Now nine years on from their last major tournament win, Spain will be bidding to establish themselves at the top of international football once more as they look to recreate their heroics of 2012.
Since Spain won three major tournaments on the spin between 2008 and 2012, they’ve endured group-stage elimination at the 2014 World Cup and back-to-back Round of 32 exits at the subsequent major finals. La Furia Roja topped their qualifying group comfortably without losing a match, drawing just two of their 10 games.
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It was a slow start to the tournament for Luis Enrique’s men as they were held to draws by both Sweden and Poland in their first two games, but a thumping 5-0 over Slovakia seemed to kickstart the tournament for Spain.
That victory set up what would turn out to be a stunning Round of 16 tie with Croatia which eventually resulted in a 5-3 win after extra-time followed by a penalty victory over Switzerland in the Quarter Finals.
Spain Euro 2020 squad
Luis Enrique announced his squad for this summer’s tournament and naturally, it caused debate. The most noteworthy absentee from the squad being Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos with Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte receiving a call up having changed his nationality from the current world champions, France.
As winners of their qualifying group, Spain were placed into Pot 1 for the Euro 2020 draw and immediately put into Group E. Joining them were qualifying rivals Sweden, potential dark horses Poland and outsiders of the group Slovakia.
Five games in, la Roja have only won one of their matches in normal time against Slovakia having been held to draws with Poland and Sweden in the group stages before needing extra-time to beat Croatia and penalties to beat Switzerland in the knock-outs.
Spain Euro 2020 results
Group Stage – 14 June 2021: Spain 0-0 Sweden
Group Stage – 19 June 2021: Spain 1-1 Poland
Group Stage – 23 June 2021: Slovakia 0-5 Spain
Round of 16 – 28 June 2021: Croatia 3-5 Spain (AET)
Quarter-final – 2nd July 2021: Switzerland 1-1 Spain (Spain win on penalties
This is Spain potential path to the final:
Semi-final: vs Italy in London on July 6.
Spain Golden Boot odds
Juventus striker Alvaro Morata has been Spain’s first-choice striker throughout the competition and has managed two goals despite not being in his best form. With a maximum of two games to chase down the leaders, the 28-year-old striker is out at 49/1 with 888sport to become the first Spanish player to win the Golden Boot at the European Championship since Fernando Torres at Euro 2012, when the Spaniards last lifted a major trophy.