With the recent victory at the European U21 Championship, the future of the senior Spain squad is now officially reinforced.

Over the past few months, many experts had been speculating on the end of Spain's hegemony in favour of the emerging Germany, but recent events have proved that La Roja is far from being dethroned.

If we pay attention to the numbers, the Spanish supremacy looks more than obvious: the senior squad won the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, also crowning themselves as world champions for the very first time in South Africa, 2010. 

This team is formed partially by FC Barcelona players, who have won two Champions Leagues over the past four years (2009 and 2011) and the FIFA Club World Cup in the same years. And then there are also the likes of Iker Casillas, David Silva, Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and others in the squad.

And regarding the junior team, this last victory in the European U21 Championship is just the final touch: this is their second title in a row -they also won in 2011 in Denmark.

There is buzz going on about the age of Spain's main players: Xavi, Casillas, Carles Puyol and David Villa. They are all in their early thirties, and some others will also be by the time Brazil 2014 arrives.

But one just has to look the other way: when Casillas retires - in the distant future - prodigious Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is going to be there, ready to take the post.

And he is not the only one: captain Thiago Alcântara is a rising star, and Iker Muniain, Álvaro Morata, Rodrigo Moreno or Isco ensure the future success of La Roja.

Xavi, second captain of the senior squad, declared recently that his team "can play even better", with the chance of winning this year's Confederations Cup and the World Cup next summer.

And he and his team-mates are very confident that this generation, led by Xavi himself and Casillas, is still long winded. Other teams fear them, and that feeling is set to continue with their replacements over the years.

There will be a moment, in two or three years time, when the transition will begin, and the Spanish national team will suffer a slight decline, only to rise again.

Rise with this team of U21s, who are waiting for their turn to make history with La Roja like their predecessors.

And they are already doing enough to deserve the honour.

 

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