Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Spain National Football Team History and Their Present Ranking -1

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Spain National Football Team Achievement and Their Popularity In the World-

Nickname(s) La Roja (The Red [One])
La Furia Roja (The Red Fury)
Association Royal Spanish Football Federation
(Real Federación Española de Fútbol – RFEF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Vicente del Bosque
Captain Iker Casillas
Most caps Iker Casillas (137)
Top scorer David Villa (51)
FIFA ranking 1 steady
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 steady 1
Highest Elo ranking 1 (Sept 1920 – May 1924, Sept – Dec 1925, June 2002, June 2008 – June 2009, July 2010 – present)
Lowest Elo ranking 20 (June 1969, June 1981, November 1991)

Home colours

Away 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 13 (First in 1934)
Best result Winners, 2010
European Championship
Appearances 9 (First in 1964)
Best result Winners, 1964, 2008, 2012
Summer Olympics
Appearances 10 (First in 1920)
Best result Winners, 1992
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2009)
Best result Third place, 2009

The Spain national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de España) 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") or La Furia Roja ("The Red Fury").

The players of the Spain football team have celebrated their historic success in the 2012 European Championship with their followers in the Spanish capital city of Madrid.

Spain defeated Italy 4-0 in Sunday's final played in Kiev to make history by becoming the only team to defend their European title, while also winning the World Cup in between the two competitions.

The plane carrying the Spain team arrived at Madrid's Barajas Airport from Kiev just before 4 p.m. local time and the squad left for the Royal Palace of the Zarzuela just over an hour later.

King Juan Carlos of Spain congratulated the players and coach Vicente del Bosque one by one for their success, while Spain captain Iker Casillas gave the King a commemorative shirt.

The team then took an open-topped-bus to travel through the packed streets of the capital to the Plaza Cibeles in the center of Madrid.

The sheer volume of hundreds of thousands of supporters lining the streets meant the journey took much longer than expected, but nobody seemed to mind as everyone joined in the celebrations. Even the firemen, who used their hoses to help ensure that none of the supporters suffered too much from the heat.

The bus finally reached Cibeles, where thousands more fans were waiting. There the players were finally able to get off the bus and receive the applause they so richly deserve.

The highlight of the celebration was reserve goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who showed what an important member of the squad he is for helping keep morale high, with a magnificent and entertaining speech in which he introduced his companions, some of whom may have enjoyed a couple of drinks, to the fans.

Spain are the current reigning World and European champions, having won the 2010 World Cup and the Euro 2012 as well as the Euro 2008. They are the first European team to win two consecutive European championships, and the only international nation to have won three successive major international tournaments.

from- From Wikipedia

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