Well, the dust has settled. What can be said of the European kings of 2012? Let's see what major victories they have achieved so far...
Euro 2008? Spain...Champion!
World Cup 2010? Spain ... Champion!
And now, Euro 2012? Spain... CHAMPION!
Who can boast of having a better record than that? Italy? Germany? (*gasp*) Brazil?
Nope, after the dust had settled in Ukraine and Poland, it sure looks like Spain are very much conquistadors of the whole wide world!
Some critics scoff. They say "So what's the big deal? They haven't gone up against the top South American teams in the major finals..."
Hmm... Maybe true. Could the likes of Messi's Argentina or the ever popular "best team in the world" Brazil put the breaks on Spain's bullet train in the 2014 World Cup?
I really don't know. So let's see Spain's most recent results against the world's top teams:
Spain vs Europe
Against the European giants, Spain has performed remarkably well:
vs Italy 4-0 (Euro 2012 final)
vs France 2-0 (Euro 2012)
vs Portugal (won by penalties after 0-0 draw)
vs Netherlands 1-0 (World Cup 2010 final)
vs Germany 1-0 (World Cup 2010)
vs England 0-1 (Spain lost! But it was only a friendly game)
Spain vs South America
vs Argentina (lost 1-4, friendly game in 2011)
vs Brazil 0-1 (Would you believe this was in 1986? I don't think they have clashed recently)
vs Uruguay 0-0 (World Cup 1990)
vs Chile 2-1 (World Cup 2010) and 3-2 (2012 friendly game)
vs Paraguay 1-0 (World Cup 2010)
vs Venezuela 5-1 (2012 friendly game)
Verdict? I feel that the critics may be on to something. Maybe some of the top South American teams could trouble the Euro and World champions. It will be hard though. Spain La Roja will still be powered by their superstars, Iniesta, Fabregas, Torres (surprising golden boot winner at the Euro 2012), and Xavi. Goal machine David Villa should also be at the 2014 worlds. So onward to the World Cup!
"I'm not strong, nor fast, nor skilful. I'm a player from the street. Without my team mates, without space, I am nothing." Xavi