If it wasn't clear enough that the era of Spanish domination had come to an end, the heavens gave another sign when a lightning bolt struck the Spanish team's plane went they touched down in Madrid.
A spokeswoman for the airline has come out and stated no-one was harmed in the incident, issuing the following statement:
"The Iberia flight, which touched down at about midday local time (1000 GMT) in the Spanish capital, was hit by a bolt of lightning but there were no negative consequences for the aircraft or the passengers."
This is the earliest that Spain has arrived home from a World Cup since 1998. Last year's Confederations Cup final was the first sign of cracks in the 'tiki-taka' trademark as Brazil romped home to a 3-0 win on home soil.
Since Brazil were at home playing in front of thousands of their own fans, the loss wasn't seen as a serious shift in the tide. But after conceding seven goals in two World Cup matches just a year later and becoming the first team to drop out, suddenly the empire had fallen.
Nobody in the country, and even the world, could have predicted that the World and European Champions would have been knocked out after just two games. Although many accepted that the Netherlands and Chile would be threatening in that group, the collective feeling was that those two would be battling it out for second place in that final game rather than contending for the top spot.
Spain finished their campaign on three points after a comprehensive 3-0 win over Australia which prevented them from going home empty handed. In what was essentially a farewell match for several of those players on the world stage, none were as emotional as David Villa.
As the country's record goalscorer, Villa was applauded off after netting for the final time in a Spain shirt much to surprise of Vicente Del Bosque who admitted he was unaware this was his final International.
Andres Iniesta proved why he is the best midfielder on the planet by pulling the strings for the team in the final game with two impeccable through balls to help set up the Juanfran who provided Villa and then threading through Fernando Torres who netted home a classic Torres goal.
Calls for transition
But with the Barcelona midfielder set to be 34 when the next World Cup in Russia rolls around, calls are being made to begin the next transition by bringing in the young starlets.
Jesé, Isco, Thiago and Deulefeo are branded as the players for the future and so it would be no surprise if these players line up at the European Championships in 2016.
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