|Nickname(s)||La Roja (The Red One)|
La Furia Roja (The Red Fury)
|Association||Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF)|
|Head coach||Robert Moreno|
|Most caps||Sergio Ramos (168)|
|Top scorer||David Villa (59)|
|Current|| 8 |
|Highest||1 (July 2008 – June 2009, October 2009 – March 2010, July 2010 – July 2011, October 2011 – July 2014)|
|Lowest||25 (March 1998)|
|Current|| 5 |
|Highest||1 (September 1920 – May 1924, September – December 1925, June 2008 – June 2009, July 2010 – June 2013)|
|Lowest||19 (June–October 1969, November 1991)|
(Brussels, Belgium; 28 August 1920)
(Madrid, Spain; 25 May 1930)
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 4 June 1928)
(London, England; 9 December 1931)
|Appearances||15 (first in 1934 )|
|Best result||Champions (2010)|
|Appearances||11 (first in 1964 )|
|Best result||Champions (1964, 2008, 2012)|
|Appearances||2 (first in 2009 )|
|Best result||Runners-up, 2013|
The Spain national football team (Spanish: Selección Española de Fútbol) has represented Spain in international men's football competition since 1920. It is governed by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Spain.
Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a European country located in Southwestern Europe with some pockets of Spanish territory across the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. Its continental European territory is situated on the Iberian Peninsula. Its territory also includes two archipelagoes: the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The African enclaves of Ceuta, Melilla, and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera make Spain the only European country to have a physical border with an African country (Morocco). Several small islands in the Alboran Sea are also part of Spanish territory. The country's mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar; to the north and northeast by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.
The Royal Spanish Football Federation is the governing body of football in Spain. It is based in La Ciudad del Fútbol of Las Rozas, a municipality near Madrid. It was founded on 14 October 1909 as Federación Española de Clubs de Football, and officially founded on 29 September 1913.
Spain are 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 has also won three continental titles, having appeared at 10 of 15 UEFA European Championships.
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The UEFA European Football Championship is the primary association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), determining the continental champion of Europe. Held every four years since 1960, in the even-numbered year between World Cup tournaments, it was originally called the European Nations' Cup, changing to the current name in 1968. Starting with the 1996 tournament, specific championships are often referred to in the form "UEFA Euro [year]"; this format has since been retroactively applied to earlier tournaments.
Spain became the first European team to win a FIFA World Cup outside of 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 consecutive major titles. Because of this, from 2008 to 2013, the national team won the FIFA Team of the Year, the second-most of any nation, behind only Brazil.Also between November 2006 and June 2009, Spain went undefeated for a record-equalling 35 consecutive matches, a record shared with Brazil. Their achievements have led many experts and commentators to consider the 2008–2012 Spanish squads, among the best ever international sides in world football.
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The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2008 or simply Euro 2008, was the 13th UEFA European Football Championship, a quadrennial football tournament contested by European nations. It took place in Austria and Switzerland from 7 to 29 June 2008.
The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2012 or simply Euro 2012, was the 14th European Championship for men's national football teams organised by UEFA. The final tournament, held between 8 June and 1 July 2012, was co-hosted for the first time by Poland and Ukraine, and was won by Spain, who beat Italy 4–0 in the final at the Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine.
Spain has been a member of FIFA since FIFA's 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 medallists 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.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. 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. Until 2010, this had been Spain's highest finish in a FIFA World Cup finals, which had given them the name of the "underachievers".
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The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is a football stadium in Madrid, Spain. With a current seating capacity of 81,044, it has been the home stadium of Real Madrid since its completion in 1947. It is the 2nd-largest stadium in Spain and the largest in the Community of Madrid.
The 1982 FIFA World Cup was the 12th FIFA World Cup, played in Spain between 13 June and 11 July 1982. The tournament was won by Italy, who defeated West Germany 3–1 in the final match, held in the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Spanish capital of Madrid. It was Italy's third World Cup title, but their first since 1938. The defending champions, Argentina, were eliminated in the second group round. Algeria, Cameroon, Honduras, Kuwait and New Zealand made their first appearances in the finals.
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.In the final, Spain defeated Germany 1–0, with Fernando Torres scoring the only goal of the game. This was Spain's first major title since the 1964 European Championship. Xavi was awarded the player of the tournament. 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.
