Spain competed at every World League between 1995 and 2004, but 2014 was only their second in the following 10 years. In last year's tournament they finished joint-fifth in Group 3 having taken third place in Pool G by winning matches against Puerto Rico and Slovakia in five sets. This year, Kazakhstan is the destination for their first set of matches against the hosts along with Egypt and Venezuela. Spain's best result in the tournament is fifth, which they achieved in 1999, 2002 and 2003. After a 12th-place finish at the Italy 2010 World Championship, the Europeans did not qualify for the 2014 edition. Their best result in that competition was an eighth-place finish at their debut event in 1998.
The high point of Spanish volleyball history was the team's victory at the 2007 European Championship. Coached by Andrea Anastasi, they won every match in both group stages before beating Finland in the semifinal and hosts Russia in the final. The Spanish have also achieved continental success in the European League, winning the competition in 2007 and taking silver three times since. They have competed at two Olympic Games, finishing ninth at Sydney 2000 and eighth at Barcelona 1992.