Germany U21 EURO Triumph Based Upon Imposing Pressing Game

Germany powered their way to the Under-21 European Championship, defeating a talent-laden Spain by a 1-0 scoreline in the final. There was a lot to like about the performance in a general sense, as they tried to impose themselves early before moving into an absorb-and-counter mode once Mitchell Weiser put them ahead, but it was […]

Spain’s U21 Team Show Exceptional Balance in 3-1 Win over Portugal

The UEFA Under-21 European Championship is always full of young talent, and at no time was this more apparent than when Spain and Portugal met in the group stage recently. On Spain’s side of the ball, there were the likes of Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio and Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez. Portugal, meanwhile, […]

Euro 2016: Graziano Pelle Stars in Italy’s 2-0 Win over Spain

Graziano Pelle had a fascinating game against Spain. He started the Euro 2016 Round of 16 encounter with a seventh-minute shot, and finished it off with another attempt on goal in the 91st minute. Both of those were pretty impressive, too. The first, a headed effort from a set-piece, drew a brilliant save from Spanish […]

EURO 2016: Croatia Highlight the Pros and the Cons of Pressing against Spain

When most national teams come up against Spain, the modern masters of a high-possession game, they drop off. They swiftly move into absorb-and-counter mode, largely as a means through which to avoid being sliced open through the central midfield zone. The hope is then that they can create something on the counter when Spain eventually […]

EURO 2016: Nolito Shows His Quality For La Furia Roja

Spain produced a truly remarkable performance in their second game at Euro 2016, a 3-0 win over Turkey, and it marked a return to something approaching their best. Led by the incredible Andrés Iniesta, they played an easy and attractive possession game, something highlighted by their third goal of the night, a 22-pass masterpiece punctuated […]

Sevilla Star Vitolo Primed for Spanish International Debut

What a month it’s been for Sevilla’s superlative attacker, Vitolo. He’s scored four goals in March, netted the fastest ever goal in the Europa League (after just 13.21 seconds vs Villarreal), and, to top it all off, he was named in Vicente del Bosque’s Spain squad to face Ukraine and Holland. After a sluggish start […]