Tag Archives: Spain

¿Por qué tanta polémica con la final de la Copa del Rey?

Como hace tres años, el FC Barcelona enfrentará al Athletic Club de Bilbao en la final de la Copa del Rey este sábado 30 de mayo. Ambos equipos son los que más finales de esta competición han jugado (ambos con 36) y los que tienen la mayor cantidad de títulos (26 para el Barça; 23… Read More »

From Underacheivers to Overwhelming Favorites: What Could a World Cup Win Do for Spain?

As Spain prepares to take on Switzerland on Wednesday, the world is abuzz with anticipation. Not only are Spain joint favorites with Brazil, but the tournament needs the Spanish team like a fish needs water. After one of the drabbest opening rounds in memory, fans everywhere are looking for reasons as to why things are… Read More »

A Gypsy on the selección; Cruyff for Cataluña; Ronaldo and the Cost of Losing

This article from goal.com tells the news of a sensational Spanish player, Jesús Navas, who has been lighting up the Primera División for a few years now with Sevilla. Before this call-up, Navas had been unable to play for the national team largely due to an anxiety problem in which severe homesickness and fear of… Read More »

Johan Cruyff, tiki-taka, & total football

When Spain won Euro 2008, “tiki’taka” became a popular buzz word in the Spanish sports press. They were referring to the selección‘s style of quick, short, incisive passes–a possession game based on high-pressure in the midfield and near the opposing area, a defense playing far forward, a style based on control and calculated effort. In… Read More »