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Spain
Iker Casillas lifts the Henri Delaunay Cup after winning against Germany in 2008 ©Getty Images

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 losses. Their last home competitive defeat was in October 1991 against France in Seville.

*Last updated on 07/01/14

Last updated: 28/01/14 19.31CET

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Trophy cabinet

Club 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: 42
    Iker Casillas (ESP)
  • Top scorers: 19
    Raúl González (ESP)
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