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Spanish dominance: Can it be stopped?

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As the final whistle blew on the Under-21 European Championships, in Jerusalem, the Spanish youngsters replicated the success of their senior counterparts by winning a consecutive U21 European title. 

This should raise the question, with such a promising crop of young players coming through, will the continued triumph of this nation cease in the near future?

With their senior team being world and European champions, it's daunting to think their U21 team are also showing a similar level of dominance in international competitions. 

The senior squad is already overflowing with world class players that struggle to gain a place in the side, so it appears that Vicente del Bosque will have an even tougher choice to make in the coming years with players coming through such as Malaga's Isco, Manchester United number one David de Gea, and the latest Barcelona wonder-kid Thiago Alcantara, who managed to score a perfect hat-trick in the final as his team romped to a 4-2 win.

Another question that needs to be asked is who, if anyone, can stop Spain? Here we will look at two nations who might just break the monopoly:

Brazil

With the 2014 World Cup being hosted in their country, many think Brazil could return as a dominant force once again on the world stage. 

With recent form, it looks like few would argue with this statement as they earned the silver medal in the 2012 Olympics (losing to Mexico in the final).

Brazil could also be considered to challenge due to the pool of talent the manager is able to pick from, such as the highly rated Neymar, powerhouse striker Hulk, and Chelsea's creative midfielder Oscar. 

Whilst high profile players may have been overlooked for the Confederations Cup such as Kaka, Ronaldinho, and Alexandre Pato, would the manager leave players of this experience out for the World Cup, considering the enormous amount of pressure that will be on the South American nation next summer?

I would say that time will tell, as if the current team manage to produce good displays and possibly even win the Confederations Cup (hosted in Brazil) the manager might feel a limited amount of change will be needed.

Germany

Another team many people are tipping to challenge Spain are Germany. It has been said that Germany could prove a tougher test to Spain than Brazil would, due to the fact that the German defence is significantly stronger due to players such as Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm and Mats Hummels. 

If this was not enough, Germany typically play with two defensive midfielders Spain would have to bypass before they try to unlock the defence. With the likes of Khedira and Schweinsteiger usually occupying this role, even a team of Spain's calibre would be seriously tested. 

At the other end, Germany have the creative talents of Ozil and Muller to feed a strikeforce of Mario Gomez and Lukas Podolski who can put the Spanish defence under a considerable amount of pressure.

 

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