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Finally one generation, the one of young kids between ages of eight and 14, know how it feels to be on the other side, less memorable, more daunting, the losing one .
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CURITIBA, BRAZIL - JUNE 21:  Andres Iniesta of Spain in action during a Spain training session at...

Finally one generation, the one of young kids between ages of eight and 14, know how it feels to be on the other side, less memorable, more daunting, the losing one . Everything happened quickly to this Spanish national team; the end of a magical run got fulminated abruptly just like the elevation to the top was so swift and done so decorously that it won the admiration of millions.


The end for Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso, and David Villa with La Roja is here, while the doubt of whether Iker Casillas will continue representing Spain after this World Cup will be a topic of debate. In Spain, the federation, most fans, and journalists want to keep Vicente Del Bosque as manager, but that is a decision that he will take after Spain returns home.


Koke said this week that the team will look for the win against Australia, but also reminded that the upcoming vacations are well-deserved for a pack of players that did not decide the league champion until the last possible date, and two Spanish teams played the Champions League final. A burnout had to occur sometime in May and hardly anybody inside the team wants to talk about it.

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - JUNE 22:  Juanfran (L) and Pepe Reina of Spain face the media during a Spain p...

Xavi will not play in Curitiba due to a minor injury, and Del Bosque feels there is no need for him to play and risk worsening it. While others will debut in a World Cup like it will be the case for Pepe Reina, who was in the bench during the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.


Spain's possible starting XI is the following: Pepe Reina; Juanfran, Sergio Ramos, Raul Albiol, Jordi Alba; Juan Mata, Xabi Alonso, Koke, Andres Iniesta; Cesc Fabregas/Santi Cazorla, and David Villa.


The change that will occur between now and the 2016 EURO in France will not be a massive revolution that will automatically switch some of the players in this World Cup for others that are knocking hard on the door, waiting patiently to come in and join. Del Bosque wanted to do the changes prudently, permitting the greats that led Spain to win the Triple Crown have one more go at it, unfortunately the 1-5 and 2-0 were not part of the script. The team wanted to end the run in other circumstances like in quarterfinals or semifinals.


One of the big blows this team suffered was Thiago Alcantara's injury. The midfielder's injury proved costly to a team that needed of a player capable to withstand the pressure needed to take over Xavi's spot in the starting-eleven. Thiago had proved before, specifically in March of 2013 at Estadio Vicente Calderon against Italy, that he was ready for the challenge. With no Thiago, the changes were done differently, and at the end they were harsh, as Xavi looked from the bench at Estadio Maracana as the six glorious years came to an end, and he was relegated to the bench.


This new young generation in Spain knows how it feels to win and lose. La Roja seals six years of glory, and after it leaves Brazil, it will have to press the restart button. 





 
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