Spain national football team

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Spain
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Nickname(s) La Roja (The Red One)
La Furia Roja (The Red Fury) [1]
Association Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Robert Moreno
Captain Sergio Ramos
Most caps Sergio Ramos (168) [2]
Top scorer David Villa (59)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA code ESP
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 8 Decrease2.svg 1 (24 October 2019) [3]
Highest1 (July 2008 – June 2009, October 2009 – March 2010, July 2010 – July 2011, October 2011 – July 2014)
Lowest25 (March 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 5 Decrease2.svg 1 (18 October 2019) [4]
Highest1 (September 1920 – May 1924, September – December 1925, June 2008 – June 2009, July 2010 – June 2013)
Lowest19 (June–October 1969, November 1991)
First international
Flag of Spain (1785-1873, 1875-1931).svg  Spain 1–0 Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg
(Brussels, Belgium; 28 August 1920)
Biggest win
Flag of Spain (1931-1939).svg  Spain 14–0 Malta  Flag of Malta.svg
(Madrid, Spain; 25 May 1930)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Spain (1785-1873, 1875-1931).svg  Spain 1–7 Italy  Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 4 June 1928)
Flag of England.svg  England 7–1 Spain  Flag of Spain (1931-1939).svg
(London, England; 9 December 1931)
World Cup
Appearances15 (first in 1934 )
Best resultChampions (2010)
European Championship
Appearances11 (first in 1964 )
Best resultChampions (1964, 2008, 2012)
Confederations Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2009 )
Best resultRunners-up, 2013

The Spain national football team (Spanish: Selección Española de Fútbol) [lower-alpha 1] 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 Kingdom in Southwest Europe

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 Team field sport

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.

Royal Spanish Football Federation governing body of association football in Spain

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.

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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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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. [6] Also between November 2006 and June 2009, Spain went undefeated for a record-equalling 35 consecutive matches, a record shared with Brazil. [7] Their achievements have led many experts and commentators to consider the 2008–2012 Spanish squads, among the best ever international sides in world football. [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]

2010 FIFA World Cup 19th FIFA World Cup, held in South Africa in 2010

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UEFA Euro 2008 2008 edition of the UEFA Euro

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.

UEFA Euro 2012 2012 edition of the UEFA Euro

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.

History

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. [13] 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. [14] 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. [15] Until 2010, this had been Spain's highest finish in a FIFA World Cup finals, which had given them the name of the "underachievers". [16] [17]

Football was one of the 154 events at the 1920 Summer Olympics, held in Antwerp, Belgium. It was the fifth time association football was on the Olympic schedule. The tournament was expanded to 14 countries, including a non-European nation (Egypt) by the first time.

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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. [18] 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. [19] Spain reached 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 the foul was not noticed nor sanctioned by referee Sándor Puhl. Had the official acknowledged the foul, Spain would have merited a penalty kick. [20] 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 controversially called back for alleged infractions during regular and extra time. [21]

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Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Real Madrids home ground, stadium in Madrid

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1982 FIFA World Cup 1982 edition of the FIFA World Cup

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.

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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. [22] In the final, Spain defeated Germany 1–0, with Fernando Torres scoring the only goal of the game. [23] This was Spain's first major title since the 1964 European Championship. Xavi was awarded the player of the tournament. [24] 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. [8] 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. [25]

UEFA Euro 2008 Group D

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.

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UEFA Euro 2008 Final final game of the UEFA Euro 2008

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. [26] At Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, the side reached the last 16.

Team image

Nicknames

Spanish team is commonly known by fans as "La Furia Roja", meaning the Red Fury in Spanish. [1] 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. [27] Spanish football team is sometimes also referred as the Bulls due to this cultural heritage. [28]

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. [29]

Style of play

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Spain, UEFA Euro 2008 winners
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Spanish players celebrate winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup
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Spain, UEFA Euro 2012 winners

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. [30]

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", [31] a "short passing style in which the ball is worked carefully through various channels", [32] and a "nonsensical phrase that has come to mean short passing, patience and possession above all else". [33] The style involves roaming movement and positional interchange amongst midfielders, moving the ball in intricate patterns, [34] and sharp, one or two-touch passing. [35] 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. [36] Commentators have contrasted tiki-taka with "Route One physicality" [31] 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. [32] Tiki-taka is associated with flair, creativity, and touch, [37] but can also be taken to a "slow, directionless extreme" that sacrifices effectiveness for aesthetics. [33]

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. [10] [8] [9]

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. [8]

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. [33] 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. [38]

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". [36]

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). [35]

Kits and crest

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.

