13 June - Czech Republic (2pm GMT, Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse)
Spain are looking for an unprecedented triple crown, but an insipid defence of the World Cup two years ago leaves cause for concern, as Andrew Tuft expains.
Spain go to France in search of an unprecedented hat-trick of European Championship victories after triumphs in 2008 and 2012. Sandwiched between was success at World Cup 2010 but painful memories of Brazil four years later means this is a Spain side out to prove their best days aren’t behind them.
Coach: Vicente Del Bosque — Del Bosque plans on retiring post-Euro 2016 after taking Spain to never-before-reached heights, but lately has been accused of ignoring the new generation of players.
Preferred XI: Casillas; Azpilicueta, Ramos, Pique, Alba; Busquets, Iniesta, Cesc; Pedro, Morata, Silva
Spain retain experience from 2008, 2010 and 2012 but there’s a group of fresh faces knocking at the door too. The right balance needs to be found.
Look out for: Who starts in goal. Iker Casillas is the captain but David De Gea’s case for the No. 1 shirt grew stronger with each performance for Manchester United.
Did you know?
…Czech Republic P 4 W 3 D 1 L 0 F 5 A 1
…Turkey P 10 W 5 D 4 L 1 F 14 A 5
...Croatia P 5 W 3 D 1 L 1 F 6 A 4
Nickname: La Roja
Calcio fans might remember... Luis Suarez - Inter (1961-70), Sampdoria (1970-73)
Top Division: La Liga
FIFA world ranking: 6
International honours: European Championship (1964, 2008, 2012), World Cup (2010)
Most capped player: Iker Casillas (166)
Leading international scorer: David Villa (59)
Spain at the European Championships:
1960 - Withdrew
1964 - Champions
1968 - Did not qualify
1972 - Did not qualify
1976 - Did not qualify
1980 - Group stage
1984 - Runners-up
1988 - Group stage
1992 - Did not qualify
1996 - Quarter-finals
2000 - Quarter-finals
2004 - Group stage
2008 - Champions
2012 - Champions
How they got to Euro 2016: Spain topped Group C with nine wins from 10, finishing five points clear of the only team to beat them, Slovakia.