Sports Spanish Media blast Spain team for ‘Global Failure’ at FIFA World Cup


Titilope Adeuja

Reigning World Champions, Spain, were on Wednesday eliminated from the defence of their title defence of the FIFA World Cup after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Chile at the Maracana.

The Netherlands were victorious earlier in the group match beating Australia 3-2 and the group standing with Netherlands and Chile occupying the first and second position while Australia and Spain occupy the third and fourth respectively.

Spain most popular newspaper, El Pais, ran the headline 'Espana fue el Titanic' (Spain was the Titanic), while the El Mundo tagged Spain’s elimination as 'Fracaso Mundial' (Global Failure).

El Correo described the loss with 'El campeon pierde su estrella' (The champion loses its star), while Spain's two leading sports newspapers, Marca published 'the party's over' on the English version of their website, and the opening paragraph of AS' main story bemoaned a 'horrible' closure of Spain's era of dominance.

Juanma Trueba of AS wrote, "As endings go, this was a particularly horrible one," Juanma Trueba wrote for AS. "But we knew that it had to come some day. Nevertheless, we could never have imagined it would be so pitiful and the Spain side so unrecognisable and ordinary-looking."

Trueba linked the elimination of Spain to the failed experimentation of Diego Costa and the trophy less season recorded by Barcelona.

Costa had been plucked at the last minute from the under the noses of Brazil in the belief that the striker scoring 36 goals for Atletico Madrid would add a direct approach lacking in the strike-force of Spain.