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It is the most successful nation in the competition in the 21st century. Coached by Luis Enrique, the Iberian team will once again be a contender for the final victory at Euro 2020.
🔎 Euro 2020: Spain in a nutshell
After disappointing outcomes at Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, two competitions in which they were knocked out during the round of 16, Spain seems to be making a comeback.
In the Euro 2020 qualifiers, La Roja finished top of their group without suffering a single defeat. Although the most difficult opponent was Sweden, their performance was still noteworthy. With 31 goals scored and only 5 conceded, they finished with the best attack and the best defence in their group.
While the Spanish team seemed to be getting older, it has recently been revitalised thanks to many young talents (Pedri, Fati, F.Torres…) whilst keeping its historical leaders (Busquets, Jordi Alba…).
👥 Spain’s lineup: Euro 2020-2021
Everyone remembers the brilliant and dominant Spanish team that won three consecutive major trophies (2008, 2010, 2012). With many of their players having since retired, the team has been reformed, assembling an incredibly strong group of players. This year, La Roja will be keen to make up for their recent failures.
Spain’s 26-man Squad
Luis Enrique has chosen to name a list of 24 players who will accompany him to the European Championships in June. There are a few surprises in this lineup, with the absence of Real Madrid players, and Aymeric Laporte’s presence for the first time.
- Goalkeepers: David De Gea – Unai Simon – Robert Sanchez
- Defenders: Jordi Alba – Aymeric Laporte – Éric Garcia – Pau Torres – Diego Llorente – Cesar Azpilicueta – José Gaya – Marcos Llorente
- Midfielders: Sergio Busquets – Rodri – Pedri – Thiago Alcantara- Koke – Fabian Ruiz
- Forwards: Dani Olmo – Alvaro Morata – Ferran Torres – Gerard Moreno – Mikel Oyarzabal – Adama Traoré – Pablo Sarabia
🚨 OFICIAL | ¡¡¡NUESTRA SELECCIÓN!!!
🇪🇸 Estos son los 24 futbolistas que defenderán los colores de la @SeFutbol en la #EURO2020.
💪🏻 ¡¡Vuestro grito de ánimo será nuestra energía en la lucha por el Campeonato de Europa!!#SomosEspaña #SomosFederación pic.twitter.com/KY87e0im3p
— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) May 24, 2021
Luis Enrique in 4-3-3
The Spanish coach has implemented a 4-3-3 formation with La Roja, as he did with Barça. Like many coaches today, Luis Enrique wanted to revitalise his squad. The Iberian team was dominant in the 2010s but then suffered from its key players getting older. In fact, the ex-Barça coach regularly selects young players from Spain’s golden generation (Fati, Torres, Rodri…). Of course, he also regularly relies on indispensable players such as Sergio Busquets, however the defensive midfielder is expected to be unavailable for the start of the tournament.
👕 Spain’s jerseys
Two shirts with patterns. La Rioja played the originality card.
🗓️ Spain’s match schedule (Group E)
Spain is in Group E at Euro 2020. They will be up against Poland, Slovakia and Sweden.
Spain is a favourite but will have to be wary of their three opponents, who appear to be of a fairly evenly-matched standard.
🏃Spain’s preparation for the Euro
The Spanish national team finished in first place in their Euro 2020 qualifying group, ahead of Sweden. They didn’t suffer any defeats and won 8 of their 10 games. It was a solid performance.
Euro 2020 Qualification Results
The Nations League group stage was more mixed although Spain finished top of their group with a 6-0 win over Germany.
Nations League Results
- 03.09.20 – Germany 1 – 1 Spain
- 06.09.20 – Spain 4 – 0 Ukraine
- 10.10.20 – Spain 1 – 0 Switzerland
- 13.10.20 – Ukraine 1 – 0 Spain
- 14.11.20 – Switzerland 1 -1 Spain
- 17.11.20 – Spain 6 – 0 Germany
Three Qualifying Matches for the 2022 World Cup
Like all European nations, Spain will have to play three qualifying matches for the next World Cup in the summer of 2022. Against Greece, Kosovo and Georgia, La Roja should not have too much trouble to come out on top of their group. In addition, just before the Euro, they will face Portugal in a friendly match as a final rehearsal.
- 25.03.21 – Spain 1 – 1 Greece
- 28.03.21 – Georgia 1 – 2 Spain
- 31.03.21 – Spain 3 – 1 Kosovo
- 04.06.21 – Spain – Portugal
⭐ The Star Player at Euro 2020: Sergio Ramos
The star of the Iberian team. This central defender with 178 caps for the national team is undoubtedly Spain’s star player.
A true charismatic leader, the Madrilenian continues to cover the turf with his talent and drive. He also has one of the best records in world football, with one World Cup, two Euros, four Champions Leagues and three European Supercups. At 34 years old and at the end of his contract with Real Madrid, many clubs are still interested in acquiring his services.
His absence is also felt when he is injured or absent. Luis Enrique is probably aware of this and will certainly trust his soldier to perform at the Euro.
👟 The player to Warch at Euro 2020: Pedri
The 18-year-old Barcelona midfielder is one of this season’s La Liga sensations. Having already played 28 games in the current campaign, Pedri has continued to dazzle and has earned the unanimous support of all observers. Recruited from Las Palmas, the player seems to be integrating perfectly into the Catalan midfield and developing a technical connection with his team’s stars.
Seen as the future of the Barcelona club, he could also quickly establish himself as the future of the national team. As proof of him blossoming at the highest level, his market value has risen from €5m in 2019 to around €70m today.
Cabeza arriba y a seguir adelante. Anoche creímos y lo peleamos hasta el final, como vamos a hacer con todas las competiciones 💯
Muy orgulloso de formar parte de este equipo 💥 #FORCABARCA 🔵🔴 #VISCAELBARCA pic.twitter.com/DyQTfEpxCi
— Pedri González (@Pedri) March 11, 2021
📚 Spain’s Euro Stats and History
The Spanish will be keen to make up for their last two failures in international competition (2016, 2018). They will also be returning to a tournament in which they have previously excelled.
Spain’s Euro Statistics
- 3: Spain is the most successful nation in the event (along with Germany)
- With 8 appearances, they are the third most successful team at the Euro
- They have played 50 games: winning 24, drawing 13 and losing 13
- The team is formidable offensively (73 goals), but also fragile defensively (46 goals conceded)
Spanish Players’ Individual Statistics at the Euro
- 5: Fernando Torres and Amancio Amoro are the best Spanish scorers in the competition with 5 goals
- 16: With 16 games played, Cesc Fabregas is the Iberian player who has played the most games at the Euro
- 5: Fabregas is also the best passer for La Roja in the competition
🥊 Spain’s main opponents
Spain will be in Group E at Euro 2020. They are the favourites to win the group, which includes Sweden, Poland and Slovakia.
This surprising Scandinavian nation achieved honourable results at the 2018 World Cup, finally eliminated by the Germans at the very last minute.
➡ All about Sweden 🇸🇪 at Euro 2020-2021
This Eastern European nation has one of the world’s top scorers: Robert Lewandowski. With a quality squad, they look best placed to finish second.
➡ All about Poland 🇵🇱 at Euro 2020-2021
This team, led by Marek Hamsik, is the underdog in the group. Having qualified after the playoffs, the Slovaks will play their hearts out to try and upset the pecking order that seems to be emerging.