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Well first off massive compliments to Luis, he took a lot of shit especially from the Madrid press and Madridistas for not playing Raul or choosing him. But what he did with that one move was change the face of the NT from team of yesteryear, the likes of Salgado, Raul, Canizares and co were all thankfully phased out and he gave trust in his youth, but also keeping the main thing identity.

For so long the problem the NT has had is in trying to play or be something they weren't, trusting 2 DM system with no playmakers, using direct wingers who don't participate in the build up, lack variety in there play and nor help the midfield. Instead he found that the key is the Spanish style, keeping the ball and using it as the tool to win. I have to commend him for using Iniesta and Silva in the wings, so many times the temptation can be there to play with the "direct" wingers but I think Luis learnt this doesn't suit the team or the strengths of the team.

The biggest compliment for him has to be his integration, when you think of this Spanish team you don't see one superstar try to be the main player. Even in the celebrations or the press, all the players are united. Talk of how the collective comes first and foremost, how it is fundamental. There was no factions relating to team or nationality, everyone got on with each other. This Luis did a lot of work in because he left problem players away IMO, obviously he had fortune in certain occassions (Albelda not playing in the season, meaning Senna played)

But overall massive thanks to Luis for what he has done and the wya he did it. I don't like to go overboard but I've said it in the past and I'll say it again, Spain is one of the last few nations who still play football the old traditional way of appreciating the ball. People may hate or criticise tika-taka all the way but tika-taka delivered big time this time and it was done because Luis and the players used were best equipped ot facilitate this football. I honestly believe taking Joaquin over Cazorla or Sergio Garcia would have been of little benefit to this team. The football is brilliant and finally proved that talent and pure football with a bit of tactics and control can be victorious and successful, hopefully this helps more international tournaments and teams play more openly and pleasingly because frankly NT football is stale and too tactical.

Now to the next part, what of the future. I honestly believe this team has talent and potential to be a future world champion but there needs to be a continuation of this project. No more going back to old players or past players, this team is young, mature and has developed a championship mentality. I hope if Del Bosque does come in that he appreciates this football, keeps trust in this group and develops this side.

Finally Los Reyes de Europa :D
 

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Welcome to fener Luis!


Spain thoroughly deserved to win and now they have a reputation to upkeep. Hopefully they keep it up.
 

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Massive, massive thank you for Luis. I always knew he was a smart guy (hence his nickname) but i admire how he just has the balls to do whatever he wants. Not picking Raul, substiuting Torres off every game, playing with no wings but you know what, its works and he will always be remembered as a Spanish legend :star:

Just look at his impeccable record with us: 38GP 22W 12D 4L

Thank you Luis!
 

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Luis? cheers old fella. i thought hed have a heartattack the poor guy had germany come back.

we'll come back to this thread after all the alcohol has been consumed and we cant utter any more words.

Gracias Aragones.
 

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Usually all teams who win these tournaments learn to play as a team and be united. However, Spain took it to a new level. Plus your team needs very few changes because of the youth. I really see no roof for your teams potential for the next 6 years or so. You just need to keep this united atmosphere together.

Thats really where I think Portugal has failed. They had so much talent but they seem to want to rely on only a few individuals continually. Plus their players are so damn cocky (Ronaldo, Quaresma, Nani, Ricardo, Carvalho, etc...). Spain relied on just about EVERY player at there disposal during the tournament. When their defence failed, their attack stepped up and vice a versa. When the strikers failed, the Midfield stepped up and vice a versa. Every player who put the medal around their neck tonight deserved. Not many times you can say that.:thmbup:
 

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he should of stayed after da wc of 2010 now the team will be ****ed w/ new tactics and whatnot
 

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spain has a young team to build on for the future:

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plus talented young players like palop, juanito, cuellar, angel, arteta, serrano, raul garcia, zapater, cazorla, cani, riera, navas, capel, granero, bojan, sergio garcia, guiza. future looks bright!
 

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Luis Aragonès is a good coach with a lot of temper.
He is also a racist prick....
 

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I didnt think he could do it but he proved me wrong and I couldnt be happier. His decision to stick to the same team where possible and excluding the Greece match for obvious reasons paid off. What I especially liked about him was that he substituted the players he thought needed replacing irrespective of reputations... having quality reinforcements helped tremendously though.

He is also responsible for the belief he instilled in the team had and that is the difference between winning and losing. You could see that last night and in other games.

Gracias Luis!! :star: :thumbsup:
 

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I must admit that I was wrong about Luis. I don't like the man but he did unite this team in an us versus them mentality.

Leaving the old guard at home, taking kids and making them believe. Betting for Xavi, Cesc, Torres, Iniesta, Senna, etc and no Barajas, Raul, Guti, etc proved to be the key.

Kudos to Villar and to Hierro for sticking with him and lets hope Del Bosque continues in the same style.
 

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People who judge someone for just one f*cking sentence are also pretty lame. :lazy:
If you don't want to be judged on your acts, think twice before acting
 

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:finger: :finger: to all of you who were talking shit all the time about aragones, i told you this will happens!!
 

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I must admit that I was wrong about Luis. I don't like the man but he did unite this team in an us versus them mentality.

Leaving the old guard at home, taking kids and making them believe. Betting for Xavi, Cesc, Torres, Iniesta, Senna, etc and no Barajas, Raul, Guti, etc proved to be the key.

Kudos to Villar and to Hierro for sticking with him and lets hope Del Bosque continues in the same style.
Agree... I still didn't like some of his decisions but he did the most important thing: he made a TEAM out of the talented collection of players he could choose from. The team spirit was lacking in many other talented versions of La Furia. I don't love the guy as a person, but he gets my respect for doing this and achieving the championship.

GRACIAS LUIS!

I am looking forward to Vicente Del Bosque, an excellent coach who is practical, no nonsense, and a fantastic tactician.
 
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