Spain continue to stake their claim as the greatest international team in football history.
They are the only team to have won the European Championship twice in a row with the small matter of World Cup glory sandwiched in between.
As it stands, La Furia Roja are the top-ranked team on the planet, and set the standard at any competition they enter.
This year’s Confederations Cup is no different, and Vincente Del Bosque’s all-conquering Iberian artisan-warriors have alternatively steamrolled and strolled their way into the semi-finals unbeaten.
Their 3-0 group stage win over Nigeria at the weekend was also a landmark result for Spain.
They have now gone 28 competitive matches without defeat, setting the record for most international matches unbeaten.
Their record of 24 wins and four draws stretches back to their shock 1-0 defeat to Switzerland in their first group stage match at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.
Spain’s unprecedented run eclipses that of France’s golden generation, which won the World Cup in 1998 and then the 2000 European Championships.
Spain are hotly tipped to win the Confederations Cup and stretch their incredible undefeated record to 30 matches.
Such a record is unlikely to be repeated, and if Spain achieve it they will grow in confidence ahead of next year’s World Cup in Brazil, when they hope to become the first team to defend the title since Brazil in 1962, and the first team in history to win four major international competitions in a row.
By: Jared Chaitowitz
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