History has repeatedly shown that every cycle of power and dominance eventually comes to an end, to be replaced by a new order of power, a new dawn heralding the beginning of a new era.

Spain's dominance over world football has been well documented. Their tiki-taka style of football has revolutionised the way the game is played. Fans and admirers have revelled and wondered, in the way the ball is continuously passed around running circles around their opponents whereas critics and naysayers have ridiculed their style as boring and uneventful.

Managers have either tried to analyse and reproduce their own versions, albeit with a few tweaks here and there or develop a side to counter-attack in swift, blinding motions taking as little time as possible to reach the opposition goal, always having Spain's master class possession play as the benchmark.

Having primarily been developed and implemented by the great Johan Cruyff during his tenure as Barcelona manager from 1988 to 1996, Spain's tiki-taka masters are mostly graduates of La Masia. Andres Iniesta, Xavier Hernandez, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas are all alumni of Barcelona's famed football school, who have been the mainstays of the Spanish national team for several years now. 

Their style of passing the ball around in intricate patterns while inter-changing positions amongst the mid-fielders coupled with intense, high pressing when off the ball has led them to successive UEFA Euro triumphs in 2008 and 2012 and conquering of the world in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

However, after years of trying, managers have appeared to finally found a chink in the armour of this revolutionary style of play, as evidenced by Barcelona's (the principal advocates of tiki-taka) short-comings on a number of occasions this season during various stages of the Champions League.

With the right approach and personnel, Spain's all-conquering golden generation can be made to have a taste of the bitter feeling of being on the losing side, and who better than the Brazilian samba boys, in front of their home crowd, led by their own golden boy, Neymar, to dislodge 'the Titans' off their perch.

Brazil has been playing good football under the guidance of Luiz Felipe Scolari, the last coach to bring home the World Cup back in 2002. Big Phil's paternal style of management has certainly seemed to have had a positive impact on the squad, as they are starting to play more like a unit, seen by the impact every substitute has had since coming on in each of Brazil's matches so far in the Confederations Cup.

Scolari has been entrusted with the task of bringing back the glory days by winning the home World Cup next year. And, winning the Confederations Cup beating the reigning World and European champions would be the perfect preparation to achieving his ultimate task.

Whether this young Brazil squad, comprising just two members from the 2010 World Cup squad, in Daniel Alves and Julio Cesar, can bring down the mighty Spaniards to kick-start their own period of dominance over world football, only time will tell, but Sunday's potential final, at the iconic Maracana, between Spanish 'tiki-taka' and Brazilian 'joga-bonito' promises to be a showdown of epic proportions.


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