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Spain: The end of an Era

Sergio Ramos and Javi Martinez
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As the World Cup in Brazil approached, many believed that Spain were among the favorites to win the cup.

As the tournament approached many of the team’s players even talked up their chances of winning the cup.

After Spain’s first game, in which Spain was defeated 5-1 to the Netherlands, many began to wonder whether or not Spain would make it past the group stages.

Many hoped, that against Chile, that there would be a change in line up and a change in tactics. The lineup did change slightly, with only Xavi and Pique being dropped. They were replaced by Javi Martinez and Pedro.

This slightly changed lineup failed beat a well fashioned Chile side. Spain’s defeat to Chile, sees Spain out of the World Cup.
This officially ends an Era of Spanish glory.

Is this the end of Spanish Dominance?

The answer is no, as Spain has many young players that will, so far, develop into very talented players.

Players such as Thiago of Bayern Munich, Koke of Atletico Madrid, Rodrigo of Benfica, Deulofeu of Barcelona, Morata and Jesse Rodriguez of Real Madrid, De Gea of Manchester United, Isco of Real Madrid, Iker Munian of Athletic Bilbao, and many other talented players.

With these young players coming through, Spain will also need to develop new tactics, as the Tiki-Taka system is longer effective.

Will Del Bosque stay as Coach?
This answer to this question is unknown, with Spain failing to achieve a good result in Brazil one may assume that this is the end of Del Bosque. If this is the case then Spain will need to hire a younger coach that will bring in younger players, and also allow Spain to play with a new set of tactics.