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 Luis Enrique
Captain Sergio Busquets
Most caps Sergio Ramos (180) [2]
Top scorer David Villa (59)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA code ESP
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First colours
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Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 6 Steady2.svg (27 May 2021) [3]
Highest1 (July 2008 – June 2009, October 2009 – March 2010, July 2010 – July 2011, October 2011 – July 2014)
Lowest25 (March 1998)
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 13–0 Bulgaria  Flag of Bulgaria.svg
(Madrid, Spain; 22 August 1933)
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)
Nations League Finals
Appearances1 (first in 2021 )
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2009 )
Best resultRunners-up (2013)

The Spain national football team (Spanish : Selección Española de Fútbol) represents Spain in international men's football competitions since 1920. It is governed by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Spain. Spain are one of the eight national teams to have been crowned world champions, having participated in a total of 15 of 21 FIFA World Cups and qualifying consistently since 1978. Spain also won three continental titles, having appeared at 11 of 15 UEFA European Championships.

Spain is the only national team with three consecutive major titles, becoming the first European team to win a FIFA World Cup outside of Europe in 2010 as well as the only one to win back-to-back European Championships in 2008 and 2012. [5] From 2008 to 2013, Spain won the FIFA Team of the Year, the second-most of any nation, behind only Brazil. [6] Also between February 2007 and June 2009, Spain went undefeated for a record-equalling 35 consecutive matches, shared with Brazil. [7] Their achievements have led many experts and commentators to consider the 2008–2012 Spanish squad one of the best ever international sides in world football. [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]

History

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Spain national football team in the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp

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]

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. [17] 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. [18] 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. [19] 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. [20]

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

Two years later, however, they were eliminated from the group stage of the 2014 World Cup. [25] At Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, the side reached the last 16. [26] [27] In the UEFA Euro 2020 held in 2021, Spain made some breakthrough as the team reached the last four before losing to eventual champions Italy, though with a largely unimpressive performance as Spain had won only one game in regulation time throughout the tournament. [28]


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Nicknames

Spanish team is commonly known by fans as "La Furia Roja", meaning the Red Fury in Spanish. [1] recalling the "Sack of Antwerp" - an episode in the military history of Spain-. [29] 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. [30] Spanish football team is sometimes also referred as the Bulls due to this cultural heritage. [31]

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. [32]

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. [33]

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", [34] a "short passing style in which the ball is worked carefully through various channels", [35] and a "nonsensical phrase that has come to mean short passing, patience and possession above all else". [36] The style involves roaming movement and positional interchange amongst midfielders, moving the ball in intricate patterns, [37] and sharp, one or two-touch passing. [38] 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. [39] Commentators have contrasted tiki-taka with "Route One physicality" [34] 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. [35] Tiki-taka is associated with flair, creativity, and touch, [40] but can also be taken to a "slow, directionless extreme" that sacrifices effectiveness for aesthetics. [36]

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. [36] 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. [41]

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". [39]

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). [38]

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–presentCurrent until 2030 [42] [43]

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 and Metropolitano), 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. [44]

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, [45] Los Cármenes in Granada, [46] El Molinón in Gijón, [47] and the Rico Pérez in Alicante. [48]

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. [49]

Rivalries

Spain has two main rivalries with other top footballing nations.

Results and fixtures

The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the current or upcoming seasons. [55]

2020

3 September 2020 (2020-09-03) UEFA Nations League Germany  Flag of Germany.svg1–1Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Stuttgart, Germany
20:45 Werner Soccerball shade.svg 51' Report Gayà Soccerball shade.svg 90+6'Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
6 September 2020 (2020-09-06) UEFA Nations League Spain  Flag of Spain.svg4–0Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Madrid, Spain
20:45 Ramos Soccerball shade.svg 3' (pen.), 29'
Fati Soccerball shade.svg 32'
F. Torres Soccerball shade.svg 84'
Report Stadium: Alfredo di Stefano Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
7 October 2020Friendly Portugal  Flag of Portugal.svg0–0Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Lisbon, Portugal
19:45 WEST (UTC+1) Report Stadium: Estádio José Alvalade
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Paolo Valeri (Italy)
10 October 2020 (2020-10-10) UEFA Nations League Spain  Flag of Spain.svg1–0Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Madrid, Spain
20:45 Oyarzabal Soccerball shade.svg 14' Report Stadium: Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey)
13 October 2020 (2020-10-13) UEFA Nations League Ukraine  Flag of Ukraine.svg1–0Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Kyiv, Ukraine
20:45 Tsyhankov Soccerball shade.svg 76' Report Stadium: Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)
11 November 2020 (2020-11-11) [lower-alpha 1] Friendly Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg1–1Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Amsterdam, Netherlands
20:45 Van de Beek Soccerball shade.svg 47' Report Canales Soccerball shade.svg 19'Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)
14 November 2020 (2020-11-14) UEFA Nations League Switzerland   Flag of Switzerland.svg1–1Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Basel, Switzerland
20:45 Freuler Soccerball shade.svg 26' Report Gerard Soccerball shade.svg 89'Stadium: St. Jakob-Park
Referee: Willie Collum (Scotland)
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17) UEFA Nations League Spain  Flag of Spain.svg6–0Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Seville, Spain
20:45
Report Stadium: Estadio de La Cartuja
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)

