BBC Home

Explore the BBC

38 comments

user rating: 3 star

Spanish brillance

World Cup Spain
by culchie (U14546228) 07 July 2010
comment on the article

Even though the score line tonight doesn't confirm a massacre, make no mistake about it Germany were played of the park tonight and made to look very, very ordinary. Given that Germany destroyed England, what does this tell you about the level England are currently at?

Latest 10 comments

Read members' comments or add your own

posted Jul 8, 2010

Perhaps football needs to look at how to keep matches exciting to watch as a spectacle. Perhaps limited the number of consecutive passes a team can make, or once the ball goes into the other half they cannot pass it back into their half again, or prohibit a player passing straight back to the player the ball has come from.

---------------------

I really hope that's a joke. Being able to keep the ball is a fantastic skill which is a spectacle in itself. If England could keep it for more than 4 or 5 passes maybe we could beat a team like Algeria!

add comment | complain about this comment

posted Jul 8, 2010

"Perhaps limited the number of consecutive passes a team can make"

so you want every team to play like England did this tournament?

add comment | complain about this comment

posted Jul 8, 2010

The difference was between a good team and a great team. Spain are the best European team since the French of 1998-2000 and the Germans did them the favour of not attacking. They ran after them for nearly half an hour before committing the first foul of the game and were overawed by their opponents and perhaps by the prospect of actually winning the tournament

add comment | complain about this comment

posted Jul 8, 2010

the current spanish team would not be bettered by any team i have witnessed since i started watching international football - the first WC i watched was 1982

here is my top 6
1. spain 08 to 10
2. germany 86 to 90
3. argentina 86 to 90
4. France 98 to 00
5. Brazil 98 to 02
6. Holland 88 to 92

England 86 to 90, italy 82, holland 98 would be close

add comment | complain about this comment

comment by markOB (U14418972)

posted Jul 8, 2010

MikeF, that was my assessment exactly. For a game as important as yesterday's to be played in such a sportsmanlike, almost gentlemanly fashion was unbelievable. Two teams with total respect for eachother. No diving. No bad fouls (Holland is a very different case), and well refereed. It was as fitting a final as you could wish for.
While Spain are the best in the world, Germany did themselves proud.

add comment | complain about this comment

comment by markOB (U14418972)

posted Jul 8, 2010

To usetherevolver, excellent commentary sir. Fortunately there are people who understand football on these commentary boards. The only thing I would add to your comprehensive assessment of Spain's performance is the brilliance of del Bosque. Perfect execution.

add comment | complain about this comment

posted Jul 9, 2010

Would like to add that i am proud of the fairplay of the match.

Germany did, thx for them. They KNOW how to loose (at least in the field), and not everybody know.
I expect the same against holland.

I am sick of south american style when they loose. They will spit on you.
/point Argentina
/point Brazil

No offence for the ppl but thats the truth.
Learn to behaviour.

add comment | complain about this comment

posted Jul 9, 2010

comment by markOB (U14418972)
posted 15 Hours Ago

The only thing I would add to your comprehensive assessment of Spain's performance is the brilliance of del Bosque. Perfect execution.

-------------------

Completely correct, should certainly have mentioned the brilliant puppeteer behind the sublime Spanish performance! Tactics spot-on, and it looks likes he's established some real team spirit, despite all the players playing for the biggest domestic rivals! Fantastic to see Spain playing like they can after decades of under-achievement!

add comment | complain about this comment

Comment on this article

Sorry, you can only contribute to 606 during opening hours. These are 0900-2300 UK time, seven days a week, but may vary to accommodate sporting events and UK public holidays.

RATE THIS ARTICLE

Rate Breakdown

  • 5 50.00%
    5 votes
  • 4 10.00%
    1 votes
  • 3
    0 votes
  • 2
    0 votes
  • 1 40.00%
    4 votes

average rating:
3.30 from 10 votes