Fractious Spain Face Final Curtain

Spain haven't got a great deal to gain out of their final fixture against Australia. As Tim Stannard says, the post-mortem is already firmly underway...

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frakessmee (Hibernian) says...

@ronmanger Just wanted to echo the sentiments you have expressed there, those spanish players owe nobody anything and the reaction to their elimination has been disgusting, everything runs it's course and these players simply had nothing left to give, the vast majority have been competing virtually non stop at the the very highest levels for club and country for the guts of a decade (more in some cases). The people who have spent the last week basking in their downfall and passing snide comments may realise some day that they have belittlled arguably the greatest international team of all time and everybody else loses now and then as well, alas I fear not, they will be too busy throwing s*** at a wall or something equally productive cos that's what everybody else is doing so, you know, they have to as well. I digress, all that's left for me is to thank Xavi, Casillas and Co for the memories.....well played good sirs.

Posted 1:25pm 24th June 2014

ronmanager says...

Hindsight is 20/20. Spain had 2 options in approaching this World cup, stick with what dominated European and World football for the last 6 years but what has (clearly now in hindsight) been in decline for the last year with the aging of its heartbeat players and their having won everything under the sun multiple times dampening their appetite or give the next upcoming generation the reigns. Either way, loss would have been met with huge criticism. Can you imagine the deep voiced, potbellied, non-stop trail of pointless verbal diarrhea that would have emerged from the average arrogant hubristic loudmouth if Xabi, Xavi, Iniesta, Ramos, Casillas were all on the Bench and Spain had lost to Holland 1-0. What happened to Spain is perfectly understandable; the old guard had earned the right to one more crack at a World cup. Earned it by miles. There is precedence for this with France and Italy. Look at France in 2002. The real issue for me is the absolute staggering ungratefulness of the Spanish Fan. They do not deserve the success this team has brought them and I imagine Xavi is moving on in absolute disgust of the fan. The real Spanish failure at this world cup should be documented and long remembered as being that of the Fans and the empty suits (or should I say empty ripped jeans and too tight t-shirts) that constitute the sports press in Spain. I hope this did not come across too negative but it touched a nerve.

Posted 4:12pm 23rd June 2014

surprisedicare says...

I thought Llorente was the most incredible omission, particularly given Costa's fitness and late season form and Torres's late career form. However, to banish Costa from the set-up seems somewhat bizarre given his promise and being on the rise, and poor old Pepe Reina...never got a run and now at the grand old age of 32 is cast aside.

Posted 2:24pm 23rd June 2014

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