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Spain demise proves tiki-taka is officially dead

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From the flowing, beautiful Brazilians with one-touch back in the 1970s to Johan Cruyff's Barcelona in the 90s and Pep Guardiola's all conquering Barcelona and even the back-to-back Euro-World-Euro champs Spain, we can now say it is official - tiki-taka is finally dead.

With the latest proof these 10 days that this tactical style is not effective, Spain were destroyed by the Netherlands and simply outplayed by the brilliant Chileans.

We can go back even to the 1960s and 70s to see how Brazil won it three times from four possible from 1958 to 1970 with similar to today's tiki-taka, but with the Brazilian flavour of style and skills. Yet they played with one, maximum two touches before looking for the pass.

Then the tiki-taka became known and popular with this name under Johan Cruyff at Barcelona in the period 1988-1996. The Dutch manager was very successful with the Catalans winning 11 trophies in these eight years and Barcelona became a global force.

Again it went a bit quiet for the tiki-taka until 2008 when Pep Guardiola brought the style back to life and won the treble (La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League) in his first season and finished the calendar year 2009 with six trophies - becoming the first coach to complete this achievement.

Spain also adopted this style of football and it repaid their manager Vicente del Bosque with La Roja winning back to European Championships in 2008 and 2012 and their first World Cup in 2010.

Yet it could be seen that not everything was going well for both Barcelona and Spain. There were some problems in the Spain national team, but until they were winning, and it was hard to criticise them.

Then Guardiola joined Bayern Munich. Everything seemed to be perfect- the Bavarians playing well under their new boss and adopting to the tiki-taka, which was a bit different, but still tiki-taka.

Nevertheless, Real Madrid came knocking in April 2014 and thumped Bayern 4-0 - the tiki-taka was reaching its twilight.

And now, on the biggest stage of all in Brazil, Spain proved to us that the tiki-taka is dead after being thumped by both the Netherlands and Chile with conceding a total of seven goals in just two games.

If we have to be honest, this time was coming. I am not saying the tiki-taka was not successful - just the opposite. This is a great style of football and most importantly- a winning style of football. Brazil won three World Cups, Barcelona won the treble and the Champions League three times.

Yet we won't be seeing any team playing the tiki-taka for the next 10 years probably, because it comes and goes. It comes for 10 and leaves for 20 years, but when it comes it's almost impossible to stop it.

In 15 years it just might be the trendiest thing in football....again.

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