The elegance of Spanish football was once again prominent this month with Spain's under 21s triumphing in the European Championships in Israel.

The patience, movement, shape and the infrastructure in place has made fellow countries envious. 

One of the most striking facets of  La Roja's game asides from the aesthetically pleasing elements of their physical approach is the adeptness of technical skill the players possess and the frightening rate at which they're producing such world class worthy talent.

The system currently implemented tactically can't be forged and copied at will as its requirements are not suited to various countries player attributes. 

This mesmerising way of playing has unmistakably derived its footballing ideals from the 1970's 'Total Football' of the Dutch and it was Johan Cruyff who embraced this and aided it in its evolution. 

On May 4, 1988 Barcelona hired the adventurous Dutchman as manager and this in turn marked the beginning of something significant. 

What would later become notoriously known as 'tiki-taka' was born and the development was under way. To familiarise players with the system it was customary for Barcelona to play with a 3-4-3 formation from La Masia to the senior side. 

Rather than physicality, it was technical ability that was encouraged and the speed and rhythm of their passing tempo was emphasised. 

As the system progressed Barcelona have become synonymous with heavy possession based football and the success of this prompted Spain's national side to adopt a similar approach. 

This has brought a wealth of honours on the international stage and the Spanish golden generation has reigned superior on the international stage winning three consecutive tournaments with two European Championships and one World Cup. 

One worrying aspect of the heavy reliance on this tactic is the absence of a second approach and in the ever evolving world of tactics and the game changing innovations of tacticians that can become problematic. The cycle does not seem to be coming to an end with an endless distribution of players coming through in the form of Isco, Thiago Alcantara, Koke,Ilarramendi and the even younger influx of talent in Deulofeu, Jese, O.Torres and Suso. 

Will Spain's rule continue or will the renaissance in Germany  withdraw their grip on the international stage? 


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