With their resounding 4-0 win over Italy yesterday in the finals of the 2012 UEFA European Championship—aka Euro 2012—Spain wrote itself into the history books as one of the greatest national soccer squads of all time.
Or at least, that’s what all the soccer experts are saying. Personally, I don’t take the hyperbole of pundits all that seriously, so I decided to look into the matter for myself.
The results of my inquiry? Yeah, the pundits are right. This Spanish side really is one of the greatest ever. But I don’t expect you to just take my word for it, which is why I’ve put together this list of the greatest national soccer teams of all time.
So how does one begin to rank the greatest national soccer teams of all time? Well, major championships won is obviously the starting point. You can easily identify 10 of the top 15 or so simply by looking at who won the big games.
However, you also have to consider a team’s reputation at the time. In fact, when it comes to separating the legendary teams from the great teams, this is even more important than the wins and losses. After all, we’re talking about a sport often referred to as “the beautiful game,” so style matters.
Anyway, have a look and decide for yourself where Spain belongs in the pantheon of the worlds greatest soccer teams.