It has been 12 years since the World Cup 2010 when the Spain National Football Team of incredible talent and depth took home the World Cup. Andres Iniesta – the man who scored the winning goal against the mighty Dutch in the 116th minute, is plying his trade in the J-league now with Vissel Kobe in the twilight years of his career. His partnership with the new Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandes was the foundation of the Barcelona and Spain team’s humongous success over the years.
The “tiki-taka” or possession-based play which Spain made more popular in the world, was on the verge of extinction. But, with the arrival of Luis Enrique, the playing style, which is the core of any team, is back. The next generation of players for the Spain Nation Football Team has gone through the transition period now and they seem ready to make a dent in other nations’ hope to win the most coveted price in World Football.
Spain national football team: Style of play
After Vincente Del Bosque took the Spain National Football Team to incredible heights during his tenure by winning 3 tournaments on the bounce – Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and the Euros again in 2012, Spain was indeed on top of the world, it seemed as if everyone was talking about Spain during those glory years. The possession-based approach known among football fans as the “tiki-taka” was improved and developed so well and executed perfectly by the Spain team.
Their Confederation cup run was impressive as they reached the final, but the form of some of their players had dwindled. In 2014, the tiki-taka was well countered by the teams in the World Cup, and Spain walked home early in the group stages of that tournament. Thus, ending their world domination. In the 2016 Euro, they were defeated by Italy in the round of 16, and the 2018 World Cup was also another disappointing affair, as Russia defeated them on penalties in the round of 16. It seemed that the magic of the Tiki-Taka was not there anymore. But the appointment of Luis Enrique has been instrumental in bringing back the DNA of the Spain National Team.
Spain team overview
Enrique had managed Barcelona during the MSN era and was able to achieve an unprecedented treble with them. His coaching journey started at Barcelona B, and then it took him to Serie A with Roma and then back to La Liga with Celta Vico. Even though he likes his teams to attack with quick transitions sometimes, which can be very deadly. Possession-based football is a core philosophy for him.
An exemplary display of his philosophy was seen as Spain could get to the UEFA Nations League final at the end of last season. Although France won the tournament, they were able to showcase that this Spain Football team is now ready to give a proper challenge to the big boys. The transition is now complete, and the Spain National Football Team is no longer just a group of young inexperienced players. They are proper players now in their own right, and it will not be a surprise if they can go deep into the tournament in Spanish style.
Spain national football team players to watch out for
Pedri has been a revelation since he made his debut under Ronald Koeman. In the 20-21 season, he made 73 appearances which was more than any other player had made that season. Luis Enrique gave him his debut. It was in the inaugural match of the Euro 2020. Later featured in all the matches throughout the tournament, where he only missed one minute of Spain’s Euro run. He is deemed the next Iniesta as he is the one that controls the tempo of the game and has the creativity and flair that only a few notable players have.
If Pedri is the new Iniesta, then Gavi is the next Xavi. Well, that is what the fans think. Of course, their game has not yet reached the refinement level that Xavi-Iniesta had in their peak years. But with Gavi just 17 years of age and Pedri at 18, the time for them to create their own story is still possible. And, what is a better stage than a World Cup to get started?
Fati is another member of the Barcelona squad who is young, exciting and promising. He made his debut for Barcelona at just 16 years of age. And has been among Barcelona’s goals during a tough time for the Club. He has had a tough time with injuries lately. But Luis Enrique has added him to the Nations League squad yet again. However, only when he is fully fit will he be given a chance to play for La Roja.
How to watch Spain match live stream?
Fans can catch the live telecast of all of Spain’s matches through the official partners of the World Cup. Sony Network in India, BBC in the UK, and Sky Sports in the USA. If you belong to Football rich community in Spain, various Bars and pubs will be screening Spain live football streaming. A host of free streaming services are accessible for watching Spain’s live football TV streaming.
Here is a list of reliable best free live football streaming services.
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