Spain national football team

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Spain
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)
  • La Furia Roja (The Red Fury)[1][2]
  • La Furia (The Fury)
  • La Furia Española (The Spanish Fury)
  • La Roja (The Red [One])
Association Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Vicente del Bosque
Captain Iker Casillas
Most caps Iker Casillas (153)
Top scorer David Villa (56)
FIFA code ESP
FIFA ranking 1
Highest FIFA ranking 1 (July 2008 – June 2009, October 2009 – March 2010, July 2010 – July 2011, October 2011–present)
Lowest FIFA ranking 25 (March 1998)
Elo ranking 2
Highest Elo ranking 1 (Sept 1920 – May 1924, Sept – Dec 1925, June 2002, June 2008 – June 2009, July 2010 - June 2013, September 2013)
Lowest Elo ranking 20 (June 1969, June 1981, November 1991)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Spain 1–0 Denmark 
(Brussels, Belgium; 28 August 1920)
Biggest win
 Spain 13–0 Bulgaria 
(Madrid, Spain; 21 May 1933)
Biggest defeat
 Italy 7–1 Spain 
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 4 June 1928)
 England 7–1 Spain 
(London, England; 9 December 1931)
World Cup
Appearances 14 (First in 1934)
Best result Winners, 2010
European Championship
Appearances 9 (First in 1964)
Best result Winners, 1964, 2008 and 2012
Summer Olympics
Appearances 10 (First in 1920)
Best result Winners, 1992
Confederations Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 2009)
Best result Runners-up, 2013

The Spain national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de España)[a] represents Spain in International association football and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Spain. The current head coach is Vicente del Bosque. 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") or simply La Furia ("The Fury").[4][5] Spain became a member of FIFA in 1904 even though the Spanish Football Federation was first established in 1909. Spain's national team debuted in 1920. Since then the Spanish national team have participated in a total of thirteen of nineteen FIFA World Cup and nine of fourteen European Championships. It has a total of 73 international titles in senior and youth teams.

Spain are the reigning World and European champions, having won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. The national team are currently ranked number 2 in the World Football Elo Ratings[6] and 1 in the FIFA World Ranking. They also won Euro 2008, making them the only national team so far with three consecutive wins of either the applicable continental championship or the World Cup. Between November 2006 and June 2009 Spain went undefeated for a record-equaling 35 consecutive matches before their loss to the United States, a record shared with Brazil. Its achievements have led many commentators, experts and former players to consider the current Spanish side among the best ever international sides in world football.[7][8][9][10][11]

History[edit]

The first Spain national football team was constituted in 1920, with the main objective of finding a team that would represent Spain at the Summer Olympics held in Belgium in that same year. Spain made their debut at the tournament on August 28, 1920 against the national team of Denmark (runners-up in the last 2 previous Olympic tournament). The Spanish managed to win that match by a scoreline of 1–0. Spain went on to win the silver medal at the Olympics and their first international silverware at any tournament.

The Spanish Civil War and World War II prevented Spain from playing any competitive matches between the 1934 World Cup and the 1950 World Cup qualifiers. At the finals in Brazil, they topped their group to progress to the final round. Spain finished in fourth place. Until 2010, this had been Spain's highest finish in a FIFA World Cup finals, which had given them the name of the "underachievers."

Spain won its first major international title after winning the 1964 European Championship held in Spain. Spain advanced to the final against the Soviet Union. Spain won the final by the score of 2–1. The victory would stand as Spain's lone major title for 44 years.

Spain was selected as host of the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Expectations were high for Spain as the host nation under coach José Santamaría. Spain progressed to the second round, but Spain were knocked out, and Santamaría was sacked. Spain qualified for the 1986 World Cup. Spain progressed to the next round. Round 2 paired Spain with Denmark, who they overcame 5–1, but in the quarterfinals a 1–1 draw with Belgium ended with Belgium winning 5–4 on penalties.

Javier Clemente was appointed as Spain's coach in 1992, and the qualification for the 1994 World Cup was achieved. Spain drew with Korea Republic 2–2 and 1–1 with Germany, before qualifying for the second round with a 3–1 victory over Bolivia. Spain continued through the second round with a 3–0 victory over Switzerland, but their tournament ended with a controversial 2–1 defeat to Italy in the quarter-finals.

