Spain national football team


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
Nickname(s)La Roja (The Red One)
La Furia Roja (The Red Fury)[1]
AssociationReal Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachLuis Enrique
CaptainSergio Busquets
Most capsSergio Ramos (180)[2]
Top scorerDavid Villa (59)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeESP
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 6 (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
 Spain 1–0 Denmark 
(Brussels, Belgium; 28 August 1920)
Biggest win
 Spain 13–0 Bulgaria 
(Madrid, Spain; 22 August 1933)
Biggest defeat
 Spain 1–7 Italy 
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 4 June 1928)
 England 7–1 Spain 
(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)

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.

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 to win back-to-back European Championships in 2008 and 2012.[5] 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 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 the best ever international side in world football.[8][9][10][11][12]

History


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]

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]

Team image


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-.[28] 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.[29] Spanish football team is sometimes also referred as the Bulls due to this cultural heritage.[30]

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.[31]

Style of play

Spain, UEFA Euro 2008 winners
Spanish players celebrate winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup
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.[32]

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",[33] a "short passing style in which the ball is worked carefully through various channels",[34] and a "nonsensical phrase that has come to mean short passing, patience and possession above all else".[35] The style involves roaming movement and positional interchange amongst midfielders, moving the ball in intricate patterns,[36] and sharp, one or two-touch passing.[37] 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.[38] Commentators have contrasted tiki-taka with "Route One physicality"[33] 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.[34] Tiki-taka is associated with flair, creativity, and touch,[39] but can also be taken to a "slow, directionless extreme" that sacrifices effectiveness for aesthetics.[35]

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.[35] 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.[40]

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".[38]

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).[37]

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 supplier Period Notes
None 1920–1935
Deportes Cóndor 1935–1966
Umbro 1966
Deportes Cóndor 1967–1981
Adidas 1981–1983
Le Coq Sportif 1983–1991
Adidas 1991–present Current until 2030[41][42]

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.[43]

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

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.[48]

Rivalries


Spain has two main rivalries with other top footballing nations.

  • Their rivalry with Italy, sometimes referred to as the Mediterranean Derby,[49] has been contested since 1920, and, although the two nations are not immediate geographical neighbours, their rivalry at international level is enhanced by the strong performances of the representative clubs in UEFA competitions, in which they are among the leading associations and have each enjoyed spells of dominance.[50][51] Since the quarterfinal match between the two countries at Euro 2008, the rivalry has renewed, with its most notable match between the two sides being in the UEFA Euro 2012 Final, which Spain won 4–0.[52][53]
  • Their rivalry with Portugal, also known as the Iberian Derby, 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. Both belong to the strongest football nations of the world, and have met a total of 36 times (of which 9 matches were competitive) which resulted in 18 victories for Spain, 12 draws and 6 victories for Portugal.

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.[54]

2020

3 September 2020 (2020-09-03) UEFA Nations League Germany  1–1  Spain Stuttgart, Germany
20:45 Werner  51' Report Gayà  90+6' Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
6 September 2020 (2020-09-06) UEFA Nations League Spain  4–0  Ukraine Madrid, Spain
20:45 Ramos  3' (pen.), 29'
Fati  32'
F. Torres  84'
Report Stadium: Alfredo di Stefano Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
7 October 2020 Friendly Portugal  0–0  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  1–0   Switzerland Madrid, Spain
20:45 Oyarzabal  14' Report Stadium: Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey)
13 October 2020 (2020-10-13) UEFA Nations League Ukraine  1–0  Spain Kyiv, Ukraine
20:45 Tsyhankov  76' Report Stadium: Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)
11 November 2020 (2020-11-11)[lower-alpha 1] Friendly Netherlands  1–1  Spain Amsterdam, Netherlands
20:45 Van de Beek  47' Report Canales  19' Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena
Attendance: 0
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)
14 November 2020 (2020-11-14) UEFA Nations League Switzerland   1–1  Spain Basel, Switzerland
20:45 Freuler  26' Report Gerard  89' Stadium: St. Jakob-Park
Referee: Willie Collum (Scotland)
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17) UEFA Nations League Spain  6–0  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  1–1  Greece Granada, Spain
20:45 CET (UTC+01:00) Morata  33' Report Bakasetas  57' (pen.) Stadium: Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)
28 March 2021 (2021-03-28) 2022 FIFA W.C. Q Georgia  1–2  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  3–1  Kosovo Seville, Spain
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)
Report
Stadium: Estadio de La Cartuja
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark)
4 June 2021 Friendly Spain  0–0  Portugal Madrid, Spain
19:30 Report Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano
Attendance: 14,743
Referee: Craig Pawson (England)
8 June 2021 (2021-06-08) Friendly Spain  4–0  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 Spain  0–0  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 Spain  v  Poland Seville, Spain
21:00 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report Stadium: Estadio de La Cartuja
23 June 2021 (2021-06-23) UEFA Euro 2020 Slovakia  v  Spain Seville, Spain
18:00 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report Stadium: Estadio de La Cartuja
2 September 2021 (2021-09-02) 2022 FIFA W.C. Q Sweden  v  Spain Sweden
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report
5 September 2021 (2021-09-05) 2022 FIFA W.C. Q Spain  v  Georgia Spain
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report
8 September 2021 (2021-09-08) 2022 FIFA W.C. Q Kosovo  v  Spain Kosovo
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00) Report
6 October 2021 (2021-10-06) 2021 UEFA Nations League SF Italy  v  Spain Milan, Italy
CEST (UTC+02:00) Report Stadium: San Siro
11 November 2021 (2021-11-11) 2022 FIFA W.C. Q Greece  v  Spain Greece
21:45 EET (UTC+02:00) Report
14 November 2021 (2021-11-14) 2022 FIFA W.C. Q Spain  v  Sweden Spain
20:45 CET (UTC+01:00) Report

