Why Spain will dominate for years to come

by Charlie Coffey

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
 

Forget the Spanish dynasty just ruling international football for years to come, they will rule club football for the foreseeable future too.

Despite winning all of their knock-out games by just one goal and losing to Switzerland in their opening fixture, General Casillas and his armada of technical cohorts were comfortably the best team at the World Cup, even taking the wind from the sails of Germany’s free-scoring young side before putting them to the sword.

As much as the World Cup win will bolster the confidence already running through the veins of Spanish football, so it will wither the sagging muscles of its English counterpart, puffing and panting some way behind. Technique has now done for physical strength for the foreseeable future; this is the tactical evolution worldwide of a game that can no longer be won by ‘bigger boys’, as the dated English mentality still dictates.

So too will La Liga leave the Premier League behind. After a domination of the final stages of the Champions League by English clubs just a few years back a sea-change has begun that isn’t likely to reverse for some time. The premier league is in effect the house built on the sand of cash; in the hands of the fat cats, the big wigs and the TV men. Their cash is running low in most cases with the exception of a few latecomers whose stockpiles damage the balance of the already soggy foundations. The cracks are beginning to show.

An increase in tax and the prevalence of teams clogging their ranks with huge muscle-bound oiks designed to grind out draws on dark, wet winter nights means the Premier League is no longer the attractive promised land it once was to natives or visitors from overseas. The gold will seep away to El Dorado of La Liga, with its culture of sunshine, siestas and tici-taca.

The one problem La Liga does have of late is the overwhelming dominance of Barcelona and Real Madrid that started to become more accentuated last season (with second placed Real 25 points ahead of Valencia in third) and could last for some time. However this is not a problem if you play for either of these two teams and makes them almost irresistible.

It is likely that they will continue to grow in power and influence, and will start to prise the best English players away (if they are good enough that is), players who until now would be destined to spend their careers in England. Ashley Cole and Steve Gerrard could make the move this summer, and in the future even Wayne Rooney could be tempted should the cancer of the Glazers affect United’s status at the business end of the Premier League.

Barcelona have been the team to beat in the Champions League ever since Pep Guardiola took over as manager. The addition of the prolific David Villa, probably the best striker in the world, to an attack already bursting with talent is frightening for the rest of Europe. A midfield of Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas would be unplayable.

However with seemingly bottomless pockets and the best coach in the world, Real Madrid have a real chance. They will surely challenge for the Champions League this year despite having not made it past the second round since 2004.

Expect a two-horse to break even further from the pack for years to come, and for Spanish rule to dictate a national team which should in turn dominate the next European Championship and probably the next World Cup, while the English struggles to get its house in order and may even choose to build again from scratch.

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  • amadu

    the english league is the toughest league in the world. it also has at least 4 teams who compete in the champions league unlike spain who have two. my only fear is for arsenal and manu who seem to lack the financial muscle to compete with barco, real,inter and so on. if roman is willing chelsea could still be very strong.

    the spanish national team i predict will dominate the game for the next two world cups because spain has been producing world class talent consistently and there football is difficult to play against as they do not give the opposition a chance on the ball.

  • dexylongshot

    I’ve already put down a tenner on the Euros for spain at 9-2 and 20-1 for the Euros and World cup. I’m gonna ave a poke at Germany as well e/w for both. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Stevie and Ashley do the offs to warmer climbs.

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    lets not get to carried away here, there’s no doubt the Spanish are a class act but they don’t score enough goals for my liking.

    Switzerland proved they are beatable and do have off days.

    Brazil or Argentina will be favs for the next world cup and Germany will have something to say in the Euro’s.

    As for England, will we even qualify for either? That’s the question

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