AFAIK pre-1992 they were considered (football cliche on its way) dark horses but never came through. After 1992 they just became highly-paid underachievers.
Remember that football existed before 1992 twisted.
Bloody Sky johnny come lately football fans.......
That's before England won something.
OK, thanks for that. I can only suppose that The Times bod only looked up matches in 'official tournaments'. It did seem weird to me that Spain hadn't won in 88 years.This is not true. Spain beat Italy 1-0 earlier this year.
Spain have only played Italy 5 times in the World Cup and European Championships but have failed to win any of the games. The results have been:
1994 World Cup QF 2-1
1988 European Championship group game 1-0
1980 European Championship group game 0-0
1934 World Cup QF 1-1 then 1-0 in the replay
They have played each other a further 22 times and Spain have won 8 times and Italy 6.
Most of these are friendlies. The only victory for Spain in an official tournament was in their first encounter at the 1920 Olympic games consolation tournament.
Or rather, in yet another of the countless incidents of pisspoor refereeing against Spain in football tournaments, Italy were allowed to get away with grade-A cunt Mauro Tassotti elbowing Luis Enrique in the penalty box in the dying minutes.in other words, Spain fannied about and posed while Italy got on with winning a game of football