There was a time when the Spanish National Soccer Team ruled the international scene with an iron fist. Spain won the European titles in 2008 and 2012 and won the World Cup in 2010. In addition, there was a time when Spain went on an unbeaten streak that lasted 35 games. From 2008 to 2013, La Furia Roja was on top of the world.
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In 2014, Spain fell apart at the World Cup in Brazil. Two years later, the struggles continued at Euro 2016, and at the 2018 World Cup, Spain suffered a loss to Russia in the round of 16. In 2018, former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique was appointed as manager. Last year, Enrique led Spain to the final four of Euro 2020 and a second-place finish in the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League.
Can Spain Make a Deep Run in Qatar?
La Furia Roja is drawn into Group E alongside Germany, Costa Rica, and Japan. Spain has the potential of being one of the tournament’s dark horses. The first step is to make it through the group stage. Spain’s first game is against Costa Rica, which the Spaniards should win, although Costa Rica will challenge them. If Spain can avoid a loss against Germany, then they may have a shot of topping the group. And if the club manages to beat Costa Rica and Germany, then the group is theirs. In that case, they won’t need to put their starters in for the final group game against Japan.
Topping the group would increase the team’s motivation. It would inspire them to improve their winning mentality as mistakes are unacceptable in the knockout stage. Being in a “go big or go home” situation, La Furia Roja will need to take their team chemistry and teamwork to a higher level. In the past, Spain always won their titles as a team, so they know that the only way they can challenge for the title now or in the future is as a team. Therefore, teamwork is the quality they need more than anything in order to make an impact in Qatar.
Several Exciting Players to Watch
A new Spanish golden generation is under development. The likes of Ferrán Torres, Ansu Fati, Gavi, Rodri, Pau Torres, and Pedri are the future of La Furia Roja. They’re being led by brilliant veterans such as Koke, Álvaro Morata, Sergio Busquets, César Azpilicueta, and Thiago Alcántara. The team has been thriving under the management of Enrique. In four years, Spain can very well once again be in its strongest form.
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