Staff


Role Name
Head coach Luis Enrique
Assistant coach Jesús Casas
Goalkeeping coach José Sambade
Fitness coach Rafel Pol
Data analysts Aitor Unzué
Juanjo González
Psychologist Joaquín Valdés
Video analyst Pablo Peña
Doctor Juan José García Cota
Physiotherapists Lorenzo del Pozo
Raúl Martínez
Miguel Gutiérrez
Juan Carlos Herranz
Fernando Galán del Río
Kit men Joaquín Retamosa
José Damián García
Antonio Guerra
Sporting director José Francisco Molina
Team manager Antonio Limones
Delegate 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.[56] 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.[57]
Caps and goals correct as of: 14 June 2021, after the match against Sweden.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK David de Gea (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 30) 45 0 Manchester United
13 1GK Robert Sánchez (1997-11-18) 18 November 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Brighton & Hove Albion
23 1GK Unai Simón (1997-06-11) 11 June 1997 (age 24) 8 0 Athletic Bilbao

2 2DF César Azpilicueta (1989-08-24) 24 August 1989 (age 31) 25 0 Chelsea
3 2DF Diego Llorente (1993-08-16) 16 August 1993 (age 27) 8 0 Leeds United
4 2DF Pau Torres (1997-01-16) 16 January 1997 (age 24) 9 1 Villarreal
12 2DF Eric García (2001-01-09) 9 January 2001 (age 20) 8 0 Manchester City
14 2DF José Gayà (1995-05-25) 25 May 1995 (age 26) 14 2 Valencia
18 2DF Jordi Alba (vice-captain) (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 32) 73 8 Barcelona
24 2DF Aymeric Laporte (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 27) 2 0 Manchester City

5 3MF Sergio Busquets (captain) (1988-07-16) 16 July 1988 (age 32) 123 2 Barcelona
6 3MF Marcos Llorente (1995-01-30) 30 January 1995 (age 26) 6 0 Atlético Madrid
8 3MF Koke (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 29) 51 0 Atlético Madrid
10 3MF Thiago (1991-04-11) 11 April 1991 (age 30) 43 2 Liverpool
16 3MF Rodri (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 24) 21 1 Manchester City
17 3MF Fabián Ruiz (1996-04-03) 3 April 1996 (age 25) 13 1 Napoli
19 3MF Dani Olmo (1998-05-07) 7 May 1998 (age 23) 12 3 RB Leipzig
22 3MF Pablo Sarabia (1992-05-11) 11 May 1992 (age 29) 5 1 Paris Saint-Germain
26 3MF Pedri (2002-11-25) 25 November 2002 (age 18) 5 0 Barcelona

7 4FW Álvaro Morata (1992-10-23) 23 October 1992 (age 28) 41 19 Juventus
9 4FW Gerard Moreno (1992-04-07) 7 April 1992 (age 29) 12 5 Villarreal
11 4FW Ferran Torres (2000-02-29) 29 February 2000 (age 21) 12 6 Manchester City
20 4FW Adama Traoré (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 25) 5 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
21 4FW Mikel Oyarzabal (1997-04-21) 21 April 1997 (age 24) 14 4 Real Sociedad

Recent call-ups

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
GK Kepa Arrizabalaga (1994-10-03) 3 October 1994 (age 26) 11 0 Chelsea UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
GK Álvaro Fernández (1998-04-13) 13 April 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Huesca UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
GK Josep Martínez (1998-05-27) 27 May 1998 (age 23) 1 0 RB Leipzig v.  Lithuania, 8 June 2021
GK Iñaki Peña (1999-03-02) 2 March 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Barcelona B v.  Lithuania, 8 June 2021

