About Spain

The Spain national football team played its first international match on 28 August 1920, beating Denmark 1-0 in Brussels.

 

La Furia Roja (The Red Fury) have participated in fourteen World Cup tournaments. The team won the 2010 edition in South Africa after defeating the Netherlands 1-0 in the final in Johannesburg.

 

Spain’s 2010 World Cup win was sandwiched in between two European Championship victories. Spain won the 2008 Championship in Austria and Switzerland and the following tournament in 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. The side to have won the three tournaments in a row is considered by many to be one of the greatest ever national teams.

 

Spain have participated in nine European Championships and won the first of their three titles as hosts in 1964. Spain also won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics when they hosted the tournament.

 

Goalkeeper and current captain of the national side, Iker Casillas, holds the record for the most caps. Since 2000, Casillas has played more than 160 times for the national team. David Villa is the national team’s all-time leading goalscorer with 59 goals. Notable former players include Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso, Raul Gonzalez, Carles Puyol, Fernando Hierro and Fernando Morientes.

 

Current manager Vincete del Bosque replaced Luis Aragones as head coach in 2008 and oversaw Spain’s 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 victories. Notable former managers of the national side include Luis Suarez, Javier Clemente and Jose Camacho.

 

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