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La Roja has had an up-and-down journey since winning the World Cup in South Africa.

They famously did not make it out of the group stage in Brazil and had a disappointing European tournament in France in 2016.

However, they appear to be back in the saddle after storming through the UEFA qualifiers, where they nabbed 28 points to win group G. They will be fielding much of the same group as they have for the last couple of years in Brazil and France, which provides them with ample experience.

Spain’s Storied World Cup History

Spain's history with the World Cup is a storied one with the best chapters occurring in recent history. 

La Roja has participated in 14 of the last 20 tournaments and compiled an overall record of 29-12-18. Their best years have come in the last decade and a half, as winners of the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championships in 2008 and 2012.

Spain also owns a world record for consecutive wins with 35, going undefeated between late 2006 until mid-2009. Brazil is the only other country to go on a 35-win run, which they did back in 1993-1996.

Spain’s Road To The 2018 World Cup

Spain’s trip to Russia this year shows they mean business again, after the disappointments of the last two major tournaments.

Spain won all of their qualifying matches except for one, a 1-1 draw with Italy in the second round of qualifying. From there, they rolled past all of the competition, including a 3-0 rematch win against the Italians and an 8-0 thumping of Liechtenstein.

Since then, Spain has continued to impress in friendly matches, pulling a draw with Germany and surprising Argentina with a 6-1 victory. Look for this team to come to Russia with something to prove, and don't be surprised to see them in the later rounds.

How Does The Spain World Cup 2018 Squad Stack Up?

The gang is back for this one with Diego Costa, David De Gea, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, David Silva and Álvaro Morata surely on the roster for Russia 2018.

In addition, Real Madrid’s attacking midfielder, Isco will be in the mix. This combination should provide for some potent offense as Costa, Morata, Silva, and Isco make up four of the top five scorers in Group G qualifying.

Defensively, Ramos and Piqué have looked good at center back in the two recent friendlies. Under Julen Lopetegui's 4-5-1 formation, this group seems primed for success.

Spain Odds to Win World Cup 2018

Spain's overall odds are 15-2, just behind Germany, Brazil, and France.

It will be a tremendous disaster if this team does not make it out of the group stage, but if it happened before, it can happen again. While it is a safer bet to have them go deep, don't be surprised if they do disappoint again.

If they fall to Portugal -which is a completely believable scenario- and then manages to lose or draw against Iran or Morocco, we could see a repeat of 2014. Don't count on it, though.

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