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Spain vs Germany: A final before the final at Euro 2024

MHPArena in Stuttgart sets the stage for a mouth-watering 2024 European Championship quarter-final tie between Spain and Germany on Friday.

Tied on three Euro titles each, the two most successful European teams are among the leading candidates to lift the prestigious trophy on July 14.

Widely considered a ‘final before the final,’ Friday’s clash has all the makings of a blockbuster as Spain and Germany trade tackles in the knockout stage of a major tournament for the first time since the 2010 World Cup semi-finals.

La Furia Roja boast fond memories of that encounter, having dispatched the Germans 1-0 en route to their only World Cup title, courtesy of Carles Puyol’s second-half winner.

Despite facing Die Mannschaft on their soil, the Spaniards seem well-positioned to strengthen their dominant recent record in this fixture amidst a superb tournament.

Inspired by the dynamic attacking duo Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams, Luis de la Fuente’s side breezed through the group stage as the only nation to win all three matches.

Georgia’s early opener in the last-16 failed to disrupt the harmony in Spain’s camp as they steamrolled to a thumping 4-1 victory.

However, Germany will be out to halt the Iberian heavyweights’ imperious run as they seek their first competitive triumph against their fierce continental rivals since 1988.

A 1-1 draw against Austria on the final group-stage matchday remains the only blemish on Julian Nagelsmann’s star-studded team’s otherwise perfect tournament.

Germany squeaked past Denmark in the opening knockout round in a game marred by a VAR controversy and interrupted by lightning, with goals by Kai Havertz and Jamal Musiala securing a 2-0 win.

‘Total football’ at its best

De la Fuente has transformed Spain’s famous possession-based system and intricate style of play into a more dynamic and adaptable approach, resulting in the Spaniards displaying the best football in Germany.

Spain easily defeated Albania, Croatia and Italy in the group phase, advancing into the round of 16 as the only side to keep a clean sheet in every game.

Their defensive resilience has been exceptional, with La Furia Roja conceding multiple goals in just two of their 18 outings since the start of 2023.

Another ‘win to nil’ could be on the cards, with Spain famously thrashing Germany 6-0 in the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League to qualify for the finals at Die Mannschaft’s expense.

That emphatic victory forms part of Spain’s formidable streak of six consecutive encounters against the Germans without defeat in competitive action (W3, D3).

New golden generation

While all the eyes stay focused on retiring superstar Toni Kroos, German youngsters Florian Wirtz and Musiala have soaked up the limelight as the country’s Euro 2024 heroes.

Musiala has been in scintillating form, bagging three goals in four tournament appearances, two of which came within the opening 25 minutes.

Through to the Euro quarter-finals for the first time since 2016, Nagelsmann’s side bid to end the nation’s 28-year title drought at the grandest continental platform.

Germany can draw confidence from their stellar eight-game unbeaten streak (W6, D2) despite failing to beat Spain since November 2014.

They’ve suffered three defeats across the last four meetings between the two nations, with the exception of a 1-1 draw in a Nations League fixture in September 2020.

Spain vs Germany Potential Line-ups

Spain (4-3-3): Unai Simon; Dani Carvajal, Robin Le Normand, Aymeric Laporte, Marc Cucurella; Pedri, Rodri, Fabian Ruiz; Lamine Yamal, Alvaro Morata, Nico Williams.

Germany (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Joshua Kimmich, Jonathan Tah, Antonio Rudiger, Daniel Raum; Toni Kroos, Robert Andrich; Jamal Musiala, Ilkay Gundogan, Florian Wirtz; Kai Havertz.


The recent history of this mammoth match-up suggests fans in Stuttgart could be in for an evenly-contested affair.

With six of the last seven matches between Spain and Germany producing two or fewer goals, this tie will likely go down to the wire.

Despite the Spaniards’ superb showings, playing on home turf could be a significant advantage for Germany, and it wouldn’t be surprising if they come out on top.

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