Spain national football team

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Spain national football team

Spain national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de España) is the national football team of Spain. The current head coach is Luis Enrique. 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 of 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 three-time European champions, having won the UEFA Euro 2012, UEFA Euro 2008, and 1964 European Championship. From November 2006 through June 2009 Spain went undefeated for 35 matches, a record shared with Brazil. Spain are one of the eight national teams to have won the FIFA World Cup; they won their first at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when they defeated the Netherlands 1–0 after extra time. Andrés Iniesta scored the winning goal in the 116th minute.

The team's achievements have led to many commentators and football experts naming them one of the best international sides in football history.

Most appearances[change | change source]

As of 27 June 2016
# Player Period Caps Goals
1 Iker Casillas 2000– 167 0
2 Sergio Ramos 2005– 136 10
3 Xavi 2000–2014 133 12
4 Andoni Zubizarreta 1985–1998 126 0
5 Xabi Alonso 2003–2014 114 16
6 Andrés Iniesta 2006– 113 13
7 Cesc Fàbregas 2006– 110 15
Fernando Torres 2003– 110 38
9 David Silva 2006– 103 24
10 Raúl 1996–2006 102 44
  • If a player's name is in bold, that means that they are still playing international football.

Top scorers[change | change source]

As of 27 June 2016
# Player Period Goals Caps Average
1 David Villa 2005–2014 59 97 0.61
2 Raúl 1996–2006 44 102 0.43
3 Fernando Torres 2003– 38 110 0.35
4 Fernando Hierro 1989–2002 29 89 0.33
5 Fernando Morientes 1998–2007 27 47 0.57
6 Emilio Butragueño 1984–1992 26 69 0.38
7 David Silva 2006–2016 24 103 0.23
8 Alfredo Di Stefano 1957–1961 23 31 0.74
9 Julio Salinas 1986–1996 22 56 0.39
10 Míchel 1985–1992 21 66 0.32

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Since 1992, squads for Football at the Summer Olympics have been restricted to three players over the age of 23. The achievements of such teams are not usually included in the statistics of the international team.