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Has Spain replaced Brazil as king of football?

October 30, 2012

Spain football team best in the world

Are the days of footballers from Brazil, Argentina dominating world football over? It seems to be, as the FIFA Ballon d’Or nominees suggest with seven Spanish players dominating the list namely Sergio Busquets, Iker Casillas, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso and Xavi Hernandez. The current FIFA ranking also suggest Spain to be the number one team in the world. The nominees contains a list of 23 footballers from around the world, out of which one would be awarded with the elusive FIFA Ballon d’Or award. Messi and Ronaldo are the overall favourites for the title.

The Spanish team has been hugely successful with the number of quality players at their disposal. They have some of the best defenders in the world such as Carlos Puyol, midfielders like Iniesta, strikers like Torres. There is not a single position that has been left uncovered, as they have an embarrassment of riches in all positions. No wonder, the Spanish team has won the three most prestigious tournament that has been played in this planet of late, which includes 2008 and 2012 European Championship as well as the 2010 World Cup.

It is not only that they have world class stars in their line up to showcase their skills, but it is their style with which they play that has caught the attention of the rest of the world. They are dominating world football with their tiki-taka style and its roots lie in Barcelona Football Club, which has just made the game look more beautiful. Around 70-80 percent of the Spanish football team players play for either Real Madrid or Barcelona, so they have a good understanding, which is reflected in the way they play their game against any team in the world. It is a visual treat to the human eye.

Spain and trophies in football

Spain has established themselves as the number one team in the world, but their real test lies ahead when they play some more major tournaments. Other nations would try to play their best against them and register a victory. They would be tagged as favouroites, when they play , so they are going to be the team to beat. Sometimes, the Spanish team would also come under pressure, and it is at this juncture that their team would be tested to the core – time when men separate from boys.

If they want to be called as one of the best football playing nations, they need to be consistent in the near future as well, like the way Brazil did in the past. It is not only for a period of 5-10 years that Brazil, Argentina excelled in the game, but for decades, they ruled the sport. It is only now that they have seen a dip (as per FIFA , Brazil is ranked 14), which has given a chance for underachievers of the past, like Spain to come up and hold a superior place in world football.

There are positive signs for Spain, as the current Spanish team has a good mix of youth and experience. Several other youngsters are also waiting on the wings to perform at the highest level. It is this strong competition within the team for places in the Spanish team, which has brought them huge success of late. But, they should always be on the constant lookout to improve as a team. Other nations, like Belgium, Italy are just waiting for Spain’s form to dip to take over the reigns of world football, like the way Spain took advantage over Brazil’s downward slide.


From → Football

  1. jumpingpolarbear permalink

    They did it many years ago! They just keep on producing new talents. Still see Brazil as the favourites to take the World Cup 2014 trophy at home though. That tournament is going to be amazing!!

    • With the number of youngsters coming through for Spain, it might be Spain who would hold the favourites tag and neutrals and pundits alike would most often or not agree. But, watch out for Belgium, they are going to be the dark horses.

      • jumpingpolarbear permalink

        As I am Croatian, I hope Belgium will have to play playoff to get there 🙂

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