In the 2002 World Cup Spain won its three group play matches. Spain beat Republic of Ireland on penalties in the second round, and faced co-hosts Korea Republic in the quarterfinals. In a controversial match, Spain eventually lost in a penalty shootout after having two goals called back for alleged infractions during regular and extra time.[12]

In the Euro 2008, Spain won all their games in Group D. Italy were the opponents in the quarter final match, and in a penalty shoot-out which Spain won 4–2. Spain met Russia again in the semi-final, beating them 3–0.[13] In the final, Spain defeated Germany 1–0.[14] This was Spain's first major title since the 1964 European Championship. Xavi was awarded the player of the tournament.[15]

Spain against Portugal in a the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The style of play of Spain is Tiki-taka.
Spain, champions of the UEFA Euro 2008.
Spain, champions of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Spain, champions of the UEFA Euro 2012.

In the 2010 World Cup, Spain advanced to the knock-out stage to defeat Portugal 1–0, reaching the quarter-finals, in which they defeated Paraguay 1–0, reaching the last four for the first time since 1950. They then advanced to the final for the first time ever by defeating Germany 1–0. In the World Cup final against the Netherlands, Andrés Iniesta scored, winning the World Cup for Spain for the first time in their history. Spain are only the second team to win a World Cup outside their own continent, and the only European team to win the World Cup outside of Europe. Goalkeeper Iker Casillas won the golden glove for only conceding two goals during the tournament. David Villa won the bronze ball and silver boot, tied for top scorer of the tournament.


Team image[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

Spain's qualifying matches and friendlies are currently televised by TVE & Telecinco.

Colours[edit]

Spain's traditional kit is a red jersey with yellow trim, accompanied by dark blue shorts and socks while their current away kit is a sky blue shirt with a stripe in the chest area and navy trim accompanied by white shorts with navy trim. The colour of the socks altered throughout the 1990s from black to the same colour as the blue shorts. Spain's kits have been produced by manufacturers including Adidas (from 1982 until 1984), Le Coq Sportif (from 1984 until 1992) and Adidas once again (since 1992).

Their current home kit is a lighter red than usual along with light blue shorts and red socks, similar to the older 2006 kit.[16] A third kit is sometimes used and is usually blue with red and yellow trim. Rather than displaying the logo of the Spanish football federation, Spain's jersey traditionally features the coat of arms of Spain over the left breast. After winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the World Cup winners badge was added to the right breast of the jersey and a golden star at the top of the Spanish coat of arms.

Style of play[edit]

We have the same idea as each other. Keep the ball, create movement around and off the ball, get in the spaces to cause danger.

Xabi Alonso (Spanish midfielder)[17]

Tiki-taka is above all, a systems approach to football founded upon team unity and a comprehensive understanding in the geometry of space on a football field.[18]

Tiki-taka has been variously described as "a style of play based on making your way to the back of the net through short passing and movement,"[19] a "short passing style in which the ball is worked carefully through various channels,"[20] and a "nonsensical phrase that has come to mean short passing, patience and possession above all else."[21] The style involves roaming movement and positional interchange amongst midfielders, moving the ball in intricate patterns,[22] and sharp, one or two-touch passing.[17] Tiki-taka is "both defensive and offensive in equal measure" – the team is always in possession, so doesn't need to switch between defending and attacking.[23] Commentators have contrasted tiki-taka with "route one physicality"[19] and with the higher-tempo passing of Arsène Wenger's 2007–08 Arsenal side, which employed Cesc Fàbregas as the only channel between defence and attack.[20] Tiki-taka is associated with flair, creativity, and touch,[24] but can also be taken to a "slow, directionless extreme" that sacrifices effectiveness for aesthetics.[21]

Tiki-taka has been used successfully by the Spanish national team to win UEFA Euro 2008, 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012.

Sid Lowe identifies Luis Aragonés' tempering of tiki-taka with pragmatism as a key factor in Spain's success in Euro 2008. Aragonés used tiki-taka to "protect a defense that appeared suspect [...], maintain possession and dominate games" without taking the style to "evangelical extremes." None of Spain's first six goals in the tournament came from tiki-taka: five came from direct breaks and one from a set play.[21] For Lowe, Spain's success in the 2010 World Cup was evidence of the meeting of two traditions in Spanish football: the "powerful, aggressive, direct" style that earned the silver medal-winning 1920 Antwerp Olympics team the nickname La Furia Roja ("The Red Fury"), and the tiki-taka style of the contemporary Spanish team, which focused on a collective, short-passing, technical and possession-based game.[25]

Analyzing Spain's semi-final victory over Germany at the 2010 World Cup, Honigstein described the Spanish team's tiki-taka style as "the most difficult version of football possible: an uncompromising passing game, coupled with intense, high pressing." For Honigstein, tiki-taka is "a significant upgrade" of Total Football because it relies on ball movement rather than players switching position. Tiki-taka allowed Spain to "control both the ball and the opponent."[23]

Home stadium[edit]

Spain does not have a national stadium as such, though major qualifying matches are usually played at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid. Other large grounds used include the Estadio Vicente Calderón, also in Madrid, and the Mestalla in Valencia. Spain are unbeaten in competitive matches played at the Calderón. Some international friendlies are played in these larger stadia, as well as the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in Seville.

