Soccer in Spain
World Cup and country's flag
In June 11-July 11, 2010 the World Cup took place in South Africa ans Spain won their first World Cup championship. Spain won their victory by defeating the Netherlands in the final with a score of 1-0. Overall, Spain has only won 1 victory ever during the World Cup. Spain may have only won 1 World Cup championship, but has appeared in the World Cup 14 times. Spain has appeared in the World Cup in the years of 2014, 2010, 2006, 2002, 1998, 1994, 1990, 1986, 1982, 1978, 1966,1962, 1950 and 1934. This gives Spain a 70% participation rate. Spain is currently ranked 4th in the world.
Spain's flag consists of a red and yellow triband where the yellow strip is twice as tall as the red stripes and the smaller version of the Spanish coat of arms on the yellow stripe. The Spanish coat of arms are two crown top pillars of Hercules with a display of the "PLUS ULTRA" motto and the two columns hold up a shield that display a castle, red and yellow vertical strips, chain mail, a lion wearing a crown and three fleure-de-lis inside an oval right in the center, and finally a crown of red and gold sits upon the shield. The PLUS ULTRA motto means More Beyond, which represents Columbus' discovery of the New World. Spain's pledge to the flag is called the Jura de Bandera. Jura de Bandera means the "oath of the flag".