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.