Other friendly matches, as well as qualifying fixtures against less glamorous opponents are played in provincial stadia. Ground recently used include the Riazor in A Coruña, the Estadio Nueva Condomina in Murcia, the Estadio Carlos Belmonte in Albacete and the Estadio Romano in Mérida. Occasionally, matches are played off mainland Spain; their final UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying match against Northern Ireland was played at the Estadio Gran Canaria in Las Palmas, on the Canary Islands.

In their final Euro 2012 qualifier against Scotland, Alicante staged their first Spain International for 20 years.

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Spain Vicente del Bosque
Assistant coach Spain José Antonio Grande
Goalkeeping coach Spain José Manuel Ochotorena
Trainer Spain Francisco Javier Miñano Espín

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called for the friendly match against Italy on 5 March 2014.
Caps and goals are correct as of 5 March 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Iker Casillas (c) (1981-05-20) 20 May 1981 (age 32) 153 0 Spain Real Madrid
23 1GK Pepe Reina (1982-08-31) 31 August 1982 (age 31) 30 0 Italy Napoli
12 1GK Víctor Valdés (1982-01-14) 14 January 1982 (age 32) 20 0 Spain Barcelona
15 2DF Sergio Ramos (1986-03-30) 30 March 1986 (age 28) 115 9 Spain Real Madrid
2 2DF Raúl Albiol (1985-09-04) 4 September 1985 (age 28) 45 0 Italy Napoli
18 2DF Jordi Alba (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 25) 25 5 Spain Barcelona
17 2DF Juanfran (1985-01-09) 9 January 1985 (age 29) 6 1 Spain Atlético Madrid
3 2DF César Azpilicueta (1989-08-28) 28 August 1989 (age 24) 5 0 England Chelsea
8 3MF Xavi Hernández (1980-01-25) 25 January 1980 (age 34) 130 13 Spain Barcelona
14 3MF Xabi Alonso (1981-11-25) 25 November 1981 (age 32) 109 15 Spain Real Madrid
6 3MF Andrés Iniesta (1984-05-11) 11 May 1984 (age 29) 94 11 Spain Barcelona
10 3MF Cesc Fàbregas (1987-05-04) 4 May 1987 (age 26) 87 13 Spain Barcelona
21 3MF David Silva (1986-01-08) 8 January 1986 (age 28) 78 20 England Manchester City
16 3MF Sergio Busquets (1988-07-16) 16 July 1988 (age 25) 63 0 Spain Barcelona
20 3MF Santi Cazorla (1984-12-13) 13 December 1984 (age 29) 61 10 England Arsenal
22 3MF Jesús Navas (1985-11-21) 21 November 1985 (age 28) 34 3 England Manchester City
4 3MF Javi Martínez (1988-09-02) 2 September 1988 (age 25) 15 0 Germany Bayern Munich
5 3MF Koke (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 22) 7 0 Spain Atlético Madrid
11 4FW Pedro Rodríguez (1987-07-28) 28 July 1987 (age 26) 37 14 Spain Barcelona
9 4FW Álvaro Negredo (1985-08-20) 20 August 1985 (age 28) 20 10 England Manchester City
19 4FW Diego Costa (1988-10-07) 7 October 1988 (age 25) 1 0 Spain Atlético Madrid

Recent callups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Gerard Piqué (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 27) 59 4 Spain Barcelona v.  South Africa, 19 November 2013
DF Álvaro Arbeloa (1983-01-17) 17 January 1983 (age 31) 56 0 Spain Real Madrid v.  South Africa, 19 November 2013
DF Nacho Monreal (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 28) 16 0 England Arsenal v.  South Africa, 19 November 2013
DF Iñigo Martínez (1991-05-17) 17 May 1991 (age 22) 2 0 Spain Real Sociedad v.  South Africa, 19 November 2013
DF Alberto Moreno (1992-07-05) 5 July 1992 (age 21) 2 0 Spain Sevilla v.  South Africa, 19 November 2013
MF Juan Mata (1988-04-28) 28 April 1988 (age 25) 31 9 England Manchester United v.  South Africa, 19 November 2013
MF Isco (1992-04-21) 21 April 1992 (age 21) 2 0 Spain Real Madrid v.  Georgia, 15 October 2013
FW David Villa (1981-12-03) 3 December 1981 (age 32) 94 56 Spain Atlético Madrid v.  South Africa, 19 November 2013
FW Fernando Llorente (1985-02-26) 26 February 1985 (age 29) 23 7 Italy Juventus v.  South Africa, 19 November 2013
FW Roberto Soldado (1985-05-27) 27 May 1985 (age 28) 12 7 England Tottenham Hotspur v.  Chile, 10 September 2013

