Spanish National Team - known for its style of play which involves roaming movement and positional interchange amongst midfielders, moving the ball in intricate patterns, and sharp, one or two-touch passing - this style of play is also associated with FC Barcelona.
The Spanish national football team represents Spain in international football and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation. The Spanish side is commonly referred to as La Furia Roja or La Roja. Spain are currently the reigning World and European champion, having won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship. Spain also won the 1964 European Nations' Cup and reached the UEFA Euro 1984 Final. In July 2008 Spain rose to the top of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time in the team's history, becoming the sixth nation to top this ranking, and the first nation to top the ranking without previously having won the World Cup. Between November 2006 and June 2009 Spain went undefeated for a record tying 35 consecutive matches before their loss to the United States, a record shared with Brazil, including a record 15-game winning streak and thus earning third place in the FIFA Confederations Cup.
The Spanish national football team is based at the magnificent sports complex of the Spanish Futbol Federation's "La Ciudad del Fútbol" (City of Futbol). The complex is located about 24 km (15 miles) from Madrid. The facilities include quad bedrooms, restaurant, cafeteria, 4 soccer fields (2 grass and 2 artificial), a swimming pool, a game room, a gymnasium and more. With full side natural grass fields, state-of-the-art artificial grass fields, and a goalkeeping-specific training field, the complex has everything that a football team needs to take their game to the top level. All fields have their own lighting systems. Two fields feature stands that seat more than 1000 fans and contain locker rooms connected to all fields. The complex also boasts an indoor futsal arena (Spain is currently Futsal World Cup champion). Other outstanding features include a gymnasium, assembly hall, classrooms, and meeting rooms which can be used for coaches’ seminars, clinics, team meetings and video viewing.
Over four million people live in this exciting city, and the Madrileños, as they are known, are Madrid’s main attraction. Tourists discover that the bustling streets and life-loving attitude of its citizens are always on display and a joy to observe. Relaxing in a Tapas-bar, or socializing in one of the many charming cafés and chocolaterías, you will get a feeling for the city. Located in the centre of Spain, Madrid is a vast, predominantly modern city. The observant visitor will, however, find streets with small pockets of medieval buildings and narrow alleys filled with atmosphere. The Avenue of Art is an itinerary in itself; it is a unique experience which embodies painting, sculpture, architecture and natural beauty, all set in one of the most unforgettable areas of Madrid – The Paseo del Prado. A completely different experience is a trip to the gigantic flea-market, El Rastro, which takes place every Sunday morning or a visit to Madrid’s bullring, Las Ventas. Each barrio (neighborhood) has its own distinctive atmosphere with Lavapiés, Malasaña and Chueca being the oldest and most interesting to see. Many visitors first become familiarized with the central area, known as the Madrid of the Austrias, situated only a short walk from the city's main street, the Gran Vía, lined with shops, banks, offices, bars and cinemas.
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