2021

25 March 2021 (2021-03-25) 2022 FIFA W.C. Q Spain  Flag of Spain.svg1–1Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Granada, Spain
20:45 CET (UTC+01:00) Morata Soccerball shade.svg 33' Report Bakasetas Soccerball shade.svg 57' (pen.)Stadium: Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)
28 March 2021 (2021-03-28) 2022 FIFA W.C. Q Georgia  Flag of Georgia.svg1–2Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Tbilisi, Georgia
18:00 GET (UTC+04:00) Report
Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
Referee: Radu Petrescu (Romania)
31 March 2021 (2021-03-31) 2022 FIFA W.C. Q Spain  Flag of Spain.svg3–1Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo Seville, Spain
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)
Report
Stadium: Estadio de La Cartuja
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark)
4 June 2021 Friendly Spain  Flag of Spain.svg0–0Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Madrid, Spain
19:30 Report Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano
Attendance: 14,743
Referee: Craig Pawson (England)
8 June 2021 (2021-06-08) Friendly Spain  Flag of Spain.svg4–0Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Leganés, Spain
19:45  UTC+1
Report Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Butarque
Referee: Willy Delajod (France)
14 June 2021 (2021-06-14) UEFA Euro 2020 Group E Spain  Flag of Spain.svg0–0Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Seville, Spain
21:00 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report Stadium: La Cartuja
Attendance: 10,559
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
19 June 2021 (2021-06-19) UEFA Euro 2020 Group E Spain  Flag of Spain.svg1–1Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Seville, Spain
21:00 CEST (UTC+02:00)
Report Stadium: Estadio de La Cartuja
Attendance: 11,732
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
23 June 2021 (2021-06-23) UEFA Euro 2020 Group E Slovakia  Flag of Slovakia.svg0–5Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Seville, Spain
18:00 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report
Stadium: Estadio de La Cartuja
Attendance: 11,204
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
28 June 2021 UEFA Euro 2020 R16 Croatia  Flag of Croatia.svg3–5 (a.e.t.)Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Copenhagen, Denmark
18:00 CEST (UTC+02:00)
Report
Stadium: Parken Stadium
Attendance: 22,771
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
6 July 2021 UEFA Euro 2020 SF Italy  Flag of Italy.svg1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 p)
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain London, England
21:00 CEST (UTC+02:00)
Report
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 57,811
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Penalties
2 September 2021 (2021-09-02) 2022 FIFA W.C. Q Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svgvFlag of Spain.svg  Spain Sweden
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report Stadium: Friends Arena
5 September 2021 (2021-09-05) 2022 FIFA W.C. Q Spain  Flag of Spain.svgvFlag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Spain
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report Stadium: Nuevo Vivero, Badajoz
8 September 2021 (2021-09-08) 2022 FIFA W.C. Q Kosovo  Flag of Kosovo.svgvFlag of Spain.svg  Spain Kosovo
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium
6 October 2021 (2021-10-06) 2021 UEFA Nations League SF Italy  Flag of Italy.svgvFlag of Spain.svg  Spain Milan, Italy
CEST (UTC+02:00) Report Stadium: San Siro
10 October 2021 (2021-10-10) 3rd/F Spain  Flag of Spain.svgv Italy
11 November 2021 (2021-11-11) 2022 FIFA W.C. Q Greece  Flag of Greece.svgvFlag of Spain.svg  Spain Athens
21:45 EET (UTC+02:00) Report Stadium: Olympic Stadium
14 November 2021 (2021-11-14) 2022 FIFA W.C. Q Spain  Flag of Spain.svgvFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Spain
20:45 CET (UTC+01:00) Report Stadium: La Cartuja, Seville