Group D of UEFA Euro 2008 is one of four groups of competing nations at UEFA Euro 2008. The first round of matches were played on 10 June, with the final round scheduled for 18 June. All six group matches were played at venues in Austria, in Innsbruck and Salzburg. The group is composed of UEFA Euro 2004 winners and reigning Champions Greece, as well as Sweden, Spain and Russia. Greece, Spain and Russia had all been drawn together in the same group in the previous European Championship.
The Russia national football team represents Russia in international football and is controlled by the Russian Football Union, the governing body for football in Russia. Russia's home ground is the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and their current head coach is Stanislav Cherchesov.
The UEFA Euro 2008 Final was a football match that took place on 29 June 2008 at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna, Austria, to determine the winner of the UEFA Euro 2008. Spain defeated Germany 1–0 with a 33rd-minute goal from Fernando Torres. This was only the second time in European Championship history that the champions had won every match in the group stage; the other team to do so was France in 1984. Spain were also the first team since Germany in 1996 to win the tournament undefeated. Despite the one-goal margin of victory, it was a fairly dominant performance by Spain.
Two years later, however, they were eliminated from the group stage of the 2014 World Cup.At Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, the side reached the last 16.
Spanish team is commonly known by fans as "La Furia Roja", meaning the Red Fury in Spanish.However, there are another unofficial nicknames to refer to the national team of Spain.
The other most common nickname, known by fans, is "Los Toros" (Fighting Bulls), since Spanish Fighting Bull is one of Spain's famous national treasures and often used to define Spanish culture, and also often depicted by Spanish supporters alike.Spanish football team is sometimes also referred as the Bulls due to this cultural heritage.
Spanish team also received other nicknames, mostly "Toreros" or "Matador", both meanings are Bullfighters in Spanish, to describe its passionate and romantic style of football playing.
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.
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", – the team is always in possession, so doesn't need to switch between defending and attacking. Commentators have contrasted tiki-taka with "Route One physicality" 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. Tiki-taka is associated with flair, creativity, and touch, but can also be taken to a "slow, directionless extreme" that sacrifices effectiveness for aesthetics.a "short passing style in which the ball is worked carefully through various channels", and a "nonsensical phrase that has come to mean short passing, patience and possession above all else". The style involves roaming movement and positional interchange amongst midfielders, moving the ball in intricate patterns, and sharp, one or two-touch passing. Tiki-taka is "both defensive and offensive in equal measure"
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.
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.
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.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.
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".
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).
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Spain's kit is traditionally 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.
|1991–present||2019–2026 (8 years)||Undisclosed||The previous Adidas Spain deal was due at the end of 2018 and worth a reported €24m a year.|
It's expected that the new Spain kit deal will be worth more than that.
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), Seville (Pizjuán and Villamarín), Valencia (Mestalla and Orriols) 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.
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,Los Cármenes in Granada, El Molinón in Gijón, and the Rico Pérez in Alicante.
Spain's UEFA European Qualifiers and UEFA Nations League matches, and all friendly games from 2018 until 2022, will be televised nationwide by La 1, flagship television channel of the public broadcaster TVE.
The following players were called up to the Spain squad for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying fixtures against Malta and Romania on 15 and 18 November 2019 respectively.
Caps and goals correct as of:15 October 2019, after the match against Sweden.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||David de Gea||7 November 1990||41||0|
|13||GK||Kepa Arrizabalaga||3 October 1994||9||0|
|23||GK||Pau López||13 December 1994||1||0|
|15||DF||Sergio Ramos (Captain)||30 March 1986||168||21|
|3||DF||Raúl Albiol||4 September 1985||54||0|
|22||DF||Jesús Navas||21 November 1985||41||4|
|2||DF||Dani Carvajal||11 January 1992||23||0|
|14||DF||Juan Bernat||1 March 1993||10||1|
|4||DF||Iñigo Martínez||17 May 1991||10||0|
|DF||José Luis Gayà||25 May 1995||6||1|
|DF||Pau Torres||16 January 1997||0||0|
|5||MF||Sergio Busquets (Vice-captain)||16 July 1988||115||2|
|20||MF||Santi Cazorla||13 December 1984||79||14|
