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The Greatest International Team in the History of Football

Spain (2008-2012) - A golden generation


As we all know football is the most popular sport in the world. With only some countries being an exception, football is something more than a sport in most countries - it is craziness, a way of life. From the smaller village to the most isolated island, you can always find youth playing football. Football is the most played sport across the globe because of one reason, it is cheap and easily accessible.

1. Football expresses the human nature.
A child just learns to walk in two legs. The next think which is going to do is to run, and then to kick something (ball in our case). Then to create a simple structure - probably to place to stones one next to each other (goalpost?).

2. You can practice football much more easily than the other sports.
To play amateur football, all you need is a ball and two stones or standing sticks placed in a parallel. While to play basketball you need at least a small basketball field, to play baseball you need special suits and a bat, to play rugby you need special suits, to play water polo you need a pool etc.

3. Football eliminates none.
It does not matter if you are short or tall. Even if you are kind of fat you can still play football if you have the talent. On the other side, in basketball you need to be tall, in rugby you need to be bulky etc.





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The most successful team that the history of football have seen is Spain with three major trophies in six years, including two euro cups and one world cup.

In sport, a golden generation or golden team is an exceptionally gifted group of players of similar age, whose achievements reach or are expected to reach a level of success beyond that which their team had previously achieved.

One of the most successful group of players, at club and international level, that the game has ever seen. While Spain had some decent teams over the years, they had always been international football’s nearly men, and had never assembled a truly great team, just as they had by 2008. Spain’s squad, predominantly made up of Barcelona and Real Madrid players, included such stars as Iker Casillas, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Sergi Busquets, Cesc Fabregas, Juan Mata, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Carles Puyol, Fernando Torres, David Villa and many, many more incredibly gifted players.

Spain won the European Championships in 2008 beating Germany in the final. Going into the 2010 World Cup, Spain were big favourites, despite having never progressed beyond the quarterfinals at a World Cup. Spain was a class apart and despite aggressive tactics used by Netherlands in the final, Spain won their first World Cup. They cemented their place as one of the greatest national teams ever at Euro 2012, thrashing Italy 4-0 in the final to make it three successive major trophies.


UEFA Euro 2008

Spain’s dominance in football started with the victory in the Euro 2008 final where they outplayed Germany which largely was a one-sided match. The decisive goal came in the 33rd minute from none other than the team’s star player, Fernando Torres. Midfield architect Xavi earned the assist after providing an absolute magnificent through ball. Spain was dominant throughout the match and ultimately went on to win the match with the scoreline being 1-0. The fans experienced something which seemed surreal and it was remarked as once in a generation event: Spain lifting a trophy as European Champions.


FIFA World Cup 2010. Road to Glory.

World Cup 2010. Road to glory. The year La Roja fans recall with utmost exuberance. The year Spain created history winning the World Cup for the first time ever. After an exhilarating campaign, they marched on to World Cup 2010. In spite of being the favorites to lift the cup, Spain’s opening match against Switzerland reminded that if Spain anything less than their best would leave the door off the latch. Regardless of the first match, they went on to win rest of the matches by narrow margins and ultimately the moment arrived when their dedication and forbearance finally paid off. Football presented us a new World Cup Champion.



Iniesta changed the history of Spanish football.


UEFA Euro 2012

Spain entered Euro 2012 as the favorites and proved the world why they were not wrong. Spain emerged Euro champion for the 3rd time trouncing Italy to a 4-0 outcome. David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres, Juan Mata found the back of the net respectively. What bothered Del Bosque during the tournament was the absence of an in form no. 9 for which he opted for Cesc Fabregas to lead the attack ahead of Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Torres as a ‘false nine’ role. But eventually, Torres went on to win the Golden boot while Xavi became the first player to register assists in two Euro finals. Spain’s colossal feat in addition to their Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 successes, made them the first team in history to win 3 major international tournaments consecutively.



