Spain - Group D
Spain will be looking to make history this summer as they attempt to win the European Championships for the third successive time, and Vicente del Bosque once again has a squad with a great blend of youth, experience and bags and bags of ability.
Get to know: Spain
Qualification for Spain got off to a fairly rocky start when they lost their second group game to eventual runners up Slovakia in Žilina. That game aside, Spain served up a perfect qualification campaign winning their remaining 9 matches and finishing 5 points clear at the top of Group C.
In the group stages, they won 9 games, drew 0 and lost 1, scoring 23 goals, conceding 3 and ending up with a +20 goal difference.
In the draw for the main event, Spain were placed in Group D, alongside the Czech Republic, Turkey and Croatia.
June 13 vs. Czech Republic 1pm – Parc des Princes, Paris
June 17 vs. Turkey 7pm – Allianz Riviera, Nice
June 21 vs. Croatia 7pm – Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
During qualification, Spain scored 23 goals
Their goal scorers were:
- Paco Alcácer (5)
- David Silva (3)
- Pedro (2)
- Santi Cazorla (2)
- Sergio Busquets (2)
- Jordi Alba (1)
- Juan Bernat (1)
- Diego Costa (1)
- Mario Gaspar (1)
- Andrés Iniesta (1)
- Isco (1)
- Álvaro Morata (1)
- Sergio Ramos (1)
- Own goals (1)
Qualification Stat Truths:
- Conceded at the joint-second lowest rate: 3 goals in 10 games.
- Scored in every qualifying match.
- Only nation not to face a single shot in added time during qualifying.
- Scored first in 9/10 of their qualifying matches.
- Spent 66.6% of their time winning during qualifiers – the most of any team.
- Took highest percentage of shots in the first half of matches of any side at the finals (58.8%).
- The only side at the finals not to have been drawing at HT during a qualifying match – all their games were settled by half time (9 wins, 1 defeat).
All data based on Spain’s Euro 2016 qualification campaign. Courtesy of the Press Association.