Coach: Vicente del Bosque
Colours: Red shirts, blue shorts, black socks
v Czech Republic (13 June, Toulouse)
v Turkey (17 June, Nice)
v Croatia (21 June, Bordeaux)
Champions (1964, 2008, 2012)
Runners up (1984)
Quarter finalists (1996, 2000)
Group stage (1980, 1988, 2004)
Spain are the current European champions having won the last two tournaments during their period of dominance between 2008-2012. They also won the World Cup in that spell and therefore have a squad packed full of top class tournament experience, as well as world class ability. Manager Del Bosque has been in charge for almost eight years and, despite a poor showing at the 2014 World Cup, his side will be among the favourites this summer.
How They Got There
Despite defeat to Slovakia in just their second match – their first qualification loss in eight years – the reigning champions finished the campaign with nine wins out of ten games, scoring 23 goals in the process, conceding only three and keeping eight clean sheets. They were, as expected, formidable at home, with five wins out of five, scoring fifteen and conceding only once.
v Slovakia: 2-0 (h), 1-2 (a)
v Ukraine: 1-0 (h), 1-0 (a)
v Belarus: 3-0 (h), 1-0 (a)
v Luxembourg: 4-0 (h), 4-0 (a)
v Macedonia: 5-1 (h), 1-0 (a)
David de Gea – if given the nod to play ahead of legendary captain Iker Casillas – could be an important part of the side for Spain, but it is hard to look past their esteemed internationals that have been there and done it before. Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba and Andres Iniesta will form a strong spine and the likes of David Silva and Alvaro Morata will hope to shine this summer. Along with Casillas, Ramos and Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas is the fourth player in the squad with over 100 international caps, whilst Silva is likely to reach that milestone in France. The squad is brimming with talent and experience, and will be one of the teams to beat.
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)
Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Hector Bellerin (Arsenal), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid)
Midfielders: Bruno (Villarreal), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Thiago (Bayern Munich), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona),David Silva (Man City), Pedro (Chelsea), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)
Forwards: Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Nolito (Celta Vigo), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Lucas Vasquez (Real Madrid)