Spain

The past
Spain are set to return to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup scene after their surprise absence from the last edition, held in Ravenna/Italy 2011. Despite winning a series of European titles (in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012), La Selección have failed to make the same impact on the global stage, with their best performance to date fourth place at Marseille 2008.

The present
La Roja could barely have stamped their card more emphatically ahead of their return to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Spain sealed their ticket to Tahiti 2013 with success in the continental qualifying competition, held in 2012 in Moscow, and did so by defeating no less a side than the host nation, and reigning world champions, Russia.

The future
Their status as top dogs in Europe well established, La Selección are determined to take full advantage of their Tahiti trip to add the long-coveted world title to their honours’ list. “The arrival and integration of enthusiastic young players alongside the veterans is a great combination and it bodes well for our future," coach Joaquin Alonso told FIFA.com. "The objective is to win the World Cup and we’re capable of competing with the best teams out there." One of Spain's key men is Nico, who is poised for his sixth FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, while the squad includes seven newcomers to the tournament.