The Spanish national football team is preparing to win the major title at the upcoming European Football Championship for the third time in a row. With the triumph at the Euro 2008, a decade-long dry spell for the ” Furia Roja” came to an end, and the first European Championship marked the birth of a “golden generation” for the Spanish football.
The national team is a collection of top stars who mostly earn their living at Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Under the coach Vicente del Bosque, they play a very effective attacking football, without neglecting the defensive. The team has perfected the quick passing game, and their opponents can hardly get much of a chance to reach the ball.
Very few weaknesses can ever be identified in these eleven – at best, the defense has some room for improvement. With the forthcoming EM, it is likely for this to be the Achilles heel of the top favorites, and namely – del Bosque will be playing without his defensive leader Carles Puyol.
Germany, Holland and the other toughest competitors for the title, are likely to have followed closely the failure of the FC Barcelona. Barca plays with the same style as the Furia Roja, and is regarded as a kind of a small version of the Spanish national team. But against the FC Chelsea, the very strong team drew the short straw.
The Blues did not make the mistake to fizzle out in midfield, leaving Barca in control of the ball, and to lay in ambush, waiting for the counterattack. With this tactic, you could very likely crack the national team.
In any case, Spain is once again as a top favorite at the European Championship Betting at the very start, with high rates almost leading it consistently well ahead of Germany and Holland. The C Group, with Italy, Croatia and Ireland, will present the team with no major problems, and thus the finals seem virtually certain.