Spain debuted at the women’s Europeans in 1993 when they finished 9th and they repeated this two years later.

At home, in Seville 1997 they reached the semis for the first time but had to settle for the 4th place. Three straight 6th places followed, then again two semi-final appearances: they came 4th in Belgrade 2006, then clinched their first ever medal, a silver, at home in Malaga 2008.

They missed the semis again in 2010 (6th) and in 2012 (5th) but finished atop in 2014. In Belgrade they finished 4th after losing to the Netherlands in the semis by penalties then with a single goal to Italy in the bronze medal match.

Last time at home they were upset by the Greeks in the semis but managed to earn the bronze against Hungary – they scored the highest number of goals, 145, in the tournament.

Overall, they reached the semis 6 times in 13 appearances, earned medals three times claiming one kind of each.Besides the Olympic silver, the world title and the three European medals, they have a bronze from the 2014 World Cup and a silver from the 2016 World League, these are the highlights (and only medals) of their international campaigns.

They missed the first three Olympics, then came 2nd in London and 5th in Rio.They took part in the World Championships in 1998 for the first time (came 9th) and until 2011 they were lifting between the 7th and 11th places.

Then came the golden run in Barcelona in 2013 (till date they are the last ones who could defeat the US team in the knockout stage at any majors, that time they beat them in the quarters). In 2015 they slipped back to 7th but two years later in Budapest they marched to the final where they were beaten by the US team and the same happened in Gwangju – that silver also secured their Olympic spot in Tokyo.

Spain’s overall stats at the Europeans are as follows: 76 games, 35 wins, 3 draws, 37 losses, goal difference: 811-626.

(By LEN)

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