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Spain national football team

Spain national football team
National Football Team
Nickname   (The Red [One])
  (The Red Fury)    
AssociationRoyal Spanish Football Federation
(Real Federación Española de Fútbol RFEF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachVicente del Bosque
CaptainIker Casillas
Most capsAndoni Zubizarreta (126)
Top scorerDavid Villa (49)
FIFA ranking1
Highest FIFA ranking1 (July 2008 June 2009, October 2009 March 2010, July 2010 - August 2011, September 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking26 (March 1998)
Elo ranking1
Highest Elo ranking1 (Sept 1920 May 1924, Sept Dec 1925, June 2002, June 2008 June 2009, July 2010)
Lowest Elo ranking20 (June 1969, June 1981, November 1991)
World Cup Statistics
First internationalSpain 1 0 Denmark
(Brussels, Belgium; 28 August 1920)
Biggest winSpain 13 0 Bulgaria Bulgaria
(Spain; 21 May 1933)
Biggest defeatItaly 7 1 Spain
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 4 June 1928)
England 7 1 Spain
(London, England; 9 December 1931)
Appearances13|World cup first=1934
First World Cup1934
Best resultWinners, 2010
Regional cup statistics
European Championship
First apps.1964
Best resultWinners, 1964, 2008
Confederations Cup Statistics
First apps.2009
Best result3rd place, 2009

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The Spain national football team 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 Furia Roja' (The Red Fury) or 'La Roja' (The Red [One]).

Spain are the current reigning World and European champions, having won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship. Spain also won the 1964 European Nations' Cup and reached the UEFA Euro 1984 Final. In July 2008 Spain rose to the top of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time in the team's history, becoming the sixth nation to top this ranking, and the first nation to top the ranking without previously having won the World Cup. Between November 2006 and June 2009 Spain went undefeated for a record-tying 35 consecutive matches before their loss to the United States, a record shared with Brazil, including a record 15-game winning streak and thus earning third place in the FIFA Confederations Cup. Recently, the team has become known for using a style of play which involves roaming movement and positional interchange amongst midfielders, moving the ball in intricate patterns, and sharp, one- or two-touch passing; this style of play has been dubbed Tiki-taka (or Tiqui-taca). The success of Spain in recent times and their style of play, has helped the Spanish team become a dominant force in World Football.

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