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How many times has Spain won the World Cup? La Roja wins, titles, history in men’s FIFA football tournament

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Spain have been tipped as amongst the leading contenders to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as La Roja aim to follow up their run to the Euro 2020 semifinals.

Luis Enrique has reinvigorated his squad in the last 18 months, and they look poised to return to the established powerhouses of international football in Qatar.

The addition of Barcelona duo Pedri and Gavi has added a freshness to the side, alongside the experience of Cesar Azpilicueta, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Koke.

Spain’s dominance from 2008 to 2012 has raised the bar for the expectations in major tournaments, but Enrique’s men look ready to take up the challenge.

MORE: World Cup fixtures for Spain and the rest of Group E

How many times has Spain won the World Cup?

Spain’s glory in South Africa in 2010 marked their first-ever World Cup title, after decades of failing to get past the quarterfinals on the world stage.

Vicente del Bosque built on the Euro 2008 success of Luis Aragones, as his Barcelona-dominated side battled past the Netherlands in the final.

In a game full of tension, Andres Iniesta’s extra-time strike won it 1-0 for Spain, who became the eighth side in history to win the World Cup.

The final was also notable for the physical, and controversial, nature of the game, with referee Howard Webb handing out a total of 14 yellow cards, and a red card for Johnny Heitinga.

You can watch the highlights from the match on FIFA’s YouTube channel, here.

Spain World Cup history

Spain’s World Cup record began to improve following their hosting of the 1982 tournament, but a rolling average between the Round of 16 and the quarterfinals left fans frustrated ahead of 2010.

Their win in 2010 was viewed as the perfect moment of their key players all hitting peak at the ideal time, coupled with the confidence from Barcelona’s clean sweep of domestic and European titles, as Del Bosque finally steered them over the line.

Spain’s World Cup Record
World Cup Year Stage Reached Record (W-D-L) Goals Scored
1930 DNE*
1934 Quarterfinals 1-1-1 4
1938 DNE
1950 Fourth Place 3-1-2 10
1954 DNQ**
1958 DNQ
1962 Group Stage 1-0-2 2
1966 Group Stage 1-0-2 4
1970 DNQ
1974 DNQ
1978 Group Stage 1-1-1 2
1982 Second Group Stage 1-2-2 4
1986 Quarterfinals 3-1-1 11
1990 Round of 16 2-1-1 6
1994 Quarterfinals 2-2-1 10
1998 Group Stage 1-1-1 8
2002 Quarterfinals 3-2-0 10
2006 Round of 16 3-0-1 9
2010 Won 6-0-1 8
2014 Group Stage  1-0-2 4
2018 Round of 16 1-3-0 7

*Did not enter

**Did not qualify

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Enrique’s return to lead the national team  — after a break for personal reasons following the tragic death of his young daughter  — has increased confidence of a change in fortune after La Roja’s post-2010 struggles, with the enigmatic former La Blaugrana head coach injecting some much-needed self confidence into his players.

Germany present their biggest challenge to getting out of Group E, but Enrique will be aiming for at least a last-four spot, if they can avoid key rivals in the knockout stages.

Enrique has removed Sergio Ramos, with Manchester City star Aymeric Laporte set to anchor the backline, if fit  — in behind Busquets, Pedri and Gavi in midfield  — but concerns over Alvaro Morata’s big-game output could prove decisive.

Spain 2022 World Cup schedule 

Spain kick off their World Cup campaign against Costa Rica in Doha.

Enrique’s team then face Germany in what could be a shootout for top spot in the Group E, before wrapping up the group stage against Japan. 

Spain will notably play in three different venues throughout the group stage. 

Group E match schedule

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Wed, Nov. 23 Spain vs. Costa Rica 11:00 a.m. Al Thumama Stadium
Sun, Nov. 27 Spain vs. Germany 2:00 p.m. Al Bayt Stadium
Thu, Dec. 1 Spain vs. Japan 2:00 p.m. Khalifa International Stadium

Potential knockout round schedule — if Spain finishes 1st in Group E

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Mon, Dec. 5 Round of 16 10:00 a.m. Al Janoub Stadium
Fri, Dec. 9 Quarterfinals 10:00 a.m. Education City Stadium
Tue, Dec. 13 Semifinals 2:00 p.m. Lusail Stadium
Sat, Dec. 17* Third Place Match 10:00 a.m. Khalifa International Stadium
Sun, Dec. 18 Final 10:00 a.m. Lusail Stadium

*Only in event of defeat in semifinals

Potential knockout schedule — if Spain finishes 2nd in Group E

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Tue, Dec. 6 Round of 16 10:00 a.m. Education City Stadium
Sat, Dec. 10 Quarterfinals 10:00 a.m. Al Thumama Stadium
Wed, Dec. 14 Semifinals 2:00 p.m. Al Bayt Stadium
Sat, Dec. 17* Third Place Match 10:00 a.m. Khalifa International Stadium
Sun, Dec. 18 Final 10:00 a.m. Lusail Stadium

*Only in event of defeat in semifinals


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