Staff

RoleName
Head coach Flag of Spain.svg Luis Enrique
Assistant coach Flag of Spain.svg Jesús Casas
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Spain.svg José Sambade
Fitness coach Flag of Spain.svg Rafel Pol
Data analysts Flag of Spain.svg Aitor Unzué
Flag of Spain.svg Juanjo González
Psychologist Flag of Spain.svg Joaquín Valdés
Video analyst Flag of Spain.svg Pablo Peña
Doctor Flag of Spain.svg Juan José García Cota
Physiotherapists Flag of Spain.svg Lorenzo del Pozo
Flag of Spain.svg Raúl Martínez
Flag of Spain.svg Miguel Gutiérrez
Flag of Spain.svg Juan Carlos Herranz
Flag of Spain.svg Fernando Galán del Río
Kit men Flag of Spain.svg Joaquín Retamosa
Flag of Spain.svg José Damián García
Flag of Spain.svg Antonio Guerra
Sporting director Flag of Spain.svg José Francisco Molina
Team manager Flag of Spain.svg Antonio Limones
Delegate Flag of Spain.svg Pedro Cortés

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up to the Spain squad for the friendly against Portugal on 4 June 2021 and the UEFA Euro 2020 final tournament. [57] In addition, due to the isolation of some team players following the positive COVID-19 test of Sergio Busquets, a second squad formed by under-21 players was called up for the friendly against Lithuania on 8 June 2021. [58]

Information correct as of 6 July 2021.
No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK David de Gea (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 30)450 Flag of England.svg Manchester United
131 GK Robert Sánchez (1997-11-18) 18 November 1997 (age 23)00 Flag of England.svg Brighton & Hove Albion
231 GK Unai Simón* (1997-06-11) 11 June 1997 (age 24)130 Flag of Spain.svg Athletic Bilbao

22 DF César Azpilicueta (1989-08-24) 24 August 1989 (age 31)291 Flag of England.svg Chelsea
32 DF Diego Llorente (1993-08-16) 16 August 1993 (age 27)80 Flag of England.svg Leeds United
42 DF Pau Torres* (1997-01-16) 16 January 1997 (age 24)141 Flag of Spain.svg Villarreal
122 DF Eric García* (2001-01-09) 9 January 2001 (age 20)110 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
142 DF José Gayà (1995-05-25) 25 May 1995 (age 26)152 Flag of Spain.svg Valencia
182 DF Jordi Alba (vice-captain) (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 32)788 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
242 DF Aymeric Laporte (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 27)71 Flag of England.svg Manchester City

53 MF Sergio Busquets (captain) (1988-07-16) 16 July 1988 (age 33)1272 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
63 MF Marcos Llorente (1995-01-30) 30 January 1995 (age 26)90 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid
83 MF Koke (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 29)560 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid
103 MF Thiago (1991-04-11) 11 April 1991 (age 30)462 Flag of England.svg Liverpool
163 MF Rodri (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 25)251 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
173 MF Fabián (1996-04-03) 3 April 1996 (age 25)151 Flag of Italy.svg Napoli
193 MF Dani Olmo* (1998-05-07) 7 May 1998 (age 23)163 Flag of Germany.svg RB Leipzig
223 MF Pablo Sarabia (1992-05-11) 11 May 1992 (age 29)93 Flag of France.svg Paris Saint-Germain
263 MF Pedri* (2002-11-25) 25 November 2002 (age 18)100 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona

74 FW Álvaro Morata (1992-10-23) 23 October 1992 (age 28)4622 Flag of Italy.svg Juventus
94 FW Gerard (1992-04-07) 7 April 1992 (age 29)165 Flag of Spain.svg Villarreal
114 FW Ferran Torres (2000-02-29) 29 February 2000 (age 21)178 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
204 FW Adama Traoré (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 25)60 Flag of England.svg Wolverhampton Wanderers
214 FW Mikel Oyarzabal* (1997-04-21) 21 April 1997 (age 24)195 Flag of Spain.svg Real Sociedad

Players who were also called up for the 2020 Olympics are marked with asterisk (*).

