Spain have been installed as 7/2 second favourites to triumph at Euro 2016 after Sunday’s superb victory over Italy in the final of this summer’s tournament.
Goals from David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata saw La Roja make a mockery of those who had labelled them ‘boring’ as they swept the Azzurri aside in Kiev.
Vicente del Bosque’s men have already made history by becoming the first team to successfully retain the European Championships and to win three tournaments on the bounce.
However, the odds compilers at bwin still reckon 3/1 favourites Germany – who were beaten by Italy in the semi-finals in Poland and Ukraine – are a better bet for Euro 2016 glory, with hosts France at 4/1.
The vast majority of Spain’s victorious starting XI are likely to still be in the frame for that tournament, with the potential exception of Xavi, who is 32, Xabi Alonso (30) and Alvaro Arbeloa (29).
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But the immediate task now facing Del Bosque’s men is to secure qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where breaking another record – no European team has won a World Cup outside Europe – will be on their agenda.
Spain are priced up as 5/1 joint-second favourites alongside Germany and Argentina, with the hosts rated as 7/2 favourites to land a record sixth trophy.
As for England, they can be backed at a huge 25/1 to win the 2014 World Cup, while also being listed as 14/1 seventh-favourites for Euro 2014.
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