By Angel L. Quiles Jr.
The World Cup can be as joyful as it can be painful, and this year for the Red Fury of Spain it has been excruciating. The 2010 World Cup champions have been eliminated from contention just two games into their 2014 World Cup campaign. This makes them the fastest defending champion to ever be eliminated from World Cup contention.
The 2014 version of this former behemoth has been lambasted with seven goals, to the point where their goalie should be suffering from whiplash. A far cry from their experience in 2010, when Spain surrendered only two goals the whole tournament.
In addition, to the inept defense they have played, their offense has been just as incompetent managing only one goal thus far. Yesterday against Chile they squandered countless opportunities inside their opponents box, to try and save their tournament. Sergio Busquets missed a “gimme” goal in front of the net early in the second half that could have given the Spaniards some life. Hopefully reincarnating the vigor, and motivation they played with as champions in 2010.
However, it was not to be and now head coach Vincente del Bosque will be left wondering many things. Amongst them, why did his team play with no fervor? Should he have sat his goalie and captain Iker Casillas for the game against Chile, since he surrendered five goals against the Netherlands? Moreover, should he have been more aggressive with his mid-field the strongest part of the team?
One thing is for certain the Spanish media, and fans will not be happy when this team comes home.