Ahead of Euro final, "La Furia Roja" left its marks as tournament's most advanced side-Xinhua

Ahead of Euro final, "La Furia Roja" left its marks as tournament's most advanced side

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2024-07-10 20:24:00

By Oliver Trust

BERLIN, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Spain's genius Youngster, 16-year-old Lamine Yamal might rule the headlines after his record-setting goal at the 2024 UEFA Euro pushing his side into the final this upcoming Sunday.

Turning into the youngest scorer in the competition's history might secure the Barca striker an unprecedented chapter in football's books, but the 2010 FIFA World Champions' six wins in as many gives proof that there is more behind the success of the team of coach Luis de la Fuente.

Yamal's 17th birthday one day ahead of the final this Sunday might turn into an additional motivation booster.

At the age of 16 Years and 362 days, the genius outpaced Brazilian legend Pele having scored at the age of 17 at a World Cup or continental Championship.

Like no other competitor "La Furia Roja" managed a well-oiled generation change by combining experienced forces and youthful upstarts to a powerful squad that always seems to find an answer when facing various game situations.

The man placed behind Yamal on the pitch is Jesus Navas, a 38-year-old veteran; not to speak of City midfielder and conductor, 28-year-old Rodri. Injuries like the one of Pedri are made up with other performers smoothly fitting in like Dani Olmo.

Spain's tactical variety came to light in every of the 2008 and 2012 European Champions encounters. Beating Croatia, Italy, Germany, and France is a statement of a team, celebrating football as an inspiring event. Having a plan in every possible situation turns Spain into the 2024 tournament's leading team.

The country's profound education of young talents has become a trademark over decades. Supervised by a coach who not only harvested the 2023 UEFA Nations League title but was responsible for the 2019 and 2015 Euro titles of Spain's under-21 and under-19 teams.

That might have allowed him to gain inside knowledge of the country's talents. Success in women's football undermines the country's ability to detect young talents and guide them to higher levels.

There is still another game to play, the final, against the Netherlands or England. No matter how the outcome might be, Spain has left its mark.

"We have seen a genius action from a young genius today," De la Fuente said after the 2-1 victory over France coming along with Yamal selected as the Player of the Match.

"Let's keep an eye on him and his development. Let's help and protect him on his way," the Spaniard's coach said.

Ahead of Sunday's final in Berlin, it might be a curious fact, that the Spanish national team always won the Euro title when having beaten France.