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Spain national football team
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Spain are one of the eight national teams to have been crowned worldwide champions , having participated in a total of 15 of 21 FIFA World Cups and qualifying consistently since Spain is the only national team with three consecutive major titles , becoming the first European team to win a FIFA World Cup outside of Europe in , as well as the only to win back-to-back European Championships in and The first Spain national football team was constituted in , with the main objective of finding a team that would represent Spain at the Summer Olympics held in Belgium in that same year. Spain made their debut at the tournament on 28 August against Denmark , silver medallists at the last two Olympic tournaments. The Spanish managed to win that match by a scoreline of 1—0, eventually finishing with the silver medal. At the finals in Brazil, they topped their group to progress to the final round, then finished in fourth place.
SPAIN'S new national football team strip has caused a mixture of outrage and applause — because it looks like an apology for the Republican movement. Adidas, who created the shirts, added royal blue to the yellow edging which, along with the main red colour, looks from a distance like the Republican flag. Between when the King was ousted, and the end of the Civil War when Franco's nationalists won and the year dictatorship started, Spain's flag was red, yellow and bright purple.
Argentina won in their next final appearance in , beating the Netherlands at extra time, 3—1. Argentina won again in , through a 3—2 victory over West Germany , and a tournament campaign led by the late Diego Maradona. They made the World Cup finals once more in , and lost 1—0 to West Germany following a controversial penalty call in the 87th minute. Argentina, led by Lionel Messi , made their fifth appearance in a World Cup final in , again losing to Germany, 1—0 during extra-time.