Kit suppliers

Kit supplierPeriodNotes
None1920–1935
Flag of Spain.svg Deportes Cóndor1935–1966
Flag of England.svg Umbro 1966
Flag of Spain.svg Deportes Cóndor1967–1981
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1981–1983
Flag of France.svg Le Coq Sportif 1983–1991
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas1991–present

Kit deals

Kit supplierPeriodContract
announcement
Contract
duration
ValueNotes
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1991–present
Sep 8, 2015
2019–2026 (8 years)Undisclosed [39] 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.

Home stadium

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. [40]

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, [41] Los Cármenes in Granada, [42] El Molinón in Gijón, [43] and the Rico Pérez in Alicante. [44]

Media coverage

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. [45]

Coaching staff

PositionName
Head coach Flag of Spain.svg Robert Moreno
Assistant coach Flag of Spain.svg Jesús Casas
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Spain.svg José Manuel Ochotorena
Fitness coach Flag of Spain.svg Rafael Pol

Players

Current squad

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. [46]
Caps and goals correct as of:15 October 2019, after the match against Sweden.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK David de Gea (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 29)410 Flag of England.svg Manchester United
131 GK Kepa Arrizabalaga (1994-10-03) 3 October 1994 (age 25)90 Flag of England.svg Chelsea
231 GK Pau López (1994-12-13) 13 December 1994 (age 24)10 Flag of Italy.svg Roma

152 DF Sergio Ramos (Captain) (1986-03-30) 30 March 1986 (age 33)16821 Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
32 DF Raúl Albiol (1985-09-04) 4 September 1985 (age 34)540 Flag of Spain.svg Villarreal
222 DF Jesús Navas (1985-11-21) 21 November 1985 (age 33)414 Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla
22 DF Dani Carvajal (1992-01-11) 11 January 1992 (age 27)230 Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
142 DF Juan Bernat (1993-03-01) 1 March 1993 (age 26)101 Flag of France.svg Paris Saint-Germain
42 DF Iñigo Martínez (1991-05-17) 17 May 1991 (age 28)100 Flag of Spain.svg Athletic Bilbao
2 DF José Luis Gayà (1995-05-25) 25 May 1995 (age 24)61 Flag of Spain.svg Valencia
2 DF Pau Torres (1997-01-16) 16 January 1997 (age 22)00 Flag of Spain.svg Villarreal

53 MF Sergio Busquets (Vice-captain) (1988-07-16) 16 July 1988 (age 31)1152 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
203 MF Santi Cazorla (1984-12-13) 13 December 1984 (age 34)7914 Flag of Spain.svg Villarreal
103 MF Thiago (1991-04-11) 11 April 1991 (age 28)362 Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich
83 MF Saúl (1994-11-21) 21 November 1994 (age 24)183 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid
163 MF Rodri (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 23)100 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
173 MF Fabián (1996-04-03) 3 April 1996 (age 23)50 Flag of Italy.svg Napoli
3 MF Pablo Sarabia (1992-05-11) 11 May 1992 (age 27)20 Flag of France.svg Paris Saint-Germain
3 MF Dani Olmo (1998-05-07) 7 May 1998 (age 21)00 Flag of Croatia.svg Dinamo Zagreb

4 FW Álvaro Morata (1992-10-23) 23 October 1992 (age 27)3116 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid
4 FW Paco Alcácer (1993-08-30) 30 August 1993 (age 26)1712 Flag of Germany.svg Borussia Dortmund
214 FW Mikel Oyarzabal (1997-04-21) 21 April 1997 (age 22)61 Flag of Spain.svg Real Sociedad
94 FW Gerard Moreno (1992-04-07) 7 April 1992 (age 27)10 Flag of Spain.svg Villarreal

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
DF Diego Llorente (1993-08-16) 16 August 1993 (age 26)50 Flag of Spain.svg Real Sociedad v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 15 October 2019
DF Sergio Reguilón (1996-12-16) 16 December 1996 (age 22)00 Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 15 October 2019
DF Jordi Alba (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 30)708 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona v. Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands , 8 September 2019
DF Mario Hermoso (1995-06-18) 18 June 1995 (age 24)50 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid v. Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands , 8 September 2019
DF Unai Núñez (1997-01-30) 30 January 1997 (age 22)10 Flag of Spain.svg Athletic Bilbao v. Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands , 8 September 2019
DF Sergi Gómez (1992-03-28) 28 March 1992 (age 27)00 Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta , 26 March 2019

