Originally Posted by gipetto
Spain are just a class above in every age group aren't they?
How've they managed to do it? It didn't seem so long ago that they were pushovers.
Funny you say that: I watched highlights of an old Barca game lately (from 2004/05ish) and Xavi looked distinctly average! Probably just an off-game, but a reminder of how beatable both Spain and Barca were not so long ago.
I guess focusing on youth development has really paid off - must be much easier to integrate into a senior side when you've been playing the same style of football since your early teens.
EDIT: 4-0 now, hat-trick for Vasquez in the first 17 minutes!
EDIT 2: 5-1 now. Over an hour left! This has been a low-scoring tournament up to now.