Results and fixtures[edit]

For all past match results of the national team, see single-season articles and the team's results page

The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the current or upcoming seasons.

Records[edit]

Iker Casillas holds the record for most appearances for the Spanish team with 152 since 2000. He is one of eight Spanish player to have reached 100 caps. Xavi Hernández is second, having played 130 times since 2000. Andoni Zubizarreta played for Spain 126 times between 1985–1998 and is the third most capped player.

David Villa holds the title of Spain's highest goalscorer, scoring 56 goals since 2005, during which time he played for Spain on 95 occasions. Raúl González is the second highest goalscorer, scoring 44 goals in 102 appearances between 1996–2006. Fernando Torres is the third highest goalscorer with 36 goals in 106 appearances since 2003.

Between November 2006 and June 2009 Spain went undefeated for a record-equaling 35 consecutive matches before their loss to the United States in the Confederations Cup, a record shared with Brazil, and included a record 15-game winning streak. In the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Spain became the first European national team to lift the World Cup trophy outside of Europe; along with Brazil, Spain is one of two national teams to have won the FIFA World Cup outside of its home continent.

Competitive record[edit]

For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page.

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not enter Declined to participate
Italy 1934 Quarter-Finals 5th 3 1 1 1 4 3 2 2 0 0 11 1
France 1938 Withdrew Qualified but withdrew due to civil war
Brazil 1950 Fourth Place 4th 6 3 1 2 10 12 2 2 0 0 7 3
Switzerland 1954 Did Not Qualify 3 1 1 1 6 3
Sweden 1958 4 2 1 1 12 8
Chile 1962 Group Stage 13th 3 1 0 2 2 3 4 3 1 0 7 4
England 1966 10th 3 1 0 2 4 5 3 2 0 1 5 2
Mexico 1970 Did Not Qualify 6 2 2 2 10 6
West Germany 1974 5 2 2 1 8 5
Argentina 1978 Group Stage 10th 3 1 1 1 2 2 4 3 0 1 4 1
Spain 1982 Round 2 12th 5 1 2 2 4 5 Qualified as host
Mexico 1986 Quarter-Finals 7th 5 3 1 1 11 4 6 4 0 2 9 8
Italy 1990 Round of 16 10th 4 2 1 1 6 4 8 6 1 1 20 3
United States 1994 Quarter-Finals 8th 5 2 2 1 10 6 12 8 3 1 27 4
France 1998 Group Stage 17th 3 1 1 1 8 4 10 8 2 0 26 6
South Korea Japan 2002 Quarter-Finals 5th 5 3 2 0 10 5 8 6 2 0 21 4
Germany 2006 Round of 16 9th 4 3 0 1 9 4 12 6 6 0 25 5
South Africa 2010 Champions 1st 7 6 0 1 8 2 10 10 0 0 28 5
Brazil 2014 Qualified 8 6 2 0 14 3
Total 14/20 1 Title 56 28 12 16 88 59

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record Confederations Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D * L GF GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did Not Qualify N/A
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997
Mexico 1999
South Korea Japan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009 Third Place 3rd 5 4 0 1 11 4 Qualified as Euro Champions
Brazil 2013 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 15 4 Qualified as World & Euro Champions
Total 2/9 6th place 10 7 1 2 26 8

UEFA European Championship[edit]

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Withdrew Declined to play the Soviet Union
Spain 1964 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 4 2 6 4 1 1 16 5
Italy 1968 Did Not Qualify 8 3 2 3 7 5
Belgium 1972 6 3 2 1 14 3
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 8 3 4 1 11 9
Italy 1980 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 4 6 4 1 1 13 5
France 1984 Runners-up 2nd 5 1 3 1 4 5 8 6 1 1 24 8
West Germany 1988 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 3 5 6 5 0 1 14 8
Sweden 1992 Did Not Qualify 7 3 0 4 17 12
England 1996 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 1 3 0 4 3 10 8 2 0 25 4
Belgium Netherlands 2000 5th 4 2 0 2 7 7 8 7 0 1 42 5
Portugal 2004 Group Stage 10th 3 1 1 1 2 2 10 7 2 1 21 5
Austria Switzerland 2008 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 12 3 12 9 1 2 23 8
Poland Ukraine 2012 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 12 1 8 8 0 0 26 6
France 2016 To Be Determined To Be Determined
Total 9/14 3 Titles 36 17 11 8 50 32 105 72 16 17 260 83

