The Fall Of Spanish Football

The Fall Of Spanish Football

Spain most recent loss of Chile in saw them bow out of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil. What exactly happened to this team of World Champions?

Spain and their all conquering, intricate style of football are not finished. But their generation of fantastic players who played the Spanish football to great effect are. Xavi Hernandez, David Villa, Carlos Puyol, Xabi Alonso, Iker Casillas were all victors as Spain clinched the European Championships in 2008 and 2012 as well as the FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa. History will remember them as world class footballers, amongst the finest of their generation. But their time has gone.

There was a humiliating element as Spain loss to Chile. Spain is obsessed with the football cycles. If the 2 most successful clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid lose 2 games then it herald the end of a cycle. It is hard to argue that the current Spanish Team isn’t finished. Failure to get pass the FIFA World Cup 2014 group stages – albeit the toughest one of the eight – is still a failure when you are ranked World No. 1.

Spain were slow and second best in both their opening games and they paid a heavy price for it. Their normally resolute defence has been burst open as teams learnt how to play against the inflexible Spanish team, which sticked determinedly to their Tiki-Taka philosophy. Spain has conceded 3 goals in 8 qualifying matches; they have conceded 7 in 2 games when it matters. This team is over.

Yet, Spain fans should not despair. They have an emerging generation of players who could go on and replicate the achievements of the ageing legends. These young generation of players include the likes of David de Gea, Koke, Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara, Ander Herrera. These players have led the Spanish Under 21 team to win the European Championships in the last 2 year. I am sure these young generation would be full of desire and hunger unlike this generation who no longer have the same hunger. If you have won everything there was to win, would you still be filled with this hunger to win?

The era of the Spanish dominance in football is now over and we will soon see a rising power in this FIFA World Cup 2014.  Kudos to Chile. In the years to come, the Spanish team would develop and evolve their playing style. Given the potential in the younger generation of players the Spanish team has, if developed well, there is no doubt that Spain would dominate the Football World again.

The Fall Of Spanish Football

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[…] Xavi, 34, has won 133 international caps for Spain but lost his starting place during their disastrous FIFA World Cup campaign in Brazil as Vicente del Bosque’s side exited the competition after just 2 games – and were the first to exit the FIFA World Cup 2014. […]

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