Spain national football team

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Soccerball.svg Spain
Association RFEF
Confederation UEFA
Coach Vicente del Bosque
Most caps Iker Casillas (156)
Top scorer David Villa (59)
FIFA ranking 8 Decrease
World Cup
Appearances 14
First Apps 1934
Best result 1st (2010)

Spain national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de España) is the national football team of Spain. The current head coach is Vicente del Bosque. The team is often called La Roja ("The Red [One]"), La Furia Roja ("The Red Fury"), La Furia Española ("The Spanish Fury") or just La Furia ("The Fury"). The Spanish team became a member of FIFA in 1904, even though the team was made in 1909. Spain had their first match on the 8th of August 1920 against Denmark. Since the team's creation in 1909, they have been in 13 FIFA World Cups, and 9 UEFA European Football Championships.

Spain are currently the World and European champions, having won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2012. The team is rated #2 in the World Football Elo Ratings[1], and #1 in the FIFA World Rankings. In 2008 they won the UEFA Euro 2008, which means they are the first team in history to win three back-to-back international tournaments. From November 2006, and June 2009 Spain went undefeated for 35 matches, a record shared with Brazil. The team's achievements have led to many commentators and football experts to name them one of the best international sides in football history.

Most appearances[change | change source]

As of 20 November 2013 the ten players with the most caps for Spain are:

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Iker Casillas 2000– 153 0
2 Xavi 2000– 130 13
3 Andoni Zubizarreta 1985–1998 126 0
4 Sergio Ramos 2005– 115 9
5 Xabi Alonso 2003– 109 15
6 Fernando Torres 2003– 106 36
7 Raúl 1996–2006 102 44
8 Carles Puyol 2000– 100 3
9 David Villa 2005– 94 56
10 Andrés Iniesta 2006– 94 11
  • If a player's name is in bold, that means that they are still playing international football.

Top scorers[change | change source]

# Player Goals Apps Career
1 David Villa 56 94 2005–
2 Raúl González 44 102 1996–2006
3 Fernando Torres 36 106 2003–
4 Fernando Hierro 29 89 1989–2002
5 Fernando Morientes 27 47 1998–
6 Emilio Butragueño 26 69 1984–1992
7 Alfredo di Stéfano 23 31 1957–1961
8 Julio Salinas 22 56 1986–1996
9 Míchel 21 66 1985–1992
10 Telmo Zarra 20 20 1945–1951
10 David Silva 20 77 2006–

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