Summer Olympics[edit]

Olympics Record
Year Host Round Pos. GP W D L GS GA
1920 Belgium Antwerp Silver Medal 2nd 5 4 0 1 9 5
1924 France Paris Round 1 17th 1 0 0 1 0 1
1928 Netherlands Amsterdam Quarter-Finals 6th 3 1 1 1 9 9
1936 Nazi Germany Berlin Withdrew
1948 United Kingdom London Did Not Qualify
1952 Finland Helsinki
1956 Australia Melbourne
1960 Italy Rome
1964 Japan Tokyo
1968 Mexico Mexico City Quarter-Finals 5th 4 2 1 1 4 2
1972 West Germany Munich Did Not Qualify
1976 Canada Montreal Group Stage 13th 2 0 0 2 1 3
1980 Soviet Union Moscow Group Stage 10th 3 0 3 0 2 2
1984 United States Los Angeles Did Not Qualify
1988 South Korea Seoul
1992 SpainBarcelona Gold Medal 1st 6 6 0 0 14 2
1996 United States Atlanta Quarter-Finals 6th 4 2 1 1 5 7
2000 Australia Sydney Silver Medal 2nd 6 4 1 1 12 6
2004 Greece Athens Did Not Qualify
2008 China Beijing
2012 United Kingdom London Group Stage 14th 3 0 1 2 0 2
Total 11/21 3 Medals 37 19 7 10 56 39
*Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Since 1968, Spain has sent its under 23 national team.

Mediterranean Games[edit]

Mediterranean Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
Egypt 1951 Did Not Qualify
Spain 1955 Runners-Up 2nd 3 2 1 0 6 2
Lebanon 1959 Did Not Qualify
Italy 1963 Third Place 3rd 5 3 2 0 15 5
Tunisia 1967 Third Place 3rd 5 2 2 1 7 5
Turkey 1971 Did Not Enter[26]
Algeria 1975
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1979
Morocco 1983
Syria 1987
Greece 1991
France 1993
Italy 1997 Fourth Place 4th 4 1 1 2 2 4
Tunisia 2001 Did Not Qualify
Spain 2005 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 9 1
Italy 2009 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 9 4
Turkey 2013 Did Not Enter
Total 7/19 2 Titles 25 14 8 3 72 27

Resource: The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

Honours[edit]

Competition 1 2 3 Total
Olympic Games 1 2 0 3
Confederations Cup 0 1 1 2
World Championship 1 0 0 1
European Championship 3 1 0 4
Universiade 1 0 0 1
Mediterranean Games 2 1 2 5
Total 8 5 3 16
This is a list of honours for the senior Spanish national team

FIFA World Cup

  • Winners (1): 2010
  • Fourth Place (1): 1950

UEFA European Championship

FIFA Confederations Cup

  • Runner-up (1): 2013
  • Third Place (1): 2009

Summer Olympics

Mediterranean Games

Other Awards[edit]

  • Winners (1): 2010
  • Winners (1): 2011
Unofficial Awards
  • Winners (3): 2008, 2010, 2012
  • Winners (1): 2010
  • Winners (1): 2012
  • Holders (5): 11 June 1961 – 31 May 1962, 12 January 1972 – 2 May 1973, 18 June 1986 – 22 June 1986, 28 March 2001 – 27 March 2002, 11 July 2010 – 7 September 2010

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Spanish pronunciation:
    Selección de fútbol de España [seleɣˈθjon de ˈfuðβol de esˈpaɲa]
    La Roja [la ˈroxa]
    La Furia Roja [la ˈfuɾja ˈroxa]
    La Furia [la ˈfuɾja]
    La Furia Española [la ˈfuɾja espaˈɲola]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b 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.
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  15. ^ Spanish players named in the team of the tournament were: goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas, defenders Carles Puyol, Carlos Marchena, midfielders Xavi, Cesc Fàbregas, Andrés Iniesta, Marcos Senna and strikers David Villa and Fernando Torres.
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  26. ^ From 1963 to 1993 Spain participated with its amateur team

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