Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Spanish Team Statistics | History

Spanish Team Statistics | History

The Spanish national team made their international debut at the Olympic Games in Antwerp in 1920 where they ultimately finished  second and collected the silver medal.  Despite their early success, the Spanish side didn’t enter the 1930 World Cup but qualified for the Italy finals four years later.  La Roja made it to the quarter finals where they were eliminated by the eventual winners, Italy, after a replay.  It was after this that Spain went into a lull of sixteen years without playing a competitive match due to the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War.  There first match back was in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil where the Spaniards achieved their highest finish in their history when they came fourth.

Jose Villalonga was appointed manager in 1962 and despite suffering a first round exit in the Chile World Cup the Spanish hit a high when they triumphed on home soil in the 1964 European Championships to lift their first international title.  Having qualified automatically as European Champions the Spanish disappointed once again in the 1966 World Cup being eliminated after the group stage.

The Spanish then entered a period of continual disappointment that could only be matched by their European counterparts, England.  They repeated failed to qualify for tournaments, and those they did reach they failed to make an impression or failed to progress beyond the last eight, with the notable exception of Euro ’84 where they reached the final to be defeated by deserving winners France.  The Spaniards failed to build on this and despite having squads brimming with talent, time after time could not shake their quarter final monkey from their back.

In 2008, a new generation of Spaniards finally delivered.  At the European Championships in Austria and Switzerland, La Roja were able to lay a forty four year ghost to rest.  Controversial coach, Luis Aragones had compiled a young but immensely talented squad, spear headed by mercurial striker Fernando Torres who had just come from a terrific debut season for Liverpool.  Controversially, the outspoken coach had omitted leading scorer Raul to widespread criticism from the Spanish media but justified his decision when Spain, undefeated in the tournament, played with style and flair to take the title and with it elevate them to number one in the FIFA World rankings and install them as early favourites for 2010.

Jose Villalonga was appointed manager in 1962 and despite suffering a first round exit in the Chile World Cup the Spanish hit a high when they triumphed on home soil in the 1964 European Championships to lift their first international title.  The host nation defeated Hungary by two goals to one in the semi final and repeated the trick in the final overcoming the USSR.  Having qualified automatically as European Champions the Spanish disappointed

The Spanish then entered a period of continual disappointment that could only be matched by their European counterparts, England.  They repeatedly failed to qualify for tournaments, and those they did reach they failed to make an impression or failed to progress beyond the last eight, with the notable exception of Euro ’84 where they reached the final to be defeated by deserving winners France.  The Spaniards failed to build on this and despite having squads brimming with talent, time after time could not shake their quarter final monkey from their back.  In 1986, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2006 The Spaniards were eliminated two matches before the final match.  Spanish football was in a trough and this was most noticeable in France 1998 when they failed to progress from the group stage having twice surrendered the lead against the Super Eagles of Nigeria to give the West Africans a deserved lead.

Latest Results: Denmark 0 Spain 3 (Alonso 2, Xavi)

Nickname:  La Seleccion, La Furia Roja (the red fury), La Roja (the red one)

Most Appearances: Antonio Zubizarreta (126)

Leading Goalscorer: Raul (44)

World Ranking: 1

Best World Cup Performances: 12 Appearances: 4th place 1950

UEFA European Championships Performances: 8 Appearances, winners: 1964 & 2008


Spanish Legends:


Raul: 102 caps, 44 goals
Alfredo Di Stefano: 31 caps, 23 goals
Antonio Zubizarreta: 126 caps, 0 goals

Former Managers:


Luis Aragones: 2004-2008
Jose Villalonga: 1962-1966

Future Stars:

Cesc Fabregas:  (Barcelona) 04/05/87
Bojan Krkic:  (Barcelona) 24/08/90

Current Squad:

#
Name
Club
DOB
Caps (goals)
Goalkeepers
1
Iker Casillas (c)
Real Madrid
20 May 1981 (age 27)
82 (0)
13
Andrés Palop
Sevilla
22 October 1973 (age 34)
0 (0)
23
José Manuel Reina
Liverpool
31 August 1982 (age 25)
10 (0)
Defenders
2
Raúl Albiol
Valencia
4 September 1985 (age 22)
6 (0)
3
Fernando Navarro
Sevilla
25 June 1982 (age 26)
2 (0)
4
Carlos Marchena
Valencia
31 July 1979 (age 28)
47 (2)
5
Carles Puyol
Barcelona
13 April 1978 (age 30)
66 (1)
11
Joan Capdevila
Villarreal
3 February 1978 (age 30)
23 (3)
15
Sergio Ramos
Real Madrid
30 March 1986 (age 22)
39 (4)
18
Álvaro Arbeloa
Liverpool
17 January 1983 (age 25)
3 (0)
20
Juanito Gutiérrez
Real Betis
23 July 1976 (age 31)
23 (2)
Midfielders
6
Andrés Iniesta
Barcelona
11 May 1984 (age 24)
29 (5)
8
Xavi Hernández
Barcelona
25 January 1980 (age 28)
62 (7)
10
Cesc Fàbregas
Arsenal
4 May 1987 (age 21)
32 (1)
12
Santi Cazorla
Villarreal
13 December 1984 (age 23)
7 (0)
14
Xabi Alonso
Liverpool
25 November 1981 (age 26)
47 (1)
16
Sergio García
Zaragoza
9 June 1983 (age 25)
2 (0)
19
Marcos Senna
Villarreal
17 July 1976 (age 31)
16 (0)
21
David Silva
Valencia
8 January 1986 (age 22)
19 (3)
22
Rubén de la Red
Real Madrid
5 June 1985 (age 23)
3 (1)
Strikers
7
David Villa
Valencia
3 December 1981 (age 26)
35 (18)
9
Fernando Torres
Liverpool
20 March 1984 (age 24)
54 (17)
17
Dani Güiza
Fenerbahçe
17 August 1980 (age 27)
8 (2)

Current Manager: Vincente Del Bosque

Current Stars:

Fernando Torres (Liverpool) 54 caps, 17 goals
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) 82 caps, 0 goals
David Villa (Valencia) 35 caps, 18 goals




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