Europe bid 'adios' to Spain, end of tiki-taka by David Hein
19 June 2014, 12:40
Madrid - The rest of Europe reacted with amazement to the crashing elimination of world champions Spain from the 2014 World Cup, declaring an end to an era as well as a possible death to the Tiki-Taka style.
"Spain out! Adios, world champion! Unbelievable! Out! Over with! Tiki-Taka is dead!," headlined the German mass daily Bild its coverage of Spain's 2-0 loss to Chile.
"Spain, all you are now is history!" Bild continued: "They made us look silly in the Euro 2008 final.
They beat us in the 2010 World Cup semi-final. And now they are flying home after the first round.
"In Rio, Iniesta and Co. seemed like old burned out men creeping who creeto a Boccia game Sunday afternoon."
The Munich-based Sueddeutsche Zeitung spoke of "the fall of the overburdened hegemony".
"Never before seen missed passes, nasty fouls, physically overtaxed. World champions Spain crash out against Chile and leave Brazil much too early for holiday.
The debate started already in Maracana Stadium how things will continue with the former heroes," the SZ wrote.
And Die Welt proclaimed: "The greatest football era of modern times ends in disaster."
The Italian Gazzetta dello Sport said Spain's loss is the end of a cycle and the end of Tiki-Taka - the short passing game that led Spain to the 2008 and 2012 Euro titles and the 2010 World Cup crown.
"The end of an unique era. A sensastion, a world champion eliminated after two World Cup matches."
And the Corriere della Sera wrote: "The fall of the gods. The world champions are already eliminated. The king is dead, long live the king." From England, the Times of London started its coverage with the headline: "End of the line at World Cup for aristocratic Spain."
And the Times continued: "On the day that King Juan Carlos signed the Abdication Bill at the Royal Palace in Madrid, his country's footballers also lost their grip on power. The Kings are dead, long live the Kings. For six years Spain have reigned supreme and their achievements deserve to be acknowledged even amid their downfall."
The headline from the Independent was: "End of the world: Champions Spain knocked out in Brazil" and the daily added: "For the third time in the last four World Cups, the holders exit at the group stage."
The Mirror added: "Spain out of the World Cup with loss to Chile and Del Bosque admits he has no excuses."
France's sports outlet L'Equipe said the "crown is on the ground" and continued: "For the world champions, who have dominated international football since 2008, is at the end of an era."
And Le Parisien titled its coverage: "The end of the Spanish reign. The king is dead. What a thunderbolt."