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Spain, before the curse of debut

Doha (EFE) starts off with a loss to Switzerland in their only win of South Africa’s most valuable trophy in 2010 and 16 years after its last premiere with glee.

Spain have not won their World Cup debut since June 14, 2006, when they showed credibility against Ukraine with a ruthless 4-0 thrashing with goals from Xabi Alonso, a double from David Villa from the penalty spot and a finisher from Fernando Torres. It was the fourth start of the World Cup with the victory of the Spaniards.

Four draws and seven losses, with 24 goals for and as many against, complete Spain’s tally in their first World Cup match.

Worst premiere in Brazil

Most recent, a draw in Russia 2018 in a match that scored against Portugal in Sochi (3-3). Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick offset Diego Costa’s double and Nacho Fernandez’s goal.

Four years ago, in Brazil 2014, the Spanish team signed the worst of their debuts. Defeated by the Netherlands. Comeback after Xabi Alonso’s initial goal, which was followed by an unprecedented defensive failure. Van Persie’s goal before the break was followed by the second half, in which Iker Casillas scored four more goals (1-5), which was the first step towards the abyss that closed the circle.

Dutch striker Robin van Persie (c) scored one of the 5 goals that the Netherlands scored against Spain on their debut at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Dutch striker Robin van Persie (c) scored one of the 5 goals that the Netherlands scored against Spain on their debut at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Dutch striker Robin van Persie (c) scored one of the 5 goals scored by the Netherlands against Spain on their debut at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Despite the negative overall balance, the Spanish team made its World Cup debut with a victory in Italy in 1934 and no more, no less than against Brazil (3:1) in Genoa. Iraragorri from the penalty spot and Langara’s brace, all in the first act, gave rise to a dream.

The same result in his second attempt, in Brazil in 1950, with a comeback against the United States in Curitiba in the last nine minutes thanks to a good throw by Igoa, Basora and Zarra.

Fifteen Premiers of Spain at the World Cups:

World Cup 2018 Russia Portugal 3 – Spain 3
World Cup 2014 Brazil Spain 1 – Holland 5
World Cup 2010 South Africa Spain 0 – Switzerland 1
World Cup 2006 Germany Spain 4 – Ukraine 0
2002 World Cup Japan/Korea Spain 3 – Slovenia 1
1998 World Cup France Spain 2 – Nigeria 3
1994 World Cup USA Spain 2 – South Korea 2
1990 World Cup Italy Spain 0 – Uruguay 0
1986 World Cup Mexico Spain 0 – Brazil 1
1982 World Cup Spain Spain 1 – Honduras 1
1978 World Cup Argentina Spain 1 – Austria 2
1966 World Cup England Spain 1 – Argentina 2
1962 World Cup Chile Spain 0 – Czechoslovakia 1
1950 World Cup Brazil Spain 3 – USA 1
1934 World Cup Italy Spain 3 – Brazil 1


By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org