Spain Home 2004/06

spain 2004 team

Although not being Spanish, I had high hopes for La Roja heading into Euro 2004. I had always been a fan of Raul, Morientes and the now departed Hierro. The tournament was just over the border in Portugal and Spain had a decent squad, built with players from champions Valencia, Deportivo, and Real Madrid. Only three Barca players were in the team.


Spain got off to a great start with a win again Russia. La Roja then met surprise package Greece, who had stunned Portugal in the opening match. Morientes got the team off and running, but a second half equalizer from Angelos Charisteas meant there was still work to do against their Iberian neighbors. Another draw would see the Spaniards through with the hosts crashing out, but unfortunately for the Spanish, Nuno Gomes scored and there was no reply which meant that the La Seleccion fell at the first hurdle.


The team would regroup and qualify for the 2006 World Cup. Morientes fired in six goals in qualifying as the Spanish finished second behind Serbia and Montenegro. Slovakia was seen off 6-1 on aggregate in the playoffs and La Roja qualified for their eighth consecutive World Cup.


For this tournament, adidas introduced some interesting breathing areas around neck and underarms. The vents on the back shoulder were accented in yellow, which was a nice touch. Plus there were panels in the torso area that worked fine for me but maybe not so much for others in the higher weight classes. The three stripes came to a point rather than going all the way to the edge of the sleeve.

spanish coat of arms

The badge is embroidered on the shirt with no border and the word Espana above and looking at the crest led to further research. From Wikipedia:

The Spanish coat of arms symbolizes the country, the old kingdoms of Spain (Castile, Leon, Aragon, Navarre, Granada and the House of Bourbon), the Royal Crown, the Imperial Crown, the Constitutional monarchy, the Spanish national motto: Plus Ultra, and the Pillars of Hercules.


(image courtesy of Historical Kits)

Don’t wear this one nearly enough, but it’s a great, super lightweight shirt that rounds out a wonderful strip with the navy blue shorts and socks.

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