2008 Spain Euro Soccer Preview
by Doc's Sports - 05/29/2008
In 1964 the Spanish captured Euro glory, but 44 years later it still stands as the only major football trophy in the country's history. And that's the knock on Spain, as they are the classic underachievers who have always managed to flop out when the world has its eyes locked on them.
But that mental wall and constant criticism seems to be their only weakness. Talent sure is not the problem. Loaded with arguably the strongest squad in Euro 2008, no longer are excuses acceptable. This is the year Spain must live up to their billing and the hype must become reality.
La Furia Roja are guided by manager Luis Aragonés. Often given a majority of the team's criticism, he will step down after this summer's tournament after having predetermined a date during the qualifying process. But if he can help guide his nation to the European Championship, one of football's best nations will reach a pinnacle that supporters feel is long overdue.
Golden Player Watch - Fernando Torres, F
Dubbed El Nino, the wonderful Liverpool striker has seen his game soar to heights uncommon to most in the game. At just 24 years of age, he will lead the Spanish attack up front, but as a whole this squad is spoiled with riches all over the pitch.
Fellow striker David Villa has been one of the most lethal weapons in Spain's top-flight league, La Liga, having established his scoring prowess for Valencia.
Cesc Fàbregas, Sergio Ramos, Xavi and Xabi Alonso are another quartet who are crucial to Spain's prolific offensive. The Starting XI is awfully enjoyable to watch as a collective group a you can get a preview of this year's team in a Euro 2008 warm-up vs. the United States in a friendly on June 4.
Reason Why They Will Advance to Elimination Round
Winning the group stage is the first goal for Spain, but make no mistake about it, bigger goals are set for June. There should be no doubts about them taking Group D. The talent level is just not comparable with either the other three teams, and considering the unparalleled desire of this squad to finally make good on one of football's largest stage, I can see no wrong for Spain in this tournament.
Group Play Schedule
Spain vs. Russia - June 10
Spain vs. Sweden - June 14
Spain vs. Greece - June 18