MF Dani Ceballos (1996-08-07) 7 August 1996 (age 23)91 Flag of England.svg Arsenal v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 15 October 2019
MF Luis Alberto (1992-09-28) 28 September 1992 (age 27)10 Flag of Italy.svg Lazio v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 15 October 2019
MF Suso (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 25)50 Flag of Italy.svg Milan v. Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands , 8 September 2019
MF Dani Parejo (1989-04-16) 16 April 1989 (age 30)40 Flag of Spain.svg Valencia v. Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands , 8 September 2019
MF Isco (1992-04-21) 21 April 1992 (age 27)3812 Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 10 June 2019
MF Sergi Roberto (1992-02-07) 7 February 1992 (age 27)71 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 10 June 2019
MF Sergio Canales (1991-02-16) 16 February 1991 (age 28)20 Flag of Spain.svg Betis v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta , 26 March 2019

FW Rodrigo INJ (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 28)228 Flag of Spain.svg Valencia v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta , 15 November 2019
FW Adama Traoré INJ (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 23)00 Flag of England.svg Wolverhampton v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta , 15 November 2019
FW Marco Asensio (1996-01-21) 21 January 1996 (age 23)241 Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 10 June 2019
FW Iago Aspas (1987-08-01) 1 August 1987 (age 32)186 Flag of Spain.svg Celta Vigo v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 10 June 2019
FW Iker Muniain (1992-12-19) 19 December 1992 (age 26)20 Flag of Spain.svg Athletic Bilbao v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta , 26 March 2019
FW Jaime Mata (1988-10-24) 24 October 1988 (age 31)10 Flag of Spain.svg Getafe v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta , 26 March 2019

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player retired from the national team.
SUS Player is serving suspension.
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Previous squads

Records

FIFA Rankings

Last update was on 25 October 2018. Source: [47] []

    Worst Ranking      Best Ranking      Worst Mover      Best Mover  

Spain's FIFA world rankings
RankYearGames
Played
WonLostDrawnBestWorst
RankMoveRankMove
-2019(to be determined)
92018147526Increase2.svg 210Decrease2.svg 2
62017108206Increase2.svg 311Decrease2.svg 1
102016158433Increase2.svg 111Decrease2.svg 3
3201598013Increase2.svg 512Decrease2.svg 2
    92014127051Increase2.svg 110Decrease2.svg 7
120131612221Increase2.svg 01Decrease2.svg 0
120121613301Increase2.svg 01Decrease2.svg 0
12011129121Increase2.svg 12Decrease2.svg 1
120101713131Increase2.svg 12Decrease2.svg 1
120091615011Increase2.svg 12Decrease2.svg 1
120081615101Increase2.svg 34Decrease2.svg 0
420071210204Increase2.svg 212Decrease2.svg 2
122006148245Increase2.svg 112Decrease2.svg 3
52005128405Increase2.svg 29Decrease2.svg 2
52004137513Increase2.svg 05Decrease2.svg 1
320031118212Increase2.svg 13Decrease2.svg 1
32002137513Increase2.svg 48Decrease2.svg 1
7200197116Increase2.svg 28Decrease2.svg 2
72000147344Increase2.svg 17Decrease2.svg 0
41999108114Increase2.svg 69Decrease2.svg 2
            151998105239Increase2.svg 1625Decrease2.svg 12
11199764202Increase2.svg 411Decrease2.svg 8
81996116504Increase2.svg 210Decrease2.svg 3
4199595402Increase2.svg 46Decrease2.svg 3
21994159422Increase2.svg 49Decrease2.svg 2
5199397115Increase2.svg 714Decrease2.svg 1

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. [48]

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.

Most capped players

Sergio Ramos holds the record for most appearances in the history of Spain with 168 caps Sergio Ramos Euro 2012 vs France 01.jpg
Sergio Ramos holds the record for most appearances in the history of Spain with 168 caps

Below is a list of the ten players with the most caps for Spain, as of 12 October 2019. [2] [49] Players in bold are still active at international level for the national team.

#PlayerPeriodCapsGoals
1 Sergio Ramos 2005–16821
2 Iker Casillas 2000–20161670
3 Xavi 2000–201413313
4 Andrés Iniesta 2006–201813113
5 Andoni Zubizarreta 1985–19981260
6 David Silva 2006–201812535
7 Sergio Busquets 2009–1152
8 Xabi Alonso 2003–201411416
9 Cesc Fàbregas 2006–201611015
Fernando Torres 2003–201411038

Top goalscorers

David Villa is the top scorer in the history of Spain with 59 goals Spain-Tahiti, Confederations Cup 2013 (02) (Villa crop).jpg
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 12 October 2019. [50] [51]

#PlayerPeriodGoalsCapsAverage
1 David Villa (list)2005–201759980.60
2 Raúl (list)1996–2006441020.43
3 Fernando Torres (list)2003–2014381100.35
4 David Silva 2006–2018351250.28
5 Fernando Hierro 1989–200229890.33
6 Fernando Morientes 1998–200727470.57
7 Emilio Butragueño 1984–199226690.38
8 Alfredo Di Stefano 1957–196123310.74
9 Julio Salinas 1986–199622560.39
10 Míchel 1985–199221660.32
Sergio Ramos (list)2005–211680.12

Results and fixtures

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. [52]

2018

2019

Competitive record

For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page.

