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Spain sneaks into its sixth grand final between Euro Cups and World Cups

Lhe story that will have a new chapter in Berlin this July 14 was born in Madrid in 1964. He could have done so in Paris, four years before, but politics denied a team full of talent: Di Stéfano, Kubala, Luis Suárez, Gento, Santamaría…But that is another story. On June 21, 1964, in a packed Santiago Bernabéu, the Spanish team played the first final in its history. And he won it. The famous headbutt of Marcelino Pereda’s pass made it 2-1 against the defending champions, the all-powerful Soviet Union with Beskov on the bench and Yashin between the posts. At the controls of the selection, Villalongawith Olivella as captain.

Goals Spain – France (2-1)

Two decades had to pass to return to Spain in a final. In that dark time, the team did not even come close to fighting for titles. He accumulated disappointments, none like that of the 1982 World Cup, the one in Spain. The team emerged from that depression with strength thanks to Miguel Muñoz. 12-1 to Malta It meant qualification for the French Euro Cup. Spain was not a candidate for anyone, but it got into the final. Two goals from Maceda (Germany and Denmark) and a Arconada enormous took Spain to Paris. But there he could not with the France of Platinum.

Years of frustrations came. Some because Spain was very close to winning: Mexico World Cup or that of 2002, the Euro de 1996; others for experiencing a disaster: Euro 1988 and 2004 and the 1998 World Cup in the lead. With all that ended the Spain of Luis Aragones in 2008. On June 29, in Vienna, the goal of Fernando Torres recovered the open narrative 44 years in the Bernabeu.

That goal opened the golden age of Spanish football. Two more finals would come, two victories. The brand of a legendary team, unique in the history of football. The one that on July 11, 2010 gave Spain the star of world champion with Iniesta’s goal. The one who on July 1, 2012, in kyiv, left the world speechless by destroying Italy in the final 4-0.

World Cups and Euro Cups They are the queen competitions for European teams. But not the only ones. Winning them gave Spain the opportunity to play in the Confederations Cup in 2009 and 2013. In the first, in South Africa was third; in Brazil was destroyed in the final at Maracaná by the host: 3-0.

And along that path, a new competition has been born in Europe, the Nations League. Spain is the only team that has been in two of the three finals of the tournament. The first one was lost to France in San Siro. In the second, in Rotterdamadded it to his record by defeating in the penalty shootout Croatia.



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