I’ve never been a massive fan of international football but I couldn’t help but be delighted by Spain’s superb victory in Euro 2012. I should say first that I’m not an out-and-out supporter of any national side undoubtedly due to my complete lack of any form of patriotism either for my place of birth or my place of residence, and my allegiances remain strictly based on which players I like (i.e. those from Barça) and which I don’t (those from
Portugal sorry, I mean Madrid). During these tournaments if there are no cules or merengues playing and I find myself shouting for one side or another it is more than likely because I have placed a small bet on them than for any other reason.
Of course there were important roles played for Spain by Casillas, Xavi Alonso and the horrible Sergio Ramos but I think it is fair to say that the success of Spain over the last four years has a firm blaugrana base to it, not just in the number of Barça players involved but also in the philosophy of playing possession football, or tiki-taka if you prefer. There are differences with Barça of course, but the style, exemplified by the magnificent pair Xavi and player-of-the-tournament Iniesta, is very simlar. Perhaps Spain, with the double pivot of Alonso and Busquets, play a more conservative game, but it was quite laughable how some in England jumped on the “boring Spain” bandwagon after the goalless semi-final with Portugal. I suppose some of them just cannot live with Spain’s superiority, but no doubt after the exhibition against Italy some of them will be eating their words.