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9 things that have happened since Spain last lost a European Championship game

Spain have only lost one European Championship game since 25 June 2000.

Fact.

That a 1-0 loss to Portugal at Euro 2004 which ultimately meant they failed to make the knockout stages.

But since then they’ve been invincible.

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Glory in 2008 and 2012, plus a strong start in this tournament, mean Spain haven’t lost a Euros fixture in just over 12 years.

Let’s put that into perspective…

1 Lionel Messi made his professional debut in 2004

Since Spain last lost at the Euros he’s won five Ballon d’Or trophies and scored 510 goals for club and country.

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2 Wimbledon were dissolved in 2004

And the evil MK Dons were born.

Since then AFC Wimbledon have risen up the ranks and are set to play MK Dons in the league next season.

All since Spain last lost at the Euros…

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3 Jamie Vardy was a Sheffield Wednesday youth prospect

He went from Stocksbridge to Halifax to Fleetword Town before winning the Premier League with Leicester and then scoring at a Euros of his own.

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Actually Ron, it took 12 years!

And in all that time Spain remained undefeated in Euro competition.

4 Leeds have had 18 managers

They’ve also gone from Champions League semi-finalists to League One chancers before recently settling on Championship laughing stocks.

With a madman in charge.

Massimo Cellino

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5 Juventus were the best team in Italy… thanks to some dodgy dealings

They were relegated to Serie B for their troubles in 2006.

But they made their way back to the top flight and have won the last five league titles in a row.

Once again proving themselves to be the best team in Italy; legally this time.

We hope.

How about some non-footballing examples to really hammer the point home?

6 Donald Trump was the annoying host of the American version of The Apprentice

And he gave obnoxious interviews to Esquire magazine entitled ‘How I’d Run The Country. (Better.)’…

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Now he’s wall-building maniac who is already way too close to ACTUALLY running the country.

How did America let that happen again?

7 Thefacebook (aka Facebook) was invented around the time Spain last lost

Back then it was a niche Harvard-students-only social media platform that looked like this…

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These days Facebook rules the world.

We bow to you Lord Zuckerberg.

8 The last episode of FRIENDS was aired in 2004

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Every episode has been repeated approximately four billion times so that most English speaking humans know every line off by heart.

Oh, and Joey is now the host of Top Gear.

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9 This is how you used to enjoy films the last time Spain lost at the Euros…

You’d actively leave your house and walk/drive to a shop named Blockbuster.

There you’d choose from a few shiny discs that you’d pay for but have to return in a couple of days.

Once again, using your actual legs to get there.

Now – Netflix.

If Spain go on to win the current tournament then we’ll write a follow-up piece in four years’ time.

Assuming robot journalists haven’t made our existence obsolete.


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