DF Raúl Albiol (1985-09-04) 4 September 1985 (age 35) 56 0 Villarreal UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
DF Juan Miranda (2000-01-19) 19 January 2000 (age 21) 1 1 Betis UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
DF Óscar Mingueza (1999-05-13) 13 May 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Barcelona B UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
DF Alejandro Pozo (1999-02-22) 22 February 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Eibar UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
DF Marc Cucurella (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 22) 1 0 Getafe UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
DF Hugo Guillamón (2000-01-31) 31 January 2000 (age 21) 1 1 Valencia v.  Lithuania, 8 June 2021
DF Óscar Gil (1998-04-26) 26 April 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Espanyol v.  Lithuania, 8 June 2021
DF Jorge Cuenca (1999-11-17) 17 November 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Almería v.  Lithuania, 8 June 2021
DF Sergio Ramos (1986-03-30) 30 March 1986 (age 35) 180 23 Real Madrid v.  Kosovo, 31 March 2021
DF Iñigo Martínez (1991-05-17) 17 May 1991 (age 30) 15 0 Athletic Bilbao v.  Kosovo, 31 March 2021
DF Pedro Porro (1999-09-13) 13 September 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Sporting CP v.  Kosovo, 31 March 2021
DF Sergi Roberto (1992-02-07) 7 February 1992 (age 29) 10 1 Barcelona v.  Germany, 17 November 2020
DF Sergio Reguilón (1996-12-16) 16 December 1996 (age 24) 5 0 Tottenham Hotspur v.  Germany, 17 November 2020
DF Héctor Bellerín (1995-03-19) 19 March 1995 (age 26) 4 0 Arsenal v.  Germany, 17 November 2020
DF Jesús Navas (1985-11-21) 21 November 1985 (age 35) 46 5 Sevilla v.  Netherlands, 11 November 2020
DF Dani Carvajal (1992-01-11) 11 January 1992 (age 29) 25 0 Real Madrid v.  Portugal, 7 October 2020 INJ

MF Pablo Fornals (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 25) 2 0 West Ham United UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
MF Brais Méndez (1997-01-07) 7 January 1997 (age 24) 1 1 Celta Vigo UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
MF Gonzalo Villar (1998-03-23) 23 March 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Roma UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
MF Martín Zubimendi (1999-02-02) 2 February 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Real Sociedad UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
MF Carlos Soler (1997-01-02) 2 January 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Valencia UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
MF Fran Beltrán (1999-02-03) 3 February 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Celta Vigo v.  Lithuania, 8 June 2021
MF Antonio Blanco (2000-07-23) 23 July 2000 (age 20) 1 0 Real Madrid Castilla v.  Lithuania, 8 June 2021
MF Manu García (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Sporting Gijón v.  Lithuania, 8 June 2021
MF Sergio Canales (1991-02-16) 16 February 1991 (age 30) 10 1 Real Betis v.  Kosovo, 31 March 2021
MF Marco Asensio (1996-01-21) 21 January 1996 (age 25) 26 1 Real Madrid v.  Germany, 17 November 2020
MF Mikel Merino (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 24) 6 0 Real Sociedad v.  Germany, 17 November 2020
MF Dani Ceballos (1996-08-07) 7 August 1996 (age 24) 11 1 Arsenal v.  Ukraine, 13 October 2020
MF José Campaña (1993-05-31) 31 May 1993 (age 28) 1 0 Levante v.  Ukraine, 13 October 2020
MF Óscar (1998-06-28) 28 June 1998 (age 22) 2 0 Sevilla v.  Ukraine, 6 September 2020

FW Rodrigo (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 30) 25 8 Leeds United UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
FW Bryan Gil (2001-02-11) 11 February 2001 (age 20) 3 0 Eibar UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
FW Brahim Díaz (1999-08-03) 3 August 1999 (age 21) 1 1 Milan UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
FW Javi Puado (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 23) 1 1 Espanyol UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
FW Yeremy (2002-10-20) 20 October 2002 (age 18) 0 0 Villarreal UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
FW Abel Ruiz (2000-01-28) 28 January 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Braga v.  Lithuania, 8 June 2021
FW Ansu Fati (2002-10-31) 31 October 2002 (age 18) 4 1 Barcelona v.  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.[58]

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

Below is a list of the ten players with the most caps for Spain, as of 14 June 2021.[2][59]

Players in bold are still active with Spain.
Rank Player Caps Goals Period
1 Sergio Ramos 180 23 2005–present
2 Iker Casillas 167 0 2000–2016
3 Xavi 133 13 2000–2014
4 Andrés Iniesta 131 13 2006–2018
5 Andoni Zubizarreta 126 0 1985–1998
6 David Silva 125 35 2006–2018
7 Sergio Busquets 123 2 2009–present
8 Xabi Alonso 114 16 2003–2014
9 Cesc Fàbregas 110 15 2006–2016
Fernando Torres 110 38 2003–2014
Top goalscorers
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 4 June 2021.[60][61]

