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Euro 2016

How does Spain's Euro 2016 campaign look?

The lowdown on Spain's Euro 2016 campaign. Who's in the squad? What friendlies are they playing? Who's in their group?

Spain win Euro 2012

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Spain celebrate winning Euro 2012.
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Spain celebrate winning Euro 2012.Laurence GriffithsGetty Images

Spain defend their European Championships crown this summer in France at Euro 2016, looking to win three in a row, having won the title in 2008 (Austria and Switzerland) and 2012 (Poland and Ukraine).

They may have relinquished their hold on the World Cup in disastrous fashion in Brazil in 2014, but they are still seen as one of the favourites for the Euro 2016 title.

Here are the vital stats of the Spain campaign.

Spain play in Group D

Stadium de Toulouse, where Spain kick off their Euro 2016 campaign.
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Stadium de Toulouse, where Spain kick off their Euro 2016 campaign.

Spain are in Group D, lined up against the Czech Republic, Turkey and Croatia. Del Bosque’s men kick off the defence of their title on 13 June 2016, against the Czech Republic in Toulouse (Stadium de Toulouse).

The Île de Ré, where Spain will be based for Euro 2016.
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The Île de Ré, where Spain will be based for Euro 2016.

Spanish base camp

Spain have chosen a tranquil, secluded spot for their base camp for the Euro 2016 campaign, at the Hotel Atlante Relais Thalasso & Spa, a four star resort on the Île de Ré, an island off the west coast of France (but connected by bridge to the mainland).

While staying at the hotel guarantees seclusion, it does mean somewhat lengthy travel to the group matches in Toulouse (v Czech Republic) and Nice (Turkey), though Bordeaux (vs Croatia) is fairly close, at just over a two hour drive. 

Spain will be using the the compact Saint-Martin de Ré stadium, a new installation created in 2013 and with a capacity for 600 spectators as their training pitch.

Spain Squad

Spain squad for Euro 2016
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Spain squad for Euro 2016

Del Bosque announced his final squad on Tueday, 31 May, just before the UEFA deadline.

The players who have been with Del Bosque from the start of the campaign:

Bellerín (Arsenal); San José (Athletic); Azpilicueta (Chelsea); Bartra (Barcelona); Bruno (Villarreal); Fabregas (Chelsea); Silva (Manchester City); Pedro (Chelsea); Aduriz (Athletic); Nolito (Celta)

Arrived on Saturday 28 May:

Casillas (Porto); De Gea (Manchester United); S. Rico (Sevilla); Piqué (Barcelona); Jordi Alba (Barcelona); Busquets (Barcelona); Thiago (Bayern); Iniesta (Barcelona); Morata (Juventus)

Players who will arrive on 4 June

Juanfran (Atlético); Ramos (Real Marid), Koke (Atlético); Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid)

You can see how each player in the squad performed this season with our player by player guide.


Spain are playing three friendlies ahead of their Euro 2016 campaign.

29/5/2016 Spain 3-1 Bosnia

1/6/2016 Spain - South Korea

7/6/2016 Spain - Georgia

Group Stage 2016

Here are the three group matches Spain have scheduled at Euro 2016:

13/6/2016 Spain - Czech Republic 3pm

17/6/2016 Spain - Turkey 9pm

21/6/2016 Spain - Croatia 9pm

Were Spain to make it through that and the knock-out matches, they'd take their place to defend their title in the final in Paris on 10 July.


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