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
GK Kepa Arrizabalaga (1994-10-03) 3 October 1994 (age 26)110 Flag of England.svg Chelsea UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
GK Álvaro Fernández (1998-04-13) 13 April 1998 (age 23)10 Flag of Spain.svg Huesca UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
GK Josep Martínez (1998-05-27) 27 May 1998 (age 23)10 Flag of Germany.svg RB Leipzig v. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania , 8 June 2021
GK Iñaki Peña (1999-03-02) 2 March 1999 (age 22)00 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona B v. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania , 8 June 2021

DF Raúl Albiol (1985-09-04) 4 September 1985 (age 35)560 Flag of Spain.svg Villarreal UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
DF Juan Miranda (2000-01-19) 19 January 2000 (age 21)11 Flag of Spain.svg Betis UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
DF Marc Cucurella (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 23)10 Flag of Spain.svg Getafe UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
DF Óscar Mingueza (1999-05-13) 13 May 1999 (age 22)10 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona B UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
DF Alejandro Pozo (1999-02-22) 22 February 1999 (age 22)10 Flag of Spain.svg Eibar UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
DF Hugo Guillamón (2000-01-31) 31 January 2000 (age 21)11 Flag of Spain.svg Valencia v. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania , 8 June 2021
DF Óscar Gil (1998-04-26) 26 April 1998 (age 23)10 Flag of Spain.svg Espanyol v. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania , 8 June 2021
DF Jorge Cuenca (1999-11-17) 17 November 1999 (age 21)00 Flag of Spain.svg Almería v. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania , 8 June 2021
DF Sergio Ramos (1986-03-30) 30 March 1986 (age 35)18023 Flag of France.svg Paris Saint-Germain v. Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo , 31 March 2021
DF Iñigo Martínez (1991-05-17) 17 May 1991 (age 30)150 Flag of Spain.svg Athletic Bilbao v. Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo , 31 March 2021
DF Pedro Porro (1999-09-13) 13 September 1999 (age 21)10 Flag of Portugal.svg Sporting CP v. Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo , 31 March 2021
DF Sergi Roberto (1992-02-07) 7 February 1992 (age 29)101 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona v. Flag of Germany.svg  Germany , 17 November 2020
DF Sergio Reguilón (1996-12-16) 16 December 1996 (age 24)50 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur v. Flag of Germany.svg  Germany , 17 November 2020
DF Héctor Bellerín (1995-03-19) 19 March 1995 (age 26)40 Flag of England.svg Arsenal v. Flag of Germany.svg  Germany , 17 November 2020
DF Jesús Navas (1985-11-21) 21 November 1985 (age 35)465 Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla v. Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands , 11 November 2020
DF Dani Carvajal (1992-01-11) 11 January 1992 (age 29)250 Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid v. Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal , 7 October 2020 INJ

MF Pablo Fornals (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 25)20 Flag of England.svg West Ham United UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
MF Brais Méndez (1997-01-07) 7 January 1997 (age 24)11 Flag of Spain.svg Celta Vigo UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
MF Gonzalo Villar (1998-03-23) 23 March 1998 (age 23)10 Flag of Italy.svg Roma UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
MF Martín Zubimendi (1999-02-02) 2 February 1999 (age 22)10 Flag of Spain.svg Real Sociedad UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
MF Carlos Soler (1997-01-02) 2 January 1997 (age 24)00 Flag of Spain.svg Valencia UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
MF Fran Beltrán (1999-02-03) 3 February 1999 (age 22)10 Flag of Spain.svg Celta Vigo v. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania , 8 June 2021
MF Antonio Blanco (2000-07-23) 23 July 2000 (age 21)10 Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid Castilla v. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania , 8 June 2021
MF Manu García (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 23)10 Flag of Spain.svg Sporting Gijón v. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania , 8 June 2021
MF Sergio Canales (1991-02-16) 16 February 1991 (age 30)101 Flag of Spain.svg Betis v. Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo , 31 March 2021
MF Marco Asensio (1996-01-21) 21 January 1996 (age 25)261 Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid v. Flag of Germany.svg  Germany , 17 November 2020
MF Mikel Merino (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 25)60 Flag of Spain.svg Real Sociedad v. Flag of Germany.svg  Germany , 17 November 2020
MF Dani Ceballos (1996-08-07) 7 August 1996 (age 24)111 Flag of England.svg Arsenal v. Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine , 13 October 2020
MF José Campaña (1993-05-31) 31 May 1993 (age 28)10 Flag of Spain.svg Levante v. Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine , 13 October 2020
MF Óscar (1998-06-28) 28 June 1998 (age 23)20 Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla v. Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine , 6 September 2020

