Spain play walking football in training before match with Croaita

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Spain are going for their third consecutive European Championship title this summer and they’ve made the perfect start in their attempt to do exactly that.

They’ve dominated both of their matches so far with their incredible possession game, beating Czech Republic 1-0 and Turkey 3-0 to guarantee progress to the knockout stages.

As they swept aside their Turkish opponents on Friday, many people were left praising their beautiful passing philosophy once again which saw them win the Euro's in 2008 and 2012 as well as the World Cup in 2010.


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After watching Spain, some may be left wondering what they do in training that enables them to be so successful on the pitch.

Well, we’ve found a video that shows them playing a bizarre training ground game.

On a small pitch with six goals, the entire 20 outfield players are playing a match. It sounds fairly normal until you add the fact that they can’t run.

Cue a load of superstars looking extremely strange as they attempt to power walk whilst playing football. Watch a clip of the training ground drill below:

While it looks odd, there is probably a perfectly reasonable explanation why Vicente del Bosque has told his players that they must walk whilst playing. Maybe it helps with passing accuracy as they know a misplaced pass would be difficult to retrieve.

Spain's Euro 2016 campaign

Whatever they do in training though, it’s working. The Spaniards face Croatia this evening as they look to confirm top spot in Group D. Del Bosque’s side only need a draw to set up a clash with a third-placed side on Saturday night in Lens.

However, Spain face a tough task of winning an unprecedented third consecutive European Championships with other nations being more motivated to beat them. That’s according to Sergio Ramos who believes that Spain have to ‘reinvent’ themselves to continue to be successful.

Ramos' comments

"It's clear that all the squads are more motivated when they face us," he told Marca.

"We are the reigning European champions and we've also been world champions.

"We have a good history and everyone wants to beat us.

"Our style of play is very characteristic and everyone has been studying it thoroughly so we have to reinvent ourselves to carry on fighting to achieve the highest levels of success."

If, according to Ramos, everyone has been ‘studying’ Spain’s style, don’t be surprised to see all of the other countries playing walking football in training.

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