Despite a strong pedigree at club level, with teams such as Real Madrid and Barcelona, Spain frequently underachieved at international level. However, they won their first major trophy since the 1964 European championship after defeating Germany in the Euro 2008 final. This was followed by success in the 2010 World Cup against the Netherlands and in 2012, Spain were again crowned European champions after defeating Italy 4–0. The first team in history to achieve three successive international titles. This has led many commentators and experts to declare this Spanish team as the greatest international team in the history of the game. With Barcelona's Xavi and Andrés Iniesta at the helm, this golden generation of technically gifted players have been credited with changing some of the standard model rules of the game. Spain played most of Euro 2012 with a so-called false number 9; replacing the traditional central forward role with a playmaker. 


Tiki-taka ( We write "Tiqui-taca" )

In each of their three tournament wins, Spain completed more passes than any other team in the competition. Along with passing, the other distinctive part of their game is ball possession. Spain have had majority possession in every competitive game since the start of Euro 2008, save the final game of Euro 2008 against Germany. Spain's tactical game has been dubbed "TIKI-TAKA". Spain has ended each of the last five years at the top of the FIFA World Rankings.

Tiki-taka (commonly spelled tiqui-taca in Spanish) is a style of play in football characterised by short passing and movement, working the ball through various channels, and maintaining possession. 



The Most Dominant Teams in Europe are Spanish


Spanish Teams dominant during the last years: ( 6  European Championships of the last 9 ones )


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Real Madrid is the most successful club in the competition's history, having won the tournament 12 times, including its first five seasons. Spanish clubs have accumulated the highest number of victories (17 wins), followed by England and Italy (12 wins apiece).

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The termination of an unprecedented era of supremacy

So that's all? Spain’s golden era came to an end? The answer that would come floating from everyone’s mouth is ‘Yes’. The termination of an unprecedented era of supremacy ensued.

We express our gratitude and appreciation to Spain national team for the elegant and beautiful football that they provided us with. It’s high time Spain adapted themselves to the changed football and burgeon thereby with proper guidance and supervision.


The Scarf - Mamen Delgado  by Mamen 🐝 Delgado


Original Sources:

https://able2know.org/topic/81876-1

https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/the-rise-and-fall-of-spains-golden-generation

https://es.wikipedia.org




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Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez

hace 3 años #17

#25
CRUYFF have a best teacher, Faas Wilkes https://youtu.be/A1KIHsP2GhQ

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 3 años #16

After reading this content again, Real Madrid won another Champion League, and Spain is playing a nice football again ! 

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #15

#25
One of football's great mysteries was why Johan Cruyff missed the 1978 World Cup.

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #14

#21
no doubt about that. But I am talking about a generation of same players winning everything ;)

CityVP Manjit

hace 4 años #13

There are two reasons why the fans of Barcelona today treat the late and great Johan Cruyff as God-like legend. 1. He inspired and brought tiki-taka style of Dutch play to the Barcelona way of playing, which then became a Spanish way 2. He championed the cause of Catalonia, and even went on to manage the Catalonia football team There is no doubt that the Spanish team that arose between 2008 and 2012 had the results to lay claim to the greatest international team, but one cannot and should never exclude the chief architect here and that was the Dutch master Cruyff. The greatest irony for Cruyff was "anti-football" detailed here : https://www.theguardian.com/football/2010/jul/12/world-cup-final-johan-cruyff-holland For me the most exciting team in International football is one that I was young enough at the age of 9 remember playing, and that is the 1970 World Cup winning team of Brazil. The names Jairzinho, Pelé and Rivelino are still today as magical as the masterclass they put forth in smashing Italy to win that World Cup. I have never seen anything like that ever since. I have not endeared myself to the great efficiency of the best German teams, so naturally I am glad to see Spanish players find a style of play that was nearly as attractive but perhaps not as exhilarating as that 1970 Brazilian team when Pele was at the height of his powers. It is indeed good for a Spanish person to be absolutely proud of the accomplishments of his countrymen and women. I would encourage this love and passion to grow, because those who otherwise would not be involved or take interest in the beautiful game, are the most welcomed when they decide to engage it.

