KULCAT wrote:I dont know where you get this Cornbread. I live in Spain and this is simply not true. Although you are correct that Spain is severely fragmented when it comes to the national team the people unite wich is why is very sad for me to see them become the perenial tournament underachievers. But when La Furia Roja(nickname of the the team The Red Fury) is playing the whole country stops, the streets are empty and everybody is at the bar or at home watching the game.
As for the players not caring you probably didnt see the last day of training prior to the tournament beggining. They cut about 5 players for the team to get to the final rosters. Ive never seen so many grown man crying
I appreciate what you are saying about the current and recent state of Spain's football, but what I wrote is pretty accurate, at least according to The History of Soccer - The Beautiful Game
. In it, an in-depth look at Spain's football history does actually indicate that in the early years of soccer Spain did have a pretty hard time on an International level - not because of a lack of skill or players, but rather fielding the best Spanish players on a national team.
Their first international competition, was in the 1920 Olympics I believe. During that event, they did finally get together many of their best players, and they finished with a strong silver medal in the games. Unfortunately, as illustrious as Spanish club football has been - arguably the best teams ever have come from Spain - their international record has been pretty suspect. They have won one major international event in their history - during the late 60's if I recall correctly.
For any student of the game, the box set of The History of Soccer
is a must see. Im pretty sure it was a BBC program created within the last 5 yrs and my copy was Americanized to call it soccer when the original was of coarse called H.O. Football. Its simply full of extremely rare footage of the earliest recorded football matches, some of the greatest, most important goals in history, and interviews with the greatest players ever to walk the pitch - and thats just the bonus material.
I want to ask those guys who think the MLS should import more foreign talent to improve the marketing and ticket sales of the MLS - do you really think the MLS is better off with washed up has-beens like Valderamma and Ethceverry? From what I've seen, these players actually bring down the level of intensity and are more of a hindurance to the development of US players. IMO the MLS has to be very careful about bringing in foreign players looking for a final payday.
Also - some mentioned the theory that we need to send our best players overseas in order for them to get better. Again - I argue that it was already tried, and those players didnt play nearly as well as our recent national team comprised mostly of MLS trained players. Just something to think about.