Introducing teams, men: Spain
- At the Europeans Spain is a regular participant since 1954, missing only the 1962 edition (they had an early try in 1934 as well). Spain’s best showings at the Europeans are two silver medals from 1991 and 2018 and two bronzes from 1993 and 2006. Apart from the medal winning performance in Belgrade 2006, they missed the top flight between 1995 and 2016. They lost five Qfs in a row, and had to settle for the 7th place in 2008, 2012 and 2014, 8th in 2010 and 5th in 2016. That bad run was halted two years ago when they reached the final and lost only in the penalty shootout to Serbia.
- The men’s heydays date back to the 90s when the team – after two silver medals at the Worlds in 1991 and 1994 and one from the 1992 Olympics – won the Olympic title in 1996 and back-to-back world titles in 1998 and 2001 (played in 4 straight world champ finals).
- At the Worlds, Spain was coming back after a smaller shock as they couldn’t qualify for the 2015 World Championships: they missed the big event for the first time in their history. Beforehand they had two more medals, a bronze in 2007 and a silver in 2009, 5th place finishes in 2003 and 2005 and in 2011 and 2013 (at both Worlds held in Barcelona in 2003 and 2013). Their 9th place in Budapest in 2017 was the lowest ranking since 1978 – only to bounce back and earn another silver last summer in Gwangju which also earned them an Olympic spot in Tokyo.
- They have 5 bronze medals from the World Cups, three silvers from the World League.
- Spain’s all time results: 188 matches, 88 wins, 18 draws and 82 losses. Goal-difference: 1502-1344