Team Spain in World Cup Football

by on June 24, 2010
in FIFA, Football teams

David Villa

Spain football team made their first appearance in 1934 and have shown up intermittently since then. They turned in their best World Cup performance to date in 1950 when they went home in fourth place after managing wins over powerhouse teams such as the USA, Chile and England to take a spot in the semi-finals. Over the years, the team has encountered a road-bock on their road to a Cup win… the semi-finals.

During Spain’s first World Cup in 1934, the team did manage to make it to the quarterfinals only to be ousted by Italy. In 1954 they missed qualifying thanks to lady luck, since it was coin toss after a tied game with Turkey that kept them out of contention for the Cup that year.

When Spain hosted their first World Cup Tournament, in 1982, many had hoped to see fortune smile upon the home team. They were disappointed. Spain managed only one victory in front of the home crowd, squeaking into the second round before elimination.

1986 was kinder and they managed to work their way into the quarterfinals before elimination. In 1990 the lost in overtime in a second round match with Yugoslavia. Then, once more in 1994, they again faced elimination in a match in the quarterfinals. In 1998, they didn’t fare nearly as well and never made it out of the first round, but four years later they made it to the 2002 quarterfinals again.

All of this see-sawing from finals to quarterfinals to early elimination, and even a coin toss that prevented their making the tournament, Team Spain has yet to taste the sweetness of World Cup victory. With a talented team, they had their hopes set on “high” as they entered this year’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa. With one win and one loss so far in this year’s tournament, they are holding their own in their group. Still, they have a lot of obstacles between them and their first tournament win.

Spain National football team went ahead to win the football World Cup 2010. In 2014, the team was not able to defend its world cup title.

Spain football team is still among best ranked teams in the world while also holding the UEFA European Championship 2008 trophy and 2012 edition. Their consistent play and outstanding performance has thrilled the football world. Here is a little bit about them:

• Nickname: La Furia Roja, meaning “The Red Fury”

• Football association: The Royal Spanish Football Association

• Head coach: Vicente del Bosque

• Captain: Iker Casillas Fernández is going to walk the FIFA World Cup ground leading Spain

• Top scorer: Raul with his 44 goals has been the top scorer for Spain

• Home kit color: Red shirt and blue shorts

• Away kit color: Blue shirt and blue shorts

• Playing in the World Cup since: 1934

• FIFA World Cup wins: Spain is still to claim the FIFA World Cup crown

• Total matches played in FIFA World Cup: Spain has played 49 matches in all

• Total games won: Spain won 22 games at the FIFA World Cup events

Games drawn: Spain has leveled 12 games in this event

• Games lost: Spain lost 15 times in all

• Goals scored: The total number of goal scored by Spain is 80

Spain at the FIFA World Cup 2010

Spain is going to walk with huge confidence in FIFA World Cup 2010 in Group H along Switzerland, Honduras and Chile. Keep your fingers crossed and support your favorite among them.

Spain football team is a team that has waited for forty-four years to win a tournament organized by FIFA and currently placed at number one in FIFA world rankings. They won Euro Cup 2008 by beating Germany by 1-0 in finals. They were shattered by their second round defeat with the hands of France in 2006 at Germany and Coach Louis Aragones rebuilt the side to give life and to win the Euro cup. The world cup qualification record of Spain is of high class. They have never missed a seat of world cup. Their best FIFA world cup came in 1950 when they finished as a fourth team in the list. Unfortunately, they lost in the quarter finals of 1994 and 2002.

But, the recent form of Spain is undoubtedly the best. Since, Euro 2008, they are known to be one of the favorites to win the 2010 world cup because of their performance. Spain has some wise heads on the young shoulders like Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta and Xavi are the classic mid-fielders. David Villa and Fernando Torres are some of the best goal strikers or forwards. The Spain side is a balanced side with youth and experience and 2008 Euro Cup has given the confidence to these classy players to win 2010 Football World Cup. Spain ended up winning the 2010 edition of Football world cup. In 2014, it was again a strong contender for the cup, but Spain did not win the 2014 World cup. 

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One Response to “Team Spain in World Cup Football”
  1. Rabab Khan says:

    Aww! I guess the poor guys should win, but I am supporting the Netherlands team. 🙂

    Good article though, very informative.

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