FW Rodrigo (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 30)258 Flag of England.svg Leeds United UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
FW Bryan Gil (2001-02-11) 11 February 2001 (age 20)30 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
FW Brahim (1999-08-03) 3 August 1999 (age 21)11 Flag of Italy.svg Milan UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
FW Javi Puado (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 23)11 Flag of Spain.svg Espanyol UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
FW Yeremy (2002-10-20) 20 October 2002 (age 18)00 Flag of Spain.svg Villarreal UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
FW Abel Ruiz (2000-01-28) 28 January 2000 (age 21)10 Flag of Portugal.svg Braga v. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania , 8 June 2021
FW Ansu Fati (2002-10-31) 31 October 2002 (age 18)41 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona v. Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands , 11 November 2020 INJ

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby

Previous squads

Individual records

Player records

Sergio Ramos holds the record for most appearances for the Spanish team with 180 since his debut in 2005. In second place is Iker Casillas with 167, followed by Xavi with 133. [59]

David Villa holds the title of Spain's highest goalscorer, scoring 59 goals from 2005 to 2017, 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 180 caps Sergio Ramos Euro 2012 vs France 01.jpg
Sergio Ramos holds the record for most appearances in the history of Spain with 180 caps

Below is a list of the ten players with the most caps for Spain, as of 6 July 2021. [2] [60]

Players in bold are still active with Spain.
RankPlayerCapsGoalsPeriod
1 Sergio Ramos 180232005–present
2 Iker Casillas 16702000–2016
3 Xavi 133132000–2014
4 Andrés Iniesta 131132006–2018
5 Sergio Busquets 12722009–present
6 Andoni Zubizarreta 12601985–1998
7 David Silva 125352006–2018
8 Xabi Alonso 114162003–2014
9 Cesc Fàbregas 110152006–2016
Fernando Torres 110382003–2014

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 6 July 2021. [61] [62]

RankPlayerGoalsCapsAveragePeriod
1 David Villa (list)59980.62005–2017
2 Raúl (list)441020.431996–2006
3 Fernando Torres (list)381100.352003–2014
4 David Silva 351250.282006–2018
5 Fernando Hierro 29890.331989–2002
6 Fernando Morientes 27470.571998–2007
7 Emilio Butragueño 26690.381984–1992
8 Alfredo Di Stéfano 23310.741957–1961
Sergio Ramos 231800.132005–present
10 Álvaro Morata 22460.482014–present
Julio Salinas 22560.391986–1996

Captains

Main article: List of Spain national football team captains

List of captaincy periods of the various captains throughout the years.

Manager records

Most manager appearances
Vicente del Bosque: 114

Team records

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

 Champions   Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup 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 (1794-1815, 1830-1958).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.svg 1978 Group stage10th311122430141
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 Second group stage12th512245Qualified 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 determined321063
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 To be determined
Total1 title15/2163301518997212083261128277
*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 (1794-1815, 1830-1958).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 Semi-finals3rd624013610820315
Flag of Germany.svg 2024 To be determinedTo be determined
Total3 titles11/1646211510684212589181831491

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
YearDivisionGroupPldWDLGFGAP/RRank
Flag of Portugal.svg 2018–19 A 4 4202127Equals-sign-blue.gif7th
Flag of Italy.svg 2020–21 A 4 6321133Equals-sign-blue.gifTBD
Flag of none.svg 2022–23 A To be determined
Total1052325107th

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: [63]

Head-to-head record

All-time results

The following table shows Spain's all-time international record, correct as of 14 June 2021.

PlayedWonDrawnLost GF GA
Total7164181661321434643

FIFA Rankings

Last update was on 28 November 2019. Source: [64]

Honours

CompetitionGold medal icon.svgSilver medal icon.svgBronze medal icon.svgTotal
World Cup 1001
European Championship 3115
Olympic Games 1203
Confederations Cup 0112
Nations League 0000
Total54211

See also

Notes

  1. The Netherlands v Spain match, originally scheduled for 29 March 2020, 21:00 at the Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam was postponed on 17 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe. The match was later rescheduled to November 2020. [56]
  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.
  1. During UEFA Euro 2020, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets were named the Spain national team acting captains, as Ramos was not announced as a member of the final team for the competition.

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