John White, MBA

hace 4 años #12

The origins of the word "soccer." Blame the British, it originated there. Now, only countries that have another sport known as football use the term soccer (Canada, Austrailia, USA, New Zealand and maybe a few others). I remember going to watch El Racing (they were First Division en La Liga then!) play with my host brother in Santander. I had never seen anything like a First Division futbol game in Spain before. Talk about a cultural experience! The game has really grown here in the US. It's far from the most popular sport but it has really taken off in the last 25 years. I remember when we didn't even have a Division 1 pro league in the US or Canada. Soccer was played at the amateur level (and mostly just by kids). Television has also helped grow the game here. When I was a kid we didn't have any exposure to European futbol. You couldn't even read about it the newspaper or magazines. Now, you can watch all the games from all the leagues around the world on tv. European games make the highlights on Sports Center. Hosting the World Cup in 1994 made the difference. That is when things started to change. We got a Division 1 league again shortly thereafter with the MLS. It's not European futbol but at least we have a decent league now where our players can develop. Fans can go watch a game live with their friends and family. Read more about the origins of the word soccer via this link: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/06/why-we-call-soccer-soccer/372771/
Cool 😎

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #10

English football German fussball Spanish fútbol Portuguese futebol

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #9

#11
Pamela \ud83d\udc1d Williams you and your daughter are welcome !!!! Football in Spanish is Fútbol. This word comes from "football".

Lüiz Enrique

hace 4 años #8

É... A espanha realmente surpreende com o toque de bola hipnotizante. Show de bola!

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #7

#1
Pamela \ud83d\udc1d Williams if you ask here, Nobody know what Soccer is LOL :-) ,,, we call "your football" - "American football" :-) Many thanks for your comment. Your daughter have to come to Spain to enjoy Football :-)

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #6

#1
thanks Pamela \ud83d\udc1d Williams for your comment ! The reality is that Spain is having happy moments in Sport during the last years ( Football - Real Madrid / Barcelona / Spain Basketball - Spain (despite of being always defeat by USA :-) Tennis - Rafael Nadal Cycling - Miguel Indurain, Alberto Contador In addition to football, Spaniards can take pride in their country's success in Basketball If U.S. fans didn't know how good Spanish basketball was before 2008, they found out at the Beijing Olympics when the Spaniards shocked Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and others, scoring 107 points in a heroic losing effort and taking the silver medal. There are currently five Spaniards in the NBA, including Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, Jose Calderon, Ricky Rubio, etc These are just the four most popular sports in Spain. You can also find Spanish names in the ranks of Formula One racing, the two-time world champions Fernando Alonso ; golf, where Sergio Garcia won The US Masters

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #5

Spain & Tourism https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/spain-tourism

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #4

Vamosssss :-) https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/vamossssssssssssss-english-espanol

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #3

Spaniards and Americans love basketball :-) https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/reasons-why-i-love-the-usa

Javier 🐝 CR

hace 4 años #2

thanks Pamela \ud83d\udc1d Williams for your comment ! The reality is that Spain is having happing moments in Sport during the last years ( Football - Real Madrid / Barcelona / Spain Basketball - Spain (despite of being always defeat by USA :-) Tennis - Rafael Nadal Cycling - Miguel Indurain, Alberto Contador In addition to football, Spaniards can take pride in their country's success in: Basketball If U.S. fans didn't know how good Spanish basketball was before 2008, they found out at the Beijing Olympics when the Spaniards shocked Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and others, scoring 107 points in a heroic losing effort and taking the silver medal. There are currently five Spaniards in the NBA, including the Lakers' Pau Gasol, Toronto's Jose Calderon, and Minnesota's Ricky Rubio, the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. These are just the four most popular sports in Spain. You can also find Spanish names in the ranks of Formula One racing, the two-time world champions Fernando Alonso ; golf, where Sergio Garcia won The US Masters

Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez

hace 4 años #1

Grant us the glory that corresponds to us Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee Albiol, Villa, Silva, Mata, Marchena and Alba of the Valencia CF. Few can say that they won the World Championship by playing well, Brazil, Germany and Spain. Italy efficiency and Argentina with doubts in the 78 and Maradona the 86. Great and emotional article. Thank you for reminding me great time.

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