Spain's dominance becoming worrisome

JOHANNESBURG - Spain are the current world champions, they are also European champions, a title they successfully defended and are course to be the only team to hold all three powerful titles at the same time in the history of the game.

You see, there is nothing wrong in one country dominating the number one global sport. The worrying aspect in this particular issue is the rate Spain is going about this. There is a great possibility of this country sweeping all before them and dominating soccer for years, if not centuries to come. They are looking ominous and if they are not checked, might take over control of all soccer activities in the world for years and years to come. And to imagine, only a few years ago, everyone was on Spain’s case as the biggest soccer chokers who never really realised their potential.

Some might be quick to say they were lucky to win on penalties against the daring Italians. But that is the type of luck that normally accompanies champions. Champions chalk wins against all odds and fortune seems to always favour them. But with Spain it’s not all about luck.

This is the country which has recently won the European Under-21 tournament in Israel, is in the running in the Under-20 tournament and two of the country’s clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid, are undoubtedly the most dominant forces in the world. Forget about the Bayern Munich achievements this year. Until they repeat the same feat, it might just be another one year wonder which will be difficult to repeat.

One thing which is in no doubt is that the Spaniards have arrived and at the tempo they are collecting titles, other countries might have to wait for long for their opportunity.

I must repeat this is not good for the sport. On Sunday, they meet hosts Brazil in a Confederations Cup final in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium and without trying to jump the gun, Spain start the match as favourites to win yet another title despite likely to suffer from the effects of going to extra time and penalties.

Yes, that might have taken its toll and I am praying for the hosts to take advantage and stop these rampant Spaniards in their tracks and end what has become a monotonous rendition.

While Brazil have a great opportunity to end this tedious supremacy, I am afraid, very afraid, that the Latin Americans, despite having multitude of supporters behind them, might not have enough arsenal to stop the swaggering Europeans.

Need I repeat that what gets to my nerves is a team that sits at the top as if it that is how the world was designed? Competition is all about one winning today and the other tomorrow.

The Spanish soccer is so fiercely and finely moulded it seems it will take some sort of a revolution by one daring country to dislodge them from the summit, though the Italians seem not far off.

They don’t have very outstanding individuals but are solid as a team from the back to the striking force. Spain is not a team that is built around an individual like the Brazil of the past. They are what modern critics call a complete team that attack and defend as a collective.

Their demeanour is typical hallmark of a team that intends to rule ‘forever.’

Will the Samba Boys put some smile on some of us who hate one team doing as it pleases?

I watched Brazil narrowly defeat Uruguay on Wednesday. And boy, while a cup final is a different ball game altogether, they were far from convincing. It will depend on which Brazil team pitches up for the final.

If it’s the one that struggled to beat Uruguay in the South American derby, Spain might have the last laugh.

However, in Filipe Scolari the hosts have one of the shrewdest campaigners who has been through several battlefields. This guy is a World Cup winner and appearing on big stages is something he relishes.

Brazil should do it for the world of soccer that has been hushed into silence by the well-oiled European machine.


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