The Spanish national team has been one of the most dominant footballing nations in the world for more than a decade, influenced heavily by the dominance of Barcelona and Real Madrid in European football. A little over the last decade, Spain has won the Euros in 2008, the World Cup in 2010 and the Euros in 2012 back to back. They’ve had some world football’s legendary players in that time like Iker Casillas, Xavi, Iniesta, Carles Puyol, Pique and many more. These players and others have dominated world football for their national team and their clubs which were more often than not either Barcelona or Real Madrid. The key factor that led to this dominance can be largely attributed to Barcelona’s La Masia Golden Era when Pep Guardiola led Barcelona to club dominance in the 2010s era.
Spain National Team: Tactics & Principles
Enrique’s Spain continue to stay true to the style of play that was so revered in the mid-2010s when Spain exhibited a lot of Barcelona’s tiki taka style of football. Spain try to play from the back as has been the case for many years now. Spanish goalkeepers are required to have good distribution, be it with their feet or hands, who try and break the opposition lines and high press. The defenders are more often than not good ball progressors. Once the ball bypasses the first line of opposition midfielders, Spanish full backs hug the width of the pitch to open up space for the world class and technical midfielders who then keep possession patiently until an opening is seen to create chances for the forwards.
World Cup: Predictions & What to Expect
Spain managed to produce a solid qualifying campaign winning 6 games, drawing 1 and losing only 1. With the form they had during the Euro 2020, reaching a semi-final, it’s no surprise that they are now one of the top 4 favourites to win the World Cup under a well-performing manager in Luis Enrique. Currently, Bet365 has placed their odds at 9/1 to win the World Cup, behind only France and the number one favourites Brazil. (Click to read our latest World Cup Qualifying betting tips and predictions).
Spain National Team’s Players: Top 5
Spain’s rise from their recent decline is not just based on their manager’s principles of course. Luis Enrique has done a brilliant job assembling this squad and his current crop of players are not only some of the most talented players in the world, they’re also relatively young. Here are our top 5 Spanish National Team players.
A product of the La Masia academy since the age of 14, Thiago Al Cantara is now a household name for football fans. He’s one of the more senior members of the squad at the age of 30, but that works in his favor with his player profile being that of a composed and intelligent playmaking midfielder. Having already won countless honours with club and country, he’s won several of the biggest trophies in the world such as the Champions League, La Liga and the Bundesliga with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. (Read our Liverpool betting predictions for Thiago’s current team.)
Pedri is known to be the savior of the Spanish football team and the current bright light in the Barcelona squad. He’s only 19 but has already shown maturity beyond his years. He’s 2021’s Golden Boy and was the young player of the tournament in the Euro 2020. In one of the knockouts, he set a new record for a 100% passing accuracy in a game. A feat never done before, and he continues to impress for club and country with a shining future ahead of him.
Olmo has spent most of his youth career in Spain but where his stock rose was away from home. Aged 23, he has played at the top level in the Croatian League for Dinamo Zagreb and then in the Bundesliga for RB Leipzig. He’s a highly-rated attacking midfielder who has impressed consistently in Croatia and Germany and currently has 18 caps to his name for his country. (Read our RB Leipzig betting predictions for Neymar Jr’s current team.)
He’s a young keeper though, aged only 24, playing for Athletico Bilbao in the Spanish top-flight, coming runners up twice for the Copa Del Rey and winning the Super Copa De Espana in 2020-2021. He has been impressive for his national team as well, slotting in well with his back four and putting in consistent performances to help them reach the Euro 2020 semi-final as well.
Because of his Spanish great-grandparents, who were from the Basque region, the centre-back is eligible for Luis Enrique’s team, allowing him to enter through the Bilbao youth system in the first place. In 2016, former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui attempted to integrate Laporte into his squad. Laporte performed well for Athletico Bilbao before sealing a mega money move to the blue side of Manchester City where he has been a regular in the 1st XI and will now look to cement his sport in the national side as well. (Read our Man. City betting predictions for Neymar Jr’s current team.)
Who is Spain’s National Team Manager?
Luis Enrique is on his second stint as Spain manager, having taken over when Julen Lopetegui was ousted on the eve of the 2018 World Cup after a disastrous campaign. During his first stint, they played six games, four of which they won. He stepped down at the start of 2019 to attend to a family situation, with the inference that he will return to the post later. Now that he has returned, Spain look closer & closer to the heights they reached with their Golden Era. As a former player, he’s won everything domestically at both Barcelona and Real Madrid. As a manager, he impressed with Barcelona, with Neymar, Messi and Suarez at his disposal, possibly the greatest front 3 in football history, winning the Champions League, La Liga and the Copa del Rey, along with the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
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