Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has revealed the reasons behind Spain’s dominance of international football over the past four years.
The former Real Madrid boss was speaking ahead of the Euro 2012 final tomorrow, where La Roja will take on Italy.
Del Bosque thinks the brilliance of Spain is down to the attitude and skill of the coaches at youth level in the country.
According to Del Bosque, devotion to training children well is crucial to everything they have achieved recently and he is proud that Spanish academies are now held up as great examples for laying strong footballing foundations in their pupils.
“Our success is not a coincidence and has its foundations in many things,” he said.
“In the structure of our football, in the academies, and in better coaches. The Spanish clubs are devoting themselves to training youngsters.
“Before we would travel abroad to look at the academies in France, Russia, Germany. Now many of these countries come to see what we are doing in Spain.”
The most famous of these academies is La Masia in Barcelona, which has provided a number of the current squad, as well as the teams that won the last European Championship in 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.
Spain are bidding to become the first team to retain a Euro title when they face the Italians in Kyiv, Ukraine tomorrow night.