For countless years we have grown accustomed to Spanish football being the best, and that has been shown in the amount of competitions they have succeeded in - but we could finally see the tables turning. 

The Spanish national side faced a humiliating 3-0 defeat to a prospering Brazil squad in the final of the Confederations Cup a few weeks ago. 

This result could be a turning point when it comes to judging whether the Spanish team are still worthy of being classed as, the best.

It could be argued that the two spanish maestros, Xavi and Iniesta have passed their peak when it comes to changing the outcome of a game. 

It's hard to doubt their ability having led Barcelona and Spain to so many successes, but with Iniesta nearing 30 and Xavi already 33, some questions have been raised.

One thing this duo hasn't seen recently is a Champions League trophy. Both Barca and Real Madrid were brushed aside by what appears to be the new European force, Germany. 

The 2013 final was German dominated with Bayern Munich triumphant over Borussia Dortmund. In the semi-finals of the cup Barca were humiliated on home turf by a Munich side who managed to put seven past the Catalonians over two legs. This could be a reflection on Spanish football as a whole, it appears the two spanish giants are no longer the force to be reckoned with.

In international terms, although the Spanish squad contains such in depth talent that even the bench players could form a formidable lineup; the cooperation and compatibility of the players is in doubt. The most popular starting 11 features mostly Barca and Madrid players, and with the rivalry between the two Spanish clubs being so fierce, we can often see this reflecting on the play. In addition, Jose Mourinho's input at Real may have made a big difference to the success of the Spanish squad. 

The way Mourinho conducted his team and the style of play he enforced at Madrid seems to have potentially harmed the two sets of players' compatibility when it comes to playing on the same side. 

Xavi openly stated that he 'obviously doesn't like the football Mourinho's sides play' and went on to state that the Portuguese has 'left no legacy for the future'. 

Barca recently forked out near to £50 Million for the star of the Brazil show, Neymar. The combination between tis talented youngster and Argentine Lionel Messi will surely prompt a flurry of goals for Barca. 

But it may not be enough to see them return to domestic football dominance.Spain's unbeaten run of 29 games came to a resounding halt against the Brazilians and it looks as though things need to be freshened up in order for the side to return go their former dominance. 

Spain will certainly be out to prove a point in Brazil next year for the 2014 World Cup, and so will Madrid and Barcelona in the upcoming season.

 

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