Sunday, February 22, 2009

La Armada Invencible!

Over in Spain, nobody will believe the English when they say "A team of superstars does not guarantee success". And how can you blame them?

What Luis Aragones has left new boss Vicente Del Bosque, is a set of players who have already been crowned Champions of Europe, haven't been defeated in 29 matches and have strong potential to conquer the world in two years' time.

Led by Madrid's Iker Casillas, the best goalkeeper in the world, Spain seems to be thriving on the pressure of playing under expectations and enjoying the favourites tag put on them before every game. They turned the burden of going "44 years without a major trophy" into an inspiration and went on to lift the Henry Delaunay Trophy in Euro 2008.

It's probably a fair indicator of the strength of the Spanish team when Arsenal's best player, skipper Cesc Fabregas and England's topmost defensive midfielder, Liverpool's Xabi Alonso cannot get into their starting XI. Everton midfielder Mikael Arteta who possesses the skills to get into the lineup of any other country in Europe is not even in the squad. Neither is the in-form Madrid talisman Raul.

Xavi Hernandez, who was named the Player of the Tournament in Euro 2008, is the primary reason for Spain's success. Statistics show he covered the most ground in the tournament. Combining that with his slick passing and the knack of finding a seemingly impossible defence-splitting pass makes him the driving force of the Spanish team.

The reason for Xavi's freedom to roam around the pitch lies with the tackling ability of Villareal's Marcos Senna, who sits right in front of the defence to do the dirty work and mop up all the opponent attacks.

The exceptional ball control and passing ability of the highly-rated Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta along with the brilliant wing play of Valencia's young winger David Silva make up a richly skilled midfield with great strength and depth.

Barcelona's Carles Puyol and Valencia's Carlos Marchena form an uncompromising and experienced centre-back pairing. The brilliance of Madrid's Sergio Ramos, who is among the best young defenders in the world, and solidity of Villareal's Joan Capdevilla completes a defence which is backed up by Liverpool's Alvaro Arbeloa to provide a stern test to any opponent.

However, the trump card for the Spanish National Team is the forward pairing of Liverpool's Fernando Torres and Valencia's David Villa. Frightening speed, exceptional striking prowess, quality link up play and the heavy goal-scoring ability make them the deadliest strike partnership in the world capable of not only unlocking, but destroying any defence in the world.

The full weight of their power was felt at Euro 2008, when Villa's tournament topping four goals carried them into the Euro 2008 final and the job was completed by a goal from Man-of-the-Match Torres, who had been quiet all tournament but stepped up to the plate in the absence of his more prolific strike partner.

Add to this, the presence of last season's La Liga top scorer Mallorca's David Guiza and statistically Premier League's best goalkeeper, Liverpool's Pepe Reina, on the bench to complete an unrelenting squad of talented players.

With the ex-Galacticos boss Vicente Del Bosque at the helm, bringing with him the experience of successfully managing a number of superstars in the same team, the Spanish Armada will not have much problem converting hype into performances, performances into success and success into trophies.

Maradona and Dunga must watch out because Del Bosque's side is fast becoming the team to watch out for at South Africa 2010.


  1. It was a good article.But what,according to you , was the reason of the rivalry between real madrid and barca players being nullified in last 1 year.I hope you will give reply through new blog on this topic.

  2. I agree with this because Spain is the best team in the world I've heard they're called "La fuerza Roja" I figure out that's because of their performances.

  3. Its true that Spain is the current European champion... the Spain striker has developed into possibly the Premier League’s most complete players, as well as one of its most likeable....


  4. Indeed a very interesting blog. Read a pleasure. Cognitive information that is very good.

  5. A team full of stars. Invincibila Armada

  6. Cool post. Thank for the sharing with us!

  7. Cool post. Thank for the sharing with us!


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