David Villa's teary retirement against Australia signalled the end of an era for Spain, and with it Xavi, Xabi Alonso and Iker Casillas could be set to follow, not forgetting Carles Puyol, who has already bowed out of the game due to injury.
The change of guard will be an intriguing period for Spanish football, having been able to call upon the same nucleus of players for the last six years, and central to their revitalisation will be ensuring Vincente del Bosque doesn't resign as manager.
The former Real Madrid manager's experience will be central to ensuring the likes of Koke, Ander Herrera, Dani Carvajal, Isco and Gerard Deulofeu are all integrated into the squad successfully.
Retaining del Bosque will also guard against the temptation to completely revamp the Spanish style, undoing the groundwork laid by del Bosque, and his predecessor Louis Aragonés. Let's be clear, Spain need an evolution rather than revolution. They already have one of the most successful frameworks in modern football history, and if they are able to adapt that to include the pace and directness the future Spanish generation offer, they quickly be able to bounce back from their shock exit in the World Cup.
Another issue, with so many leaders departing the dressing room, is fostering a winning mentality. Having won both the World Cup and the Euros, del Bosque's winning persona should not be underestimated.
Spain are in an enviable position were the strength of La Liga, and the next generation of players ready to compete for La Roja, mean they shouldn't go through the drought that normally follows successful era's. But crucial to this ideology is retaining some aspects of what made the previous era so dominant.
On the coaching side, Spain aren't able to follow the formulae Barcelona used so successful, with Pep Guardiola usurped by Tito Vilanova, having assisted and learnt his trade away from the harsh realities of managerial life. Vicente del Bosque's assistant is José Antonio Grande, and whilst he is vastly experienced, there is little wisdom in hiring him as Spain manager, at the age of 66, in the eventuality that del Bosque does resigns.
Therefore, whilst much of the interest and intrigue surrounding the Spain squad is focussed on the playing staff in the fallout of Spain's World Cup debacle, del Bosque's decision will have enormous ramifications for the future of Spanish football!
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