FIFA World Cup

    Champions      Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup finals record FIFA World Cup qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934 Quarter-finals5th3111432200111
Flag of France.svg 1938 WithdrewWithdrew
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950 Fourth place4th63121012211073
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954 Did not qualify311163
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958 4211128
Flag of Chile.svg 1962 Group stage13th310223431074
Flag of England.svg 1966 Group stage10th310245320152
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Did not qualify6222106
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 522185
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg 1978 Group stage10th311122430141
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 Round 212th512245Qualified as host
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 Quarter-finals7th5311114640298
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 Round of 1610th4211648611203
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Quarter-finals8th522110612831274
Flag of France.svg 1998 Group stage17th31118410820266
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 Quarter-finals5th53201058620214
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 Round of 169th43019412660255
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 Champions 1st760182101000285
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 Group stage23rd3102478620143
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 Round of 1610th41307610910363
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determinedTo be determined
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026
Total1 Title15/2363301518997211781251127674
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
YearResultPositionPldWD*LGFGAPldWD*LGFGA
Flag of France.svg 1960 Did not qualify [lower-alpha 2] 220072
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg 1964 Champions 1st2200426411165
Flag of Italy.svg 1968 Did not qualify832375
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1972 6321143
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg 1976 8341119
Flag of Italy.svg 1980 Group stage7th3012246411135
Flag of France.svg 1984 Runners-up 2nd5131458611248
Flag of Germany.svg 1988 Group stage6th3102356501146
Flag of Sweden.svg 1992 Did not qualify73041712
Flag of England.svg 1996 Quarter-finals6th41304310820254
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg   Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2000 Quarter-finals5th4202778701425
Flag of Portugal.svg 2004 Group stage10th31112210721215
Flag of Austria.svg   Flag of Switzerland.svg 2008 Champions 1st651012312912238
Flag of Poland.svg   Flag of Ukraine.svg 2012 Champions 1st64201218800266
Flag of France.svg 2016 Round of 1610th42025410901233
Flag of Europe.svg 2020 Qualified8620195
Flag of Germany.svg 2024 To be determinedTo be determined
Total3 Titles10/1540191110553612387181830291

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
YearDivisionRoundPosPldWDLGFGAP/R
2018–19 A Group Stage2nd4202127Equals-sign-blue.gif
2020–21 A To be determined
Total0 Titles7th4202127-

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGASquad
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1992 UEFA did not participate
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1995 Did not qualify
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1997
Flag of Mexico.svg 1999
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2001
Flag of France.svg 2003
Flag of Germany.svg 2005
Flag of South Africa.svg 2009 Third place3rd5401114 Squad
Flag of Brazil.svg 2013 Runners-up 2nd5311154 Squad
Flag of Russia.svg 2017 Did not qualify
TotalRunners-up2/1010712268

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGA
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1920 Silver medalists 2nd540195
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1924 Round 117th100101
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1928 Quarter-finals6th311199
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg 1936 Withdrew
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1948 Did not qualify
Flag of Finland.svg 1952
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1956
Flag of Italy.svg 1960
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1964
19681988 See Spain national amateur football team
Since 1992 See Spain national under-23 football team
Total1 Silver Medal3/995131815

Mediterranean Games

Mediterranean Games record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGA
Flag of Egypt (1922-1958).svg 1951 Did not qualify
19551967 See Spain national amateur football team
Flag of Turkey.svg 1971 Did not enter
Flag of Algeria.svg 1975
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg 1979
Flag of Morocco.svg 1983
Flag of Syria.svg 1987
Since 1991 See Spain national under-23 football team or Spain national under-20 football team
or Spain national under-18 football team

Source: [53]

Honours

CompetitionGold medal icon.svgSilver medal icon.svgBronze medal icon.svgTotal
World Cup 1001
European Championship 3104
Olympic Games 1203
Confederations Cup 0112
Nations League 0000
Total54110

See also

Notes

  1. Spanish pronunciation:
    Selección española de fútbol [seleɣˈθjon esˈpaɲola de ˈfuðβol]
  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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