Until the most recent squads conquered every title possible, Spain's national team was known as a loser in big competitions, even though they've had their fair share of big names and great talents.

How can one make the best XI out of them? Do you go straightforward with picking only the footballers who contributed to the recent success, or do you look for in the older skillful players of the '60s and the '80s? 

Who would anyone put on the right-back position? Will the XI have two defensive midfielders like Alonso and Pirri, or only playmakers like Xavi and Luis Suarez?

And how about the attacking line? Can the great scorers Villa and Raul coexist in the same line-up?

Let's see....

Formation : 4-3-3

Goalkeeper : Iker Casillas

San Iker does not really have much competition here. His brilliant anticipation, presence in the box and incredibly fast reflexes made him a true saviour in the first and only World Cup that Spain won, in 2010.

He is the most capped player of the Furias Rojas, having made 151 appereances since he was 19 years-old in 2000.

Right-Back : Sergio Ramos

Although Ramos is a way better stopper than a full-back, he's been a very important pillar for Spain's defence in the last very successful years.

He is only 27 years of age but his defensive solidity and awarness along with his attacking contribution, gave him the opportunity to make an amount of 113 appereances.

Centre-Back : Fernando Hierro

Hierro is one of the best attacking centre-backs of all time - and of the greatest (and probably one of the last) sweepers of recent years. His ability to get forward and score goals made him one of the most difficult players to play against. 

Hierro manage to score 29 times in the Spanish colours, a great amount for a central defender.

Centre-Back : Carles Puyol

The Catalan defender is not so much about the cleverness in the game, but he is as lion-hearted and competitive as a defender can be. He has been a stalwart for Spain, helping them become the force that they are now.

Left-Back : Jose Antonio Camacho

Unquestionably the very best and probably the only great Spanish left-back of-all-time. Armed with boundless stamina and both defending and attacking skills, he was the leading force of the Spanish side which made it to the final of the 1984 European championship.

Centre-Midfielder : Xavi

Xavi is a provider of quality and longevity in Spain's current midfield. The engine of the Furias Rojas is a deep-lying playmaker with perceptive passing and a great talent of balancing and controlling the game. 

He was voted player of the tournament at the European Championships in 2008.

Centre-Midfielder : Luis Suarez

In his prime, the Spaniard was one of the greatest deep lying playmakers of-all-time, with his exquisite passing skills, explosive shot, vision and control of the game.

He is one of the best Spanish footballers of the 20th century, being the one who led them to triumph in Euro 1964.

Centre-Midfielder : Andres Iniesta

It's hard to imagine the runaway success of the recent Spanish squads, without Andres Iniesta's contribution. His agility, passing ability and ball control, makes Iniesta eligible to play in all of the midfield's positions, but also in the attacking wings.

Iniesta is the one who scored the trophy-winning goal against Netherlands, in the extra time of the 2010 World Cup final.

Right-Winger : Raul

Probably the biggest Spanish legend of all-time, Raul was rather unlucky not to be part of the most successful Spanish side ever. 

He combined great positioning and scoring instincts with heart, leadership and the ability to be a playmaker even as a striker.

Centre-Forward : David Villa

A player with great finishes and great flair, Villa is the top goalscorer in the history of the Spanish national team, with 56 goals.

Along with Fernando Torres they made a great attacking duo that was a deadly weapon against any possible defense.

Left-Winger : Paco Gento

Gento didn't really have much national success unlike other Spanish wingers, but he is the only player with 6 European Cups - and he was so talented, always running past defenders with his pace and agility, that no-one can really challenge him for this spot.

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