Main menu


Spain national team between Euro frustration and optimism about the future

Since the generation that won the European Nations Championship (Euro) in 2008 under the leadership of the late coach Luis Aragones, the Spanish national team has not appeared during that period with this strong tint of a coach, as happens with the current generation led by Luis Enrique Martinez from outside the lines, with his project that has become Stronger after the continental championship, despite the frustration of the semi-final exit on penalties at the hands of Italy.

The semi-final of the Euro marked the end of the “Matador” career in the Euro, but not the end of the ambition of this team, whose next goal will be the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Despite the criticism faced by the former Barcelona coach from the Spanish newspapers after announcing the list of the tournament, which was devoid of any Real Madrid players, in addition to the shock absence of captain Sergio Busquets from the first two matches in the tournament due to his infection with the new Corona virus, Enrique stuck to his ideas, and was able to To find solutions and ideas that led the team as far as possible in the tournament.

The current group is more youthful than experienced, and the reason is that there are only seven players who have been with the national team in recent years in major tournaments (David de Gea, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Koke Resurrection, Albaro Morata, and Thiago Alcantara), while there were 17 The player is preparing for the first appearance. But it wasn't this factor that preoccupied Enrique when choosing the list. Pedri, for example, became Spain's youngest footballer to make his European Championship debut.

With the great attention that Enrique paid to how to get the ball out correctly from the back, he had complete confidence in Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon, to protect the "La Roja" den in all the Euro matches, to come the response in the Switzerland match, which was its first hero when he saved two penalty kicks. Spain led them to the golden square.

Another point that counts for Enrique as a coach, which is patience and waiting for captain Busquets, aware of the importance of a person like him, who won everything, for Spain's march in the tournament, as well as his confidence more than anyone in Morata, despite keeping him for a tactical reason on the bench against Italy, with Danny's intervention Olmo precise between the lines to press the back line of the "Azzurri", and the same for each of Pablo Sarabia, Koki and Azpilicueta, in addition to the young quartet Ferran Torres, Eric Garcia, Marcos Llorente, and Olmo.

Not to mention the phenomenon Pedri, who Enrique talked about during the press conference after facing the Italians, praising his great role on the field despite his young age (18 years).

From Wembley to Wembley, since the first list announced in 2018 to face England, until the Euro semi-final against Italy, was the journey of the Spaniards with Enrique, during which 59 players participated, including 5 goalkeepers, 10 defenders, 11 full-backs, 11 midfielders, and 15 players in the wings and the middle offensive, and 6 outright attackers.

Despite the frustration of exiting the euro, Enrique's project remains strong and full of vitality, so that optimism is the prevailing tone towards the road to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.