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Spain go into Euro 2016 looking to become the first every county to win the tournament three times in succession – but they have a lot of competition to get through first.

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Spain have took a fondness to the European Championship in recent years with back-to-back titles wins in 2008 and 2012 to add to the one they won in 1964.

SPAIN FIXTURES

Last-16 Fixture

27th June 2016 - Spain vs Italy, 5pm. Match preview here!

Top 3 Spain BETS

1. Winner/top goalscorer double – Spain/Diego Costa – 33/1 Paddy Power

Diego Costa may have only scored one international goal for Spain in his 10 starts but we are all aware of the talent he possess in front of goal. If he gets his head on straight and hits some form for Chelsea then he could become the star performer of the tournament.



Spain's Diego Costa (front) runs during the Group C (Getty)

2. Spain to be the highest scoring team – 11/2 BetVictor

This bet once again relies on the form of Diego Costa and he needs to be well supported by the likes of Nolito, Paco Alcacer and Alvaro Morata to be in with a shout of winning this one.

3. Spain to win Euro 2016 – 11/2 William Hill

Backing a team to win the tournament for the third successive time is not the bravest of moves but with a lot of money being placed on Germany and France to do well a price of 11/2 for the defending champions is not bad at all.

SPAIN 11/2 to WIN

Spain are behind favourites Germany and host nation France in the Euro 2016 betting with their best price being 11/2 with Stan James.

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Spain Squad

Vicente del Bosque has until May 31 to announce the 23 players he intends to take to France but he is not expected to make any wholesale changes from the squad that got them through qualification.

Click here to find out who will be in Spain's Starting XI.

Key Players

Spain have an embarrassment of riches in nearly every position and if they all play to their full potential then they will certainly be there and thereabouts come the latter stages of the tournament.

Looking at their qualifying campaign they kept eight consecutive clean sheets and with Manchester United’s David de Gea arguably the best goalkeeper in the world they have a head start almost immediately.

Spain have always been strong in midfield and if Cesc Fabregas manages to regain top form then he is certainly one to watch, while Busquets, Iniesta and Mata will also be key to their progression. Up front they will have to rely on the inconsistent Diego Costa to get their goals – but if he is up for the challenge then he could be a match-winner for the defending champions.

HOW SPAIN QUALIFIED FOR THE EURO

Spain’s qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 saw them go up against Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Luxembourg and Macedonia in Group C.

During their 10 matches they were virtually untouchable with nine wins and one defeat, their only loss coming in Slovakia when they went down 2-1 in October 2014. Since that defeat they went on a run of eight successive victories without conceding a single goal and scoring 17 in the process.

Spain's History in the Euro

Spain are level with Germany with the most title wins in the European Championship with three each and will make history twice if they win it in France by becoming the first nation to win it four times and the first to complete a hat-trick of title wins.

They were first crowned champions of Europe back in 1964 when they defeated the Soviet Union 2-1 in the Final at the Bernabeu Stadium with Jesus Maria Pereda and Marcelino getting on the score sheet.



Spain's defender Jordi Alba (L) celebrates (Getty)

They then had to wait another 44 years before getting their hands on the trophy again as they returned home from Austria and Switzerland with all the glory. Having finished top of Group D with three wins from three they went on to see off Italy and Russia in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively. They then went on to defeat Germany in the final with Fernando Torres scoring the winner in the first-half.

Spain then went on to make history by winning the competition back-to-back when they went to Poland and Ukraine. Once again they went through to the knockout stages as group leaders with two wins and one draw, they then got the better of France in the quarters before needing penalties to knockout Portugal in the last four. Italy were no match for Spain in the final with Torres, Jordi Alba, David Silva and Juan Mata all scoring.

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