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ESP/Spain

The Spanish national team made their first significant international appearances relatively late, emerging in the 1980s to participate in the European Championships in 1981, 1985 and 1987 and finishing 12th at all three tournaments. But it was the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, which finally provided a major boost for the sport in this country.

The best Spanish players had undergone intense preparation in a training camp in the city of Granada and their efforts were finally rewarded when they finished a very creditable eighth. The team scored a similar success at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where they again slipped into the top ten, finishing ninth.

Spain made their first appearance at the World Championship in 1998 in Japan and finished eighth, but they slipped back to 13th position at the 2002 edition in Argentina.

Since 1995, the Spaniards have been a regular member of the World League family, a sign of recognition that the country belongs to the sport's leaders, and that their national team is more than up to the task of competing with the world elite.

Spain was unlucky not to make it to the 2001 finals despite five wins in the preliminaries but in 2002 they finally delivered. The Spaniards advanced comfortably to the finals and although they were missing their star player Raphael Pascual, they were elevated to a giant killer status when they pulled off a resounding victory over the ultimate winners Russia.

In 2003, the World League finals were held in Madrid, guaranteeing Spainís qualification for the run home as hosts. Despite the best efforts of Pascual, some mixed Preliminary Round form was followed by even more inconsistent Final Round play, which saw the home side finish fifth.

Spain, who ended last seasonís European Championships in eighth spot, are currently 14th on the FIVB World ranking and will start the 2004 World League in Pool A, together with Brazil, Greece and Portugal.

Prize Money
Spain Total Prize money US$
5 622 100

Overall Standings for Spain
World League Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
9 119 47 72 39.5