The debate about where exactly the current Spain side sits among the pantheon of great international football sides opened up again earlier this month when Vicente del Bosque's side won Euro 2012.
What with it being La Furia Roja's third consecutive tournament triumph—the first nation to achieve such a feat—they have a very strong case for being regarded as the best international side ever to play the game.
But are they the best ever? And who are they up against for that award?
Here are 10 teams that have earned the right to be called great, by virtue of their excellence over a sustained period or by the lasting mark of their brief brilliance left on the game.
No doubt there will be disagreements with this list, so feel free to leave your comments and your own rankings below.