Spain look to break jinx in Euro 2004

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Spain have been known as one of the most talented sides in football, but they are also known as the perennial underachievers.

Spain look to break jinx in Euro 2004

New Delhi:

Spain have been known as one of the most talented sides in football, but they are also known as the perennial underachievers. Spain who have some of the best players in the world will be looking to break that jinx and win their second European championships in Portugal starting this Saturday.Changing the pastSpain's performance in World Football has been of the biggest mysteries of World Sport. For a country that has one of the best football leagues in the world and clubs as famous as Real Madrid and Barcelona, all Spain has to boast of is one European Championship win in 1964.They certainly don't lack big name players, and in Spain the biggest of them all is Raul. He burst into the Real Madrid team when he was just out of his teens and has terrorized defenses and goalkeepers with his magical dribbling skills and precise shots.Another player playing probably the best football of his career is Fernando Morientes. Morientez currently on loan to Monaco helped his tiny club knock out Real Madrid en route to the UEFA Champions League's final.Tainted record Santiago Canizares may have missed the 2002 World Cup after injuring himself while breaking an aftershave bottle, but now he is back at his best and will definitely give Iker Casillas a run for his money for the job of number one keeper.
Spain at the Euro Ch'ships
Appearances9
Games played28
Wins9
Loss10
Draws8
Spain are in Group A along with neighbours Portugal, Greece and Russia. Their only ever success in this competition came in 1964 when they were hosts and their best performance at the World Cup has been 4th place but that was way back in 1950.Having only twice failed to reach the last eight in the European Championships, Spain will be out preserve that record. Though they would certainly want to go all the way.



Topics : Football
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