Emirates Man - - FEATURE THE EUROS -

n 2012, Spain ar­rived in Poland and Ukraine as Euro­pean cham­pi­ons, world cham­pi­ons and, re­sul­tantly, cham­pi­ons-elect. They lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions, reach­ing the nal and coasting to a 4-0 win over Italy to be­come not only the rst coun­try to suc­cess­fully de­fend their Euro crown, but also the rst to suc­cess­fully win three ma­jor tour­na­ments in suc­ces­sion.

Four years on though and much has changed. Not only have Spain lost their world ti­tle to Ger­many, but they did so in hu­mil­i­at­ing fash­ion, be­ing knocked out of the 2014 Fifa World Cup cour­tesy of a -1 de­feat to Hol­land and a 2-0 loss to Chile.

They ar­rive in France hav­ing com­fort­ably quali ed top of their group with nine wins from ten games and con­ced­ing only three goals. But it’s fair to say their group, which in­cluded among others Be­larus, Lux­em­bourg and Mace­do­nia, was rel­a­tively easy. More wor­ry­ing for Vi­cente Del Bosque is that in friendly matches since 2014, his side have lost to Hol­land, France and Ger­many and man­aged only draws with Italy and oma­nia.

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