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Poll: Are Spain the greatest team, like, ever?

by Rob Dore | July 1, 2012

What we witnessed in the final of Euro 2012 was something special. Whatever your allegiance, wherever your money lay there can be no other reasonable, sane, mature option but to applaud and appreciate the making of history.

That this Spain team is great there can be no question. Vicente Del Bosque may well have altered the way that football will be played in the future. At the very least he and the unbelievably talented players he has at his disposal have shown the world that you don’t need need to be six-foot plus and super-athletic to play football and win. Hell, you don’t even need to play with a striker.

Fernando Torres (28) may have nabbed a late goal and the Golden Boot but his efforts were largely superfluous as the passing brilliance of Xavi (32), Andres Iniesta (28) and Cesc Fabregas (25), to name a few, was what did for the Italians. The Azzuri were unlucky to lose Thiago Motta to injury minutes after bringing him on as their third substitute but their stars, Mario Balotelli (21) and Andrea Pirlo (33), had already been outshone by then. 4-0 was tough but there is no question the better team won.

Regardless of revolutionary implications where does this team stand amongst the great international teams of years gone by?

Are they better than the Brazil of Pelé at his peak, the team which won the 1970 World Cup playing football which still inspires to this day?

The recent French team, led by the mercurial Zinedine Zidane, winning the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000?

Or even, if you’re feeling particularly patriotic, England’s World Cup winning side of 1966?

If there’s a team we haven’t included then let us know about it in the comments section below, feel free to let explain exactly why in a hilarious rant. There may be some kind of reward. Pants-like perhaps.

Have we just witnessed the greatest international football team that’s has ever played the game of football? If not Spain, then who?

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  1. Sarah said on July 2, 2012 @ 12:49 am

    You state in your blog that fernando Torres wins the golden boot yet you don’t pay out on him?? Just another case of your self promotion with offers and promises you don’t see through I’m a very disgruntled customer of several years and will not use your services ever again. Sarah

  2. ronaldo scott-brive said on July 2, 2012 @ 1:54 am

    There is no question as to who are the greatest football team in the world today -SPAIN. –Their performance against Italy was text book football,and should be watched by all young up and coming youngsters plus the current English team,to see just how the game should be played.It was the finest example of classic football I have ever witnessed in over 60 years.I hope the BBC produce a DVD/CD/VIDEO for posterity.

  3. K0 said on July 2, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    Not sure, but I think I’d put Brazil (and maybe Netherlands and Argentina) ahead of this current Spanish side. The fact that a poor England side finished close to the runners-up doesn’t help to promote the quality of the current European crop as a whole.
    They aint bad, though, especially if their non-existent centre-forward wins the Golden Boot from the bench . . .

  4. K0 said on July 2, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    . . . one could also ask the question, how many of the people who vote for the Spanish side are under 40, so have probably never seen that Brazilian side ? Such polls are usually answered by a younger demographic, so tend to favour recent history. (e.g. what about Hungary/1953 – 6-3 and all that ?)

  5. Ian said on July 2, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    There is no doubt about it, Spain are the best team in the world, ever. When pundits, fans and experts alike start complaining of how boring Spain are, yet they are still winning, is testament to their sheer quality.

    They win games the way they see fit. It’s as simple as that. They have so many dimensions it’s scary. 4-6-0, 4-1-2-1-2, 4-3-3. You name it, they can do it. Opponents completely change their tactics to try and counteract Spain, yet the Spanish can change things about to their advantage within seconds.

    Spain are unpredictable, four dimensional, full of pace, have 100% understanding,… the list could go on and on all day. No team in the world can touch them. Yet.

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