Its tiki-taka style thrilled supporters at EURO 2008 and also at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in
Now it has taken it to the brink of history as the only side to win three major international tournaments on the trot.
Yet it seems tiki-taka is no longer what it once was.
As four of the eight goals it has scored in
However, Xavi is not buying it.
"We are not bored," he said.
"All our players know how to adapt and how we play.
"It is important that our fans can identify with our style.
"They enjoy it and we enjoy it.
"If people think it is boring that
Indeed, Xavi feels the style of play has rescued his career.
In an era when the physical dominance of midfield areas seemed to be taking over, he would have found it difficult.
But, first with Barcelona, then with a previously under-performing national side, a system has been found that allowed the 32-year-old to confirm his status as one of the best players in the world.
"I feel very lucky," he said.
"Some years ago football had gone in the direction of being more physical.
"We had slightly weaker, but more technical, players.
"That is what we tried to do with
"We cannot stay in the past century," he said.
"Football is evolving and our players have changed.
"The nucleus is the same but you cannot say we haven't tried to change anything and have stayed on the same line."
"We will play with three attackers that's for sure," said
"There will be three men in the front who are going to be responsible for attacking.
"Each member of the team has his own mission."
Yet, in a sense, they have already achieved their most significant task; transforming the perception of a team many felt, like England, was destined to fail.
"This feels different," said skipper
"Four years ago we achieved something the team had never achieved before.
"Then we won the World Cup, which showed we were evolving as a team.
"After four years, now we are in another final, which is something no-one could have imagined before the first one.
"People talk about creating history. But it has been created already. We did it with that very first win."
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