Spain have the opportunity to become European champions for a third successive time when they go to the Euro 2016 as the defending champions.
The incredible spell of trophies for the team started with the Euro 2008. This was their first major trophy in more than four decades. However, it did not take long for the national team to add more in the space of a few years, as they won the likes of the World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012. The biggest disappointment for the national team after almost a decade came at the World Cup 2014 when they even failed to get past the group.
Vicente del Bosque has just announced his plans to retire from management after the end of the Euro 2016. His contract comes to an end in June and there has been a lot of speculation about his future. Rather than let the speculation continue, the former Real Madrid manager has tried to give the best opportunity for Spain to find a new man to run the national team. It also eliminates any confusion within the squad. Spain will need to go into the Euro 2016 with a clear head since they have a difficult group according to their manager. Spain will be facing Croatia, Czech Republic, and Turkey in this major tournament.
“We will go there with the aim of winning the Euro for the third consecutive time. It would be fantastic for Spanish football. No one has ever achieved this. However, we know we will have to face extraordinarily tough opponents.We’ve drawn two teams who played in the same group as the Netherlands and eliminated them — Turkey and the Czech Republic.Then we have to face Croatia, who are very strong and who, for me, are among the strongest teams at this tournament,” said del Bosque.