Spain's 10 best and worst World Cup moments
Spain's victory at the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa came after decades of pain, with blood, tears and dubious refereeing causing heartbreak for fans of La Roja. The Local takes a look at ten key moments in Spain's football history.
PRETTY GOOD: Spain ended in fourth place in the 1950 World Cup held in Brazil, usually remembered for the hosts’ shocking defeat against Uruguay in the final. Real Madrid was quickly becoming the best team in Europe by then but when Spain got to the final stages (a mini-league rather than the current knock-out stages), they lost against both Brazil and Sweden. Zarra, pictured scoring against England, was Spain’s most prolific scorer at the time.