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Where are they now? Spain's Euro 2008 drought-breakers

We revisit La Roja's breakthrough side. Which ones have retired and how many are still playing, aiming for a third straight continental crown?

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Iker Casillas

Spain have been blessed with good goalkeepers for decades now, but in terms of skills between the posts, leadership and overall achievements, Casillas is perhaps the best of them all.

Handed the captaincy following the exclusion of club team-mate Raul Gonzalez, Casillas led Spain to their most successful period as they followed up success in 2008 by lifting the World Cup two years later in South Africa, and then retained the European Championship in 2012. He is still part of the national team, but could lose his No.1 shirt to David de Gea at Euro 2016.

Casillas won everything there was to win during his 16 years at Real Madrid, but left on a sad note in the summer of 2015 after a fall-out with club president Florentino Perez.

Now contracted to Porto through 2018, Casillas recently expressed his interest to enter management. He also recently welcomed a second child with wife and journalist Sara Carbonero. – VV

Iker Casillas

Sergio Ramos

Ramos is among the players still donning their boots from the Euro 2008 triumph under Luis Aragones, along with Casillas, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and David Silva. His hairstyle from that tournament eight years ago, however, has thankfully been left in the past.

Euro 2016 will be his third European Championship after being a part of the Spain team which won the last two editions.

Sergio Ramos

Despite regularly being linked to Manchester United since 2008, Ramos has remained at Real Madrid and celebrated his 10th anniversary at the Santiago Bernabeu last year.

In France it's likely he'll be given the honour of captaining Spain for the first time, if incumbent skipper Casillas doesn't start in goal. – AS

Carlos Marchena

After announcing his retirement in January this year, Marchena has been involved in community projects to promote football. Last month the former Spain defender helped inaugurate a new football pitch in Canada Real – believed to be Europe’s largest shanty town, situated near Madrid.

On the pitch, Marchena trained with Spanish amateur side CD Gerena for several months after quitting Indian Super League (ISL) outfit Kerala Blasters last October. That was a difficult stint for Marchena, however: he featured only once for his club following a persistent back problem.

Carlos Marchena

The former Valencia stopper found Spain appearances hard to come by under current manager Vicente del Bosque, but he did manage to play his 50th undefeated match in a 1-0 win over Paraguay during the victorious 2010 World Cup campaign, surpassing the previous record held by Brazil’s Garrincha (49).­ – HS

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