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Coach Vicente del Bosque picked up where predecessor Luis Aragones left off following the EURO 2008 win, retaining the same soccer philosophy and nucleus of players which electrified the continent two summers ago. The experienced superstar has also achieved the heights with Real Madrid at the club level; winning two UEFA Champions Leagues (2000, 2002), two La Ligas (2001, 2003), a Spanish Super Cup (2001), a UEFA European Super Cup (2002), and the Toyota Intercontinental Cup (2002). Del Bosque carried on with Aragones' confidence in the one-touch style which has traditionally characterized Spain's play and which relies on having the highest quality mid-fielders possible. As a result, La Furia Roja has won every game but one since the former Los Blancos boss took over – the exception being a semi-final loss against the United States at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009.
Spain has participated in the finals of twelve FIFA World Cups and has not missed a single one since failing to qualify for Germany 1974. La Roja's best performance at the global showcase was a fourth-place finish at Brazil 1950.
The Spaniards are a finely-tuned machine with many talented players, and while they realize they are not necessarily amongst the favorites, Spain does believe they have what it takes to wear the world soccer crown. Get 2010 FIFA World Cup tickets now and make your way to South Africa this summer to witness firsthand the beauty of the game as it's played by La Roja.
If you were to rank Spain's qualifying performance en route to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, they deserve only the highest marks. Not only did they win each of their ten games, but La Furia Roja was the European Zone's second-leading scorer – netting 28 goals, while giving up only five to their opponents. Mature, resilient, and able to overcome adversity, Spain displayed all the most important factors, while leaving most other national teams in world football envious of their depth and sheer talent. The Spaniards have definitely not rested on the laurels of their UEFA EURO 2008 triumph, as La Roja is consistently bringing in new talent while keeping with their commitment to stylish short-passing soccer strategy.
Already wearing the title of European champions, it was inevitable that Spain's opponents were all trying twice as hard to defeat what would be a most-notable victim. Their slim 1-0 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina, courtesy of striker David Villa, was typical of the resistance The Red Fury has had to overcome since Austria/Switzerland. And although Armenia and Estonia were handled in a fairly comfortable fashion, a road battle in Belgium and a double-header versus EURO 2008 semi-finalists Turkey forced Spain to dig down deep to win nine valuable points.
Following a 2-1 win in Brussels – where Spain battled back to claim the victory after a Villa goal in the 88th minute – came a 1-0 triumph over Turkey in Madrid, with the goal coming compliments of defender Gerard Pique. The return match in Istanbul marked another 2-1 comeback thanks to scores by Liverpool teammates, mid-fielders Xabi Alonso and Albert Riera. Belgium was easily handled 5-0 in La Coruna and The Red One's trip to South Africa 2010 was guaranteed with two rounds to spare following another effortless 3-0 home victory over Estonia. Without letting down one bit, Spain completed their flawless qualification play with victories in Armenia and a dominant 5-2 win over their closest opponent, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The Spanish national team's success is one which is based on quality, balance, and team chemistry throughout. Captain Iker Casillas is not only one of the world's best goalkeepers, but one who can be relied upon to come to the rescue with his superhuman reflexes when needed most. Leading the way in the mid-field, Xavi Hernandez's overall vision and pinpoint-precise passing are integral to La Roja's fluid style, while heading the attack there are few, if any, better finishers than David Villa and Fernando Torres.