The South Africa 2010 winners Spain earned their place at Russia 2018 by topping group G, and hence booking their ticket to Russia. The Royal Spanish Football Federation controls the Spain national football team, which is the governing body for football in Spain. The Spanish team is currently being headed by the coach Julen Lopetegui after the Vicente del Bosque stepped down following Euro 2006. Spain won the world title in 2010 under the coach Vicente del Bosque, who also coached Real Madrid from 1993 to 2003 and proved on to be one of the most successful managers in that era.
The Spanish side is commonly referred to as La Roja (the red one), La Furia Roja (The Red Fury), La Furia Española (The Spanish Fury).
Spain’s World Cup History:
First FIFA World Cup: 1934
Last FIFA World Cup: 2014
Best Achievement: 2010 World Champions
They’ve had 14 first stage appearances, 2 Semi final appearances, 1 final appearances and are 1 time cup holders.
Beating Netherlands 1-0 in 2010 finals, Spain became the first European team to win the title outside Europe as well as having won back-to-back European titles in Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, defeating the big teams like Germany and Italy respectively in finals. This makes Spain the only national team who has won 3 consecutive national titles. They were also termed as the FIFA team of the year.
Spain went undefeated for a record equaling 35 consecutive matches.
Julen Lopetegui, a former Barcelona and Real Madrid goalkeeper, who was part of Spain’s 1994 World cup squad. Prior to taking charge of Spain, he had coached for FC Porto and Spain’s youth teams, winning both the U-19 and U-21 UEFA European Championships.
Tiki-Taka has been used successfully by the Spanish National Team to win the UEFA Euro 2008, 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012. Tiki-Taka is the style of play or the gameplay used by Spain. Tiki-Taka refers to the short passing style in which ball is passed carefully between the team-mates and not letting the opposition take the ball. It involves keeping possession by making short passes.
Spain has been the master of Tiki-Taka and it has become their strength.
One of the most beautiful stadium of the World, Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid is considered to be Spain’s Home Stadium. Santiago Bernabéu is also the home stadium for the great Real Madrid.
|1||GK||David deGea||25||0||Manchester United|
|15||DF||Sergio Ramos||149||13||Real Madrid|
|DF||Dani Carvajal||13||0||Real Madrid|
|DF||Javi Martinez||18||0||Bayern Munich|
|20||MF||Marco Asensio||8||8||Real Madrid|
|21||MF||David Silva||118||35||Manchester City|
|MF||Ander Harrera||2||0||Manchester United|
|FW||Aritz Adruiz||13||2||Athletic Bilbao|
|FW||Lucas Vazquez||3||0||Real Madrid|
|FW||David Villa||98||59||New York City|
|FW||Diego Costa||16||6||Atletico Madrid|
Most capped players for Spain:
Below is the list of five players who have played most matches for Spain.
Top goal scorers for Spain:
For the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, Spain has been selected in Group B alongside the teams like Portugal, Morocco and Iran.
Portugal is the side, which could trouble the Spanish players. Although Ronaldo has not been in the best of the form, but he can turn over the game at any moment.
Key to Success for Spain:
The youngsters mostly dominate 2018 Spain squad. Although 2010 World Cup Spanish squad is considered as Spain’s best squad till date as that team had many key players with lots of experience and skills. But in the current side, all the pressure lies on the shoulders of the youngsters like Isco Alacron, Marco Asensio, Morata, Lucas Vazques, Dani Carvajal, Jordi Alba and David De Gea. We have seen that Real Madrid side comprises of these youngsters and they have been the key for success of real Madrid. It is always good to have a side with youngsters and some players with a bit of experience; Spain’s current squad is all about it. They have a perfect combination of Speed (players like – Jordi Alba, Lucus Vazques, Carvajal), Playmakers (players like- Isco, Asensio, David Silva, Iniesta), Strikers (players like- David Villa, Morata,) along with one of the best goalkeepers of the world- David de Gea.
David Villa has been called up by Spain to replace Diego costa. David villa is one of the key players for Spain as he has the record of scoring most number of goals for Spain under his belt. His presence will lift up the confidence of the young Spanish side. Although it is still unsure that whether he will play this world cup or not as recently he suffered an injury at the training which possibly could lower his hope for playing for Spain for the last time. Morata will be replacing Villa if he is unfit to play the Fifa World cup 2018.
15 Jun 2018 – 21:00 local time
PORTUGAL VS SPAIN – Fisht stadium, Sochi
20 Jun 2018 – 21:00 local time
IRAN VS SPAIN – Kazan Arena, Kazan
25 Jun 2018 – 21:00 local time
MOROCCO VS SPAIN – Kaliningrad stadium, Kaliningrad