|10||MF||Thiago||11 April 1991||36||2|
|8||MF||Saúl||21 November 1994||18||3|
|16||MF||Rodri||22 June 1996||10||0|
|17||MF||Fabián||3 April 1996||5||0|
|MF||Pablo Sarabia||11 May 1992||2||0|
|MF||Dani Olmo||7 May 1998||0||0|
|FW||Álvaro Morata||23 October 1992||31||16|
|FW||Paco Alcácer||30 August 1993||17||12|
|21||FW||Mikel Oyarzabal||21 April 1997||6||1|
|9||FW||Gerard Moreno||7 April 1992||1||0|
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||Diego Llorente||16 August 1993||5||0||v. |
|DF||Sergio Reguilón||16 December 1996||0||0||v. |
|DF||Jordi Alba||21 March 1989||70||8||v. |
|DF||Mario Hermoso||18 June 1995||5||0||v. |
|DF||Unai Núñez||30 January 1997||1||0||v. |
|DF||Sergi Gómez||28 March 1992||0||0||v. |
|MF||Dani Ceballos||7 August 1996||9||1||v. |
|MF||Luis Alberto||28 September 1992||1||0||v. |
|MF||Suso||19 November 1993||5||0||v. |
|MF||Dani Parejo||16 April 1989||4||0||v. |
|MF||Isco||21 April 1992||38||12||v. |
|MF||Sergi Roberto||7 February 1992||7||1||v. |
|MF||Sergio Canales||16 February 1991||2||0||v. |
|FW||Rodrigo INJ||6 March 1991||22||8||v. |
|FW||Adama Traoré INJ||25 January 1996||0||0||v. |
|FW||Marco Asensio||21 January 1996||24||1||v. |
|FW||Iago Aspas||1 August 1987||18||6||v. |
|FW||Iker Muniain||19 December 1992||2||0||v. |
|FW||Jaime Mata||24 October 1988||1||0||v. |
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
Last update was on 25 October 2018. Source:
Best Ranking Worst Mover Best MoverWorst Ranking
|Spain's FIFA world rankings|
|-||2019||(to be determined)|
Sergio Ramos holds the record for most appearances for the Spanish team with 168 since his debut in 2005. In second place is Iker Casillas with 167, followed by Xavi with 133.
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.
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 inaugural 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.
Below is a list of the ten players with the most caps for Spain, as of 12 October 2019 [update] . Players in bold are still active at international level for the national team.
Below is a list of the top ten goalscorers for Spain, as of 12 October 2019 [update] .
|1||David Villa (list)||2005–2017||59||98||0.60|
|3||Fernando Torres (list)||2003–2014||38||110||0.35|
|8||Alfredo Di Stefano||1957–1961||23||31||0.74|
|Sergio Ramos (list)||2005–||21||168||0.12|
The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the current or upcoming seasons.
|15 November 2018–19 UEFA Nations League|| Croatia ||3–2||Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb|
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
|23 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification|| Spain ||2–1||Mestalla, Valencia|
|20:45 (UTC+1)||Report||Referee: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)|
|26 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification|| Malta ||0–2||National Stadium, Ta' Qali|
|Report||Referee: Andrew Dallas (Scotland)|
|7 June 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification|| Faroe Islands ||1–4||Tórshavn, Faroe Islands|
|20:45 (19:45 UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Tórsvøllur |
Referee: Enea Jorgji (Albania)
|10 June 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification|| Spain ||3–0||Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid|
|20:45||Report||Referee: William Collum (Scotland)|
|5 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification|| Romania ||1–2||Bucharest, Romania|
|20:45 (21:45 UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Arena Națională |
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany)
|8 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification|| Spain ||4–0||Gijón, Spain|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: El Molinón |
Referee: Krzysztof Jakubik (Poland)
|12 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification|| Norway ||1–1||Oslo, Norway|
|20:45 (19:45 UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion |
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
|15 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification|| Sweden ||1–1||Solna, Sweden|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Friends Arena |
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
Runners-up Third place Fourth placeChampions
|FIFA World Cup finals record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|Did not enter||Did not enter|
|Did not qualify||3||1||1||1||6||3|
|Did not qualify||6||2||2||2||10||6|
|Round 2||12th||5||1||2||2||4||5||Qualified as host|
|Round of 16||10th||4||2||1||1||6||4||8||6||1||1||20||3|
|Round of 16||9th||4||3||0||1||9||4||12||6||6||0||25||5|
|Round of 16||10th||4||1||3||0||7||6||10||9||1||0||36||3|
|To be determined||To be determined|
|Spain's World Cup record|
(27 May 1934; Genoa, Italy)
(24 June 1998; Lens, France)
(13 July 1950; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
|Best Result||Champions at the 2010 FIFA World Cup|
|Worst Result||Group stage in 1962, 1966, 1978, 1998 and 2014|
|UEFA European Championship record||Qualification record|
|Did not qualify||2||2||0||0||7||2|
|Did not qualify||8||3||2||3||7||5|
|Did not qualify||7||3||0||4||17||12|
|Round of 16||10th||4||2||0||2||5||4||10||9||0||1||23||3|
|To be determined||To be determined|
|Spain's European Championship record|