Rank Player Goals Caps Average Period
1 David Villa (list) 59 98 0.6 2005–2017
2 Raúl (list) 44 102 0.43 1996–2006
3 Fernando Torres (list) 38 110 0.35 2003–2014
4 David Silva 35 125 0.28 2006–2018
5 Fernando Hierro 29 89 0.33 1989–2002
6 Fernando Morientes 27 47 0.57 1998–2007
7 Emilio Butragueño 26 69 0.38 1984–1992
8 Alfredo Di Stéfano 23 31 0.74 1957–1961
Sergio Ramos 23 180 0.13 2005–present
10 Julio Salinas 22 56 0.39 1986–1996

Manager records

Most manager appearances
Vicente del Bosque: 114

Team records


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 record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 Did not enter Did not enter
1934 Quarter-finals 5th 3 1 1 1 4 3 2 2 0 0 11 1
1938 Withdrew Withdrew
1950 Fourth place 4th 6 3 1 2 10 12 2 1 1 0 7 3
1954 Did not qualify 3 1 1 1 6 3
1958 4 2 1 1 12 8
1962 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 2 3 4 3 1 0 7 4
1966 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 4 5 3 2 0 1 5 2
1970 Did not qualify 6 2 2 2 10 6
1974 5 2 2 1 8 5
1978 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 2 2 4 3 0 1 4 1
1982 Round 2 12th 5 1 2 2 4 5 Qualified as host
1986 Quarter-finals 7th 5 3 1 1 11 4 6 4 0 2 9 8
1990 Round of 16 10th 4 2 1 1 6 4 8 6 1 1 20 3
1994 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 2 1 10 6 12 8 3 1 27 4
1998 Group stage 17th 3 1 1 1 8 4 10 8 2 0 26 6
2002 Quarter-finals 5th 5 3 2 0 10 5 8 6 2 0 21 4
2006 Round of 16 9th 4 3 0 1 9 4 12 6 6 0 25 5
2010 Champions 1st 7 6 0 1 8 2 10 10 0 0 28 5
2014 Group stage 23rd 3 1 0 2 4 7 8 6 2 0 14 3
2018 Round of 16 10th 4 1 3 0 7 6 10 9 1 0 36 3
2022 To be determined 3 2 1 0 6 3
2026 To be determined
Total 1 title 15/21 63 30 15 18 99 72 120 83 26 11 282 77
*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
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
1960 Did not qualify[lower-alpha 2] 2 2 0 0 7 2
1964 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 4 2 6 4 1 1 16 5
1968 Did not qualify 8 3 2 3 7 5
1972 6 3 2 1 14 3
1976 8 3 4 1 11 9
1980 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 4 6 4 1 1 13 5
1984 Runners-up 2nd 5 1 3 1 4 5 8 6 1 1 24 8
1988 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 3 5 6 5 0 1 14 6
1992 Did not qualify 7 3 0 4 17 12
1996 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 3 0 4 3 10 8 2 0 25 4
  2000 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 0 2 7 7 8 7 0 1 42 5
2004 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 2 2 10 7 2 1 21 5
  2008 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 12 3 12 9 1 2 23 8
  2012 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 12 1 8 8 0 0 26 6
2016 Round of 16 10th 4 2 0 2 5 4 10 9 0 1 23 3
2020 Group stage TBD 1 0 1 0 0 0 10 8 2 0 31 5
2024 To be determined To be determined
Total 3 titles 11/16 41 19 12 10 55 36 125 89 18 18 314 91

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R Rank
2018–19 A 4 4 2 0 2 12 7 7th
2020–21 A 4 6 3 2 1 13 3 TBD
2022–23 A To be determined
Total 10 5 2 3 25 10 7th

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
1992 UEFA did not participate
1995 Did not qualify
1997
1999
2001
2003
2005
2009 Third place 3rd 5 4 0 1 11 4 Squad
2013 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 15 4 Squad
2017 Did not qualify
Total Runners-up 2/10 10 7 1 2 26 8

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1920Silver medalists2nd540195
1924Round 117th100101
1928Quarter-finals6th311199
1936Withdrew
1948Did not qualify
1952
1956
1960
1964
19681988See Spain national amateur football team
Since 1992See Spain national under-23 football team
Total 1 Silver Medal 3/9 9 5 1 3 18 15
  • Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Mediterranean Games

Mediterranean Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1951 Did not qualify
19551967 See Spain national amateur football team
1971 Did not enter
1975
1979
1983
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:[62]

Head-to-head record


All-time results


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

Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA
Total7164181661321434643

FIFA Rankings


Last update was on 28 November 2019. Source:[63]

Honours


CompetitionTotal
World Cup 1001
European Championship 3104
Olympic Games 1203
Confederations Cup 0112
Nations League 0000
Total54110

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.[55]
  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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