Thursday, November 10, 2011

Can Spain win Euro 2012?

Spain are the bookies' favourite to claim the Euro 2012 title held in Poland and Ukraine but do they deserve to be in this position?

They are undoubtedly the best team in the world and have a respectable history in terms of awards. The Spanish last claimed the European title back in the Euro 2008 where they beat the German powerhouses 1-0 after a goal from the unstoppable Fernando Torres in the 33rd minute. The latest Euro 2012 odds show they are set to do it again.

During the 2008 tournament, held in Switzerland, David Villa – one of Spain's star players – won the Golden Boot award by claiming a total of 4 goals throughout the tournament. The UEFA player of the tournament was given to no other than the awe-inspiring Xavi.

In Spain's last international match versus Scotland, current manager – Vincente del Bosque – fielded a 4-3-3 formation. The man between the sticks was Barcelona's goalkeeper Victor Valdes. Valdes put on a good performance, but I still feel Real Madrid's stopper Iker Casillas as Spain's number one. In right back was Madrid full back Sergio Ramos.

In my eyes, not many players in the Spanish side would be able to match the talents of Ramos in the right back position. Valencia's Jordi Alba adopted the role of left back.

Normally I would prefer Madrid's Alvaro Arbeloa, but as Spain were dominant favourites, del Bosque opted to go for Valencia's youngster. In the centre back roles, Barcelona's Gerard Pique, and Carlos Puyol controlled the first third of the pitch.

Directing the midfield in the centre of the pitch was Xavi, veering towards the right side was Barcelona's Sergio Busquets, and to the left was Malaga's Santi Cazorla. Manchester City's David Silva, Barcelona's Pedro, and David Villa led the Spanish attack.

The result against Scotland ended in a 3-1 victory to the Spanish side with David Silva scoring 2, David Villa scoring 1, and Scotland's David Goodwillie scoring the consolation. With such a strong team, Spain are highly likely to succeed in Euro 2012.

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