Spain’s national soccer team is ranked No. 10 in the world by FIFA as of June 2018. “La Roja” play from several stadiums in Spain including the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in Madrid.
Spain Soccer Championships
2010 South Africa champions
UEFA European Championship
2018, 2012, and 1964 champions
Spain National Soccer Team
Spain has been coached by Julen Lopetegui since July 2016. He came from Porto in Portugal and spent his early career in the Spanish youth leagues.
Defender Sergio Ramos is captain.
Of special note is NYCFC (New York City Football Club) attacker David Silva. He is one of the few late-career European players to carry on a high level of play in Major League Soccer where he is the league’s top scorer. Silva was called back up to the national team this year.
Spain Soccer World Cup 2018 Russia ~ Group Stage
Spain competes in World Cup Group B with rivals Portugal.
Portugal 3 – 3 Spain
FIFA Rank: #4 vs #10
Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht in Sochi, Russia
Friday, June 15 at 2 pm ET
A double by Costa with one by Nacho were not enough to beat a Ronaldo triple.
Iran 0 – 1 Spain
FIFA Rank: #37 vs #10
Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia
Wednesday, June 20 at 2 pm ET
Diego Costa found the net at 54 minutes.
Spain vs Morocco
FIFA Rank: #10 vs #41
Monday, June 25 at 2 pm ET
Isco and Aspas found the net for Spain.
Spain Soccer World Cup 2018 ~ Round of 16
Spain 1 – 1 (P) Russia
Stadion Luzhniki in Moscow, Russia
Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 10 am ET
Spain dominates the game but loses on its own timidity. After going ahead on an early own goal by Ignashevich at the 12th minute, Spain played ticky – tacky possession football, but never made it into the goal. That continued through full time and extra time.
In the penalty shootout, Koke missed. On the next penalty, Russia’s Akinfeev jumped the wrong way, but caught the ball with enough of his foot to send the shot away. That was it.