(Madrid, Spain; 17 June 1964)
(Gdańsk, Poland; 14 June 2012)
(Kiev, Ukraine; 1 July 2012)
(Paris, France; 27 June 1984)
(Munich, West Germany; 17 June 1988)
(Saint-Denis, France; 27 June 2016)
|Best Result||Champions in 1964, 2008, and 2012|
|Worst Result||Group stage in 1980, 1988 and 2004|
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2020–21||A||To be determined|
|Spain's Nations League record|
(London, England; 8 September 2018)
(Elche, Spain; 11 September 2018)
(Seville, Spain; 15 October 2018)
(Zagreb, Croatia; 15 November 2018)
|Best Result||7th place in 2018–19|
|Worst Result||7th place in 2018–19|
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|UEFA did not participate|
|Did not qualify|
|Did not qualify|
|Spain's Confederations Cup record|
(Rustenburg, South Africa; 14 June 2009)
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 20 June 2013)
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 30 June 2013)
|Best Result||Runners-up in 2013|
|Worst Result||Third place in 2009|
|Olympic Games record|
|Did not qualify|
|1968–1988||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|
|Mediterranean Games record|
|Did not qualify|
|1955–1967||See Spain national amateur football team|
|Did not enter|
|Since 1991||See Spain national under-23 football team or Spain national under-20 football team |
or Spain national under-18 football team
The England national football team represents England in senior men's international football and is controlled by The Football Association, the governing body for football in England. It competes in the three major international tournaments; the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Championship and the UEFA Nations League. England, as a country of the United Kingdom, is not a member of the International Olympic Committee and therefore the national team does not compete at the Olympic Games.
The France national football team represents France in international football and is controlled by the French Football Federation, also known as FFF, or in French: Fédération française de football. The team's colours are blue, white and red, and the coq gaulois its symbol. France are colloquially known as Les Bleus. The French side are the reigning World Cup holders, having won the 2018 FIFA World Cup on 15 July 2018.
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The Netherlands women's national football team is directed by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), which is a member of UEFA and FIFA.
The Spain women's national football team represents Spain in international women's football since 1980, and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Spain.
The Netherlands national football team has represented the Netherlands in international football matches since 1905. The national team is controlled by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), which is a part of UEFA, and under the jurisdiction of FIFA the governing body for football in the Netherlands. Most of the Netherlands' home matches are played at the Johan Cruyff Arena and the Stadion Feijenoord. The team is colloquially referred to as Het Nederlands Elftal or Oranje, after the House of Orange-Nassau. Like the country itself, the team is sometimes referred to as Holland. The fan club is known as "Het Oranje Legioen".
Tiki-taka or Tiqui-taca is a Spanish style of play in football characterised by short passing and movement, working the ball through various channels, and maintaining possession. The style is primarily associated with La Liga club Barcelona, especially during the era of manager Pep Guardiola; however, Guardiola distanced himself from the style stating his view that "I loathe all that passing for the sake of it". Its development and influence goes back to Johan Cruyff's tenure as manager in the early 1990s all the way to the present. Tiki-taka methods were eventually embraced by the Spain national team by the managers Luis Aragonés and Vicente del Bosque. Tiki-taka moves away from the traditional thinking of formations in football to a concept derived from zonal play.
The history of the Spain national football team dates back to the team's formation and first ever international match in 1920. The Spain national football team has experienced a number of successes, most notably their victory at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The Portugal–Spain football rivalry is one of the oldest football rivalries at a national level. It began on 18 December 1921, when Portugal lost 3-1 to Spain at Madrid in their first ever international friendly game. Portugal lost their first matches, with their first draw (2–2) only coming in 1926. Portugal's first win came much later (4–1) in 1947.
The Italy–Spain football rivalry, sometimes referred to as the Mediterranean derby, is a football rivalry between the national football teams of Italy and Spain, the two countries having achieved five FIFA World Cups between them. They have played against each other three times in the World Cup and six times in the UEFA European Championship. Most notably, the two met at the UEFA Euro 2012 Final, which Spain won 4–0. They have also met at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.
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