Spain and Brazil: for the record
Fans of the Spanish national team have had have plenty to smile about for two years and four months now - the length of time La Roja have gone unbeaten. This impressive sequence, currently at 35 games, has seen them equal the record for unbeaten games set by Brazil between December 1993 and January 1996.
This Wednesday 24 June at the Free State stadium in Bloemfontein, Spain will attempt to overcome the USA to reach the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 and set a new unbeaten record in the process.
FIFA.com is now giving you the chance to compare how A Seleção and La Roja achieved their historic feats by compiling the sides' respective 35-games sequences here for you.
Some of our readers may be wondering why the final of the 1995 Copa America, which Brazil lost on penalties to Uruguay, has been included in the sequence. The simple answer is that for statistical purposes, wins, losses and draws are recorded based on what happens during regulation and extra time only.
Brazil's unbeaten run included 16 friendlies, three games from the 1995 Copa Umbro (a friendly tournament held in England), three from the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1996, six from the 1995 Copa America as well as the seven games that earned them the world title at the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA™. In total they played eight times at home and 27 times abroad during that run.
Spain's sequence, meanwhile, encompasses their three group games at the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009, 11 friendlies, six qualifying matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, the nine qualifiers that took them to the final stages of UEFA EURO 2008 plus the six games that secured them their historic second major title there. 14 of these games were played on home soil and 21 outside Spain.
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