Brazil - June 16, 2010 and June 30, 2013. The dates bracket an era which came to an end Sunday in Rio for world champions Spain as their 29 competitive matches unbeaten run came to a shattering end in a 3-0 Confederations Cup final loss to exhilarating Brazil.
The Furia Roja had during those three years and two weeks also become the first side in international footballing history to win three straight major tournaments, adding the 2010 World Cup and 2012 Euros to their Euro 2008 success.
The Spanish media lauded a golden era as one which finally proved that Spain are not perennial losers.
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