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Spain team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.48CET
After decades of underachievement following a UEFA European Championship triumph on home soil in 1964, Spain have become world football's dominant force.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.48CET

Spain team profile

After decades of underachievement following a UEFA European Championship triumph on home soil in 1964, Spain have become world football's dominant force.

Best result: winners 1964, 2008, 2012
Coach: Vicente del Bosque
Leading scorer: 
all-time – David Villa (56); current –  David Villa (56)
Most appearances: all-time – Iker Casillas (152); current – Iker Casillas (152)
Association formed: 1909
Nickname: La Roja (the Reds)
Where they play: Various

After decades of underachievement following a UEFA European Championship triumph on home soil in 1964, Spain have become world football's dominant force. UEFA EURO 2008, which they won with a 1-0 final victory over Germany, was followed by a first FIFA World Cup win two years later, in South Africa, Vicente del Bosque's side becoming the first European nation to lift the trophy outside their own continent. Further history was made at UEFA EURO 2012 as Spain became the first team to retain the European title after overwhelming Italy 4-0 in Kyiv.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P141 W89 D27 L25 F310 A115
Final tournament: P36 W17 D11 L8 F50 A32
Qualifying: P105 W72 D16 L17 F260 A83

Spain's long wait for silverware ended in Vienna in 2008 as Luis Aragonés's side defeated Germany to win a competition they had taken by storm. Fernando Torres provided the decisive blow and four years later became the first player to score in two EURO finals as Spain, now under Del Bosque, successfully defended their title. They had become only the fifth team to complete a EURO qualifying campaign with a perfect record and crowned another memorable campaign with a record final win against Italy thanks to goals from David Silva, Jordi Alba, Torres and Juan Mata.

Prior to 2008 Spain had only once even reached the semi-finals – finishing runners-up in 1984 – since claiming their first major prize on home soil in Madrid in 1964. They won that year's final 2-1 against the Soviet Union at the Santiago Bernabéu. Marcelino Martínez headed a memorable winner six minutes from time after Galimzian Khusainov had quickly cancelled out Jesús María Pereda's sixth-minute opener.

Memorable EURO matches
01/07/2012: Spain 4-0 Italy, UEFA EURO 2012 final

La Roja answered their critics in style, a record final win completing the first successful trophy defence.

29/06/2008: Spain 1-0 Germany, UEFA EURO 2008 final
Torres' strike was enough in Vienna as Spain's 44-year wait for silverware came to an end.

21/06/1964: Spain 2-1 Soviet Union, 1964 UEFA European Championship final
Suárez inspired a Spain team largely shorn of stars to victory over the holders.

Did you know?
Spain are unbeaten in UEFA EURO and World Cup qualifying fixtures since a 2-0 loss in Sweden on 7 October 2006 – a run of 35 games with 32 wins and three draws. Their last home competitive defeat was in October 1991 against France in Seville.

*Last updated on 07/01/14

Last updated: 20/02/14 15.34CET

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Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 31/03/2015 22:46 CET
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) – Stadium: Boris Paichadze Erovnuli Stadioni Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
03/30/2015 15:47:26
Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL) – Stadium: Dinamo Stadion, Minsk (BLR)
03/31/2015 15:27:12
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) – Stadium: Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid (ESP)
04/18/2013 09:19:11
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU) – Stadium: El Molinón, Gijon (ESP)
05/28/2013 11:07:20
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) – Stadium: Stade de France, Paris (FRA)
05/28/2013 11:06:50
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) – Stadium: Olympic Stadium, Helsinki (FIN)
09/11/2013 07:00:25
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED) – Stadium: Ono Estadi - Son Moix, Palma de Mallorca (ESP)
12/16/2013 13:36:38
Referee: Florian Meyer (GER) – Stadium: Carlos Belmonte, Albacete (ESP)
12/16/2013 12:34:53
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) – Stadium: Mangabeira, Salvador De Bahia (BRA)
06/17/2014 08:19:01
Referee: Mark Geiger (USA) – Stadium: Maracana, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
06/19/2014 01:33:11
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR) – Stadium: Arena da Baixada, Curitiba (BRA)
06/24/2014 02:21:50
4 September 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available
03/26/2015 23:09:45
8 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Spain5-1FYR Macedonia
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE) – Stadium: Estadi Ciutat de València, Valencia (ESP)
03/26/2015 23:02:00
9 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) – Stadium: Štadión MŠK Žilina, Zilina (SVK)
03/31/2015 14:41:44
12 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL) – Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
03/26/2015 23:02:07
15 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN) – Stadium: Estadio Nuevo Colombino, Huelva (ESP)
03/26/2015 23:02:10
18 November 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available – Stadium: Balaídos, Vigo (ESP)
03/26/2015 23:09:44
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) – Stadium: Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville (ESP)
03/30/2015 14:48:23
31 March 2015 - Friendlies 2014-16 (Group A)
Netherlands - Spain
Referee: TBD
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Borisov Arena, Borisov (BLR)
03/31/2015 15:26:46
5 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: TBD
03/26/2015 23:02:19
8 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
FYR MacedoniaSpain
Referee: TBD
03/26/2015 23:02:20
9 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: TBD
03/26/2015 23:02:20
12 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: TBD
03/26/2015 23:02:01

General info

  • Founded : 1909
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Trophy cabinet

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    21/12/1983, Spain 12-1 Malta, Seville
  • Biggest defeat:
    20/02/1991, France 3-1 Spain, Paris
    29/04/1987, Romania 3-1 Spain, Bucharest
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 15
  • Player with most appearances: 45
    Iker Casillas (ESP)
  • Top scorers: 19
    Raúl González (ESP)
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