973, 18 June 1986 – 22 June 1986, 28 March 2001 – 27 March 2002, 11 July 2010 – 7 September 2010

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Spanish pronunciation:
    Selección de fútbol de España [seleɣˈθjon de ˈfuðβol de esˈpaɲa]
    La Roja [la ˈroxa]
    La Furia Roja [la ˈfuɾja ˈroxa]
    La Furia [la ˈfuɾja]
    La Furia Española [la ˈfuɾja espaˈɲola]
  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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