La Roja won Euro 2012 on July 1st, 2012, their third major title in a row after winning
Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Spain were on top of the world, but nobody could have imagined, note Marca,
that after that everything was going to collapse.
Spain performed abysmally at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and suffered a shock
within hours of their opener at Euro 2016 when a piece of information connected
David de Gea with an alleged case of child abuse and sexual exploitation.
It was afterwards refuted and proved a false allegation, with De Gea vehemently
denying the accusation, but nonetheless it was an issue that had to be negotiated
pre-tournament. Two years later, Spain were preparing for their opener against
Portugal at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Three days before, however, Real Madrid
confirmed that Julen Lopetegui,
then Spain coach and now Sevilla coach, would succeed Zinedine Zidane.
The news prompted Luis Rubiales to dismiss him, with Fernando Hierro taking charge.
Now, it’s the pandemic that’s shaken La Roja. Sergio Busquets tested positive for
COVID-19 on Sunday afternoon, so the squad will do individual work over these next
few days while waiting for the tests to come back and everyone to be cleared as being
negative; not ideal the week before a major tournament. Spain’s first game at Euro 2020
will be against Sweden this coming Monday, at La Cartuja in Seville.