The Spain national football team represents Spain in the men’s International Football Association. The current head coach is Julen Lopetegui, whom has been coach ever since Vicente del Bosque stepped down in 2016. Since the team’s debut back in 1920, they have participated in a total of 14 out of 20 FIFA World Cups. Spain is one of eight national teams to have been crowned FIFA World Cup champs when they won the 2010 tournament in South Africa, as well as winning back to back European titles in 2008 and 2012. Having won these titles makes them the only national team thus far to win three consecutive wins of the World Cup. From 2008 to 2013, Spain won FIFA Team of the Year award, and between 2006 and 2009, they were undefeated for 35 whole consecutive matches before they lost to the United States. The team’s achievements are almost unmatched and have led to many opinions as to whether the team is the best ever in football, international wise.
Spain’s Team History
Spain became a member of FIFA in the early 1900’s even though the Spanish Football Federation wasn’t established until 1909. Spain made their first appearance in an Olympic tournament in 1920 against Denmark, and they managed to win. Spain qualified for their first FIFA World Cup in 1934, playing against Brazil in their first game and then losing to the hosts, Italy, in the quarter finals. Because of the Spanish Civil War and World War II, Spain was unable to play any competitive matches between the 1934 World Cup and the 1950 edition’s qualifiers. At the 1950 finals in Brazil, they managed to make it to the final round and then finished fourth place. Until 2010, that had been Spain’s highest finish in a FIFA World Cup finals, where they earned the name of the “underachievers.”
Spain took home their first major international title when they hosted the 1964 European Championship that was held in Spain, where they defeated the Soviet Union. That victory stood as Spain’s lone major title for 44 whole years. Spain was selected as host for the 1982 FIFA World Cup, where they reached the second round, and four years afterwards, they reached the quarter finals.
Fast forward to UEFA Euro 2008, where Spain won all of their games in Group D, and was their first major title since 1964 European Championship. In the 2010, World Cup, Spain was able to advance to the finals for the first time ever when they beat Germany. In the match against the Netherlands, Spain became the third team to win a World Cup outside their own continent and the first European team to do so. Spain qualified top of Group I in qualification for UEFA Euro 2012 with a perfect record. They became the first team to take home the European Championship when they won the finals against Italy. However, in the 2014 and 2016 World Cup, Spain were eliminated early. That hasn’t affected the team any, as they are competing in this year’s 2018 World Cup in Russia.
All About the Team
Spain’s traditional kit includes a red and yellow jersey, dark blue shorts and red sock, while their away kit is all white. Instead of displaying the logo of the Spanish football federation, Spain’s jersey traditionally features the coat of arms of Spain on the front left side. After Spain’s defeat in the 2010 World Cup, the World Cup winners badge was added to the right side of the jersey and a gold star at the top of the Spanish coat of arms.
Spain’s style of play would be tiki-taka, which is based on making your way to the back of the net through short passing and movement. The style involves wandering movement and positional interchange among midfielders, moving the ball in distinct patterns, and sharp one or two-touch passing. Tiki-taka is both defensive and offensive in equal measure and has been successfully incorporated into Spain’s plays over the years.
Spain doesn’t have a designated national stadium, so major qualifying matches are usually played at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, the Mestalla in Valencia, as well as the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in Seville.
Why you should follow Spain to Russia 2018
This year’s FIFA World Cup is taking place in Russia and Spain has recently announced their squad. Four years ago, Spain arrived at the World Cup in Brazil after previously winning three major international trophies. Even though Spain found many of their top sportsmans in the squad for the Euros in 2016, the team still came up short and lost to Italy. Since all of this, Spain has taken on a new coach who hasn’t strayed too far from the template that has brought Spain so much success over the past decade. There’s much speculation over Spain’s World Cup hopes this year. It will be no surprise if they come out on top as champs in the tournament.