Spain Sweden won in the first game without Raul
On October 7, 2006, Spain fell to a 2-0 defeat against Sweden in a game that really marked the end of an era.
La Roja were in crisis, Luis Aragones was in trouble and Raul Gonzalez wasn’t involved.
At that point, everyone was questioning the coach who went on to change Spain‘s modern history.
The European Championship was slipping away after a defeat against Northern Ireland, but things turned around and Iker Casillas ended up lifting the trophy in Vienna in the summer of 2008.
Casillas defended his teammates that night, though, explaining that nothing was lost and that the players trusted Aragones.
He fulfilled his role as captain and looked to steady the ship.
With Raul left out, David Villa inherited his shirt, although the pressure might have weighed on him as he suffered against Sweden.
But he got over that, eventually winning the European Championship and the World Cup with that famous No.7 on his back.