Spanish football fans went wild with delight when Spain triumphantly won their first ever FIFA World Cup in 2010.
Spain are also the current European Champions which confirms their place at the summit of world football.
One of the powerhouses of European football, it has been a mystery why they had not previously won the World Cup, but that was resolved in South Africa when they defeated a rugged Netherlands team 1-0 in the final with a winning goal by Andres Iniesta in extra time.
It made them the first European team to win a World Cup outside its own continent.
Following the victory in South Africa, seven Spanish players were nominated for the FIFA World Player of the Year Award - Xabi Alonso, Iker Casillas, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol, David Villa and Xavi. Two of them – Andres Iniesta and Xavi – made the shortlist of three.
Spain's Vicente del Bosque, a former Real Madrid manager who masterminded Spain's first World Cup success, has made the shortlist for the inaugural FIFA Coach of the Year award.
In South Africa, Spain conceded just two goals, the lowest by any World Cup winner, and they are the only team not to have conceded a goal in the last four games of the tournament.
Recently, the team has become known for using a 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.
In South Africa, Spain qualified from a group involving Switzerland, to whom they lost, Honduras and Chile, whom they beat. They then beat Portugal 1-0 in the first knockout stage, Paraguay 1-0 in the quarter-finals and Germany 1-0 in the semi-finals, with a goal by Carles Puyol.