Spain at the end of their greatest footballing era to date

On June 18, 2014, the Spanish senior men’s football national team witnessed the end of their greatest footballing era to date when the crashed out of the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil. The gold star above the Spanish senior men’s football national team is ultimate evidence that when the call to greatness came, they answered it and headed out to the field play and etched their names and that of their nation in the books of history.

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Spain Badge

Spain, who have been world number since 2011, have undoubtedly seen the best six years of their footballing history thus far. Winning three major international titles along the way.

In 2008, after a long 44 year wait, Spain captured the UEFA European Championship. It was their second in history, a year later, Spain traveled to South Africa to play the Fifa Confederations cup and finished third.

In 2010, Spain returned to South Africa to play in the 19th Edition of the Fifa World Cup. They started that tournament badly after losing to Switzerland but quickly changed up their fortunes and went on to win the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

This World Cup title was their first in history, they were also competing in the final for the very first time surpassing their 1950 record when they reached in that edition and eventually finishing fourth.

In 2012, Spain successfully defended their UEFA European Championship title, further solidifying their place in the history of the football greats while securing their place in the next edition of the Fifa Confederations Cup.

In 2013, Spain traveled to Brazil where they continued their good run, which at the time had stood for half a decade. In that tournament, they reached the finals and went down to Brazil. Perhaps this was a clear sign that their game needed to move on.

After brushes with embarrassment at the hands of the lowly South Africans in Johannesburg, Spain returned to Brazil to defend their World Cup title. In their opening match, they suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the Netherlands when they lost 5-1.

Spain_Senior_Mens_National_Football_Team_The_EndIn their second match of the tournament, Spain faced a less fierce opponent in the form of Chile at Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre. Eduardo Vargas of Chile breached the Spanish defence of the 20th minute and put their World Cup hopes in further jeopardy. On the 43rd minute, Charles Aránguiz breached the Spanish defence one more time and put Chile 2-0 up before half time.

The team of Spain’s caliber is likely to recover from 2 goals and to all probability go on to win that match,  buoyed by the Tiki-taka, to think that Spain could recover did not seem farfetched. Every minute that passed served one purpose, to open eyes of the world to the fact that in the time of urgency, the Tiki-taka in not a viable option.

Spain dominated possession but failed to find the back of the net, the Tiki-taka seemed to pull them away from opportunities that could produced goals.

At the end of such an improbable run, Spain should hold their heads up high, not for the tournament that went wrong but for six years of inspiration.

Some of the names who walked on to the pitch in the colours of Spain on June 18 in the 2014 Fifa World Cup match 19 might not get a chance to do so come the next world cup, however, they will always be remembered as part of the greatest generation of Spanish footballers to date.


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