A long time ago in a footballing galaxy far, far away, the Spanish national team were enjoying success after success; their tiki taka style could not be stopped.
Everything clicked from top to bottom like a well-oiled machine, playing with fluidity and football that would bring Ray Hudson to the brink of a nervous breakdown.
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and the stars of yesteryear have aged. La Furia Roja isn’t the same burning flame that was electrifying the world of football.
Their exit from the Euros was predictable as they looked below average against a relatively weak Italian side. Spain was outcoached and outclassed on the pitch and eventually were “Conte-ed” from the competition.
Pique and Sergio Ramos will be on the other side of 30 when Russia rolls around and Alvaro Morata still won’t be able to lead the front line.
Spain better hope that Iniesta continues to age like a fine wine in order to earn a roster spot or the midfield will begin a long, slow descent to mediocrity.
The Golden Age of Spain has come and gone, but it changed the world of football forever.
The greats of the era like Xabi Alonso, David Villa, Fernando Torres, Iker Casillas, and Xavi will forever be remembered for their contributions in a Spain jersey and forgotten for their contributions in a Chelsea one. Lo siento, Torres.
Spain will be back one day and return to the zenith of world football, but that’s going to be awhile.
Before they were champions of Europe and the world, they were fondly known as the world’s biggest underachievers in the game.