WORLD CUP 2014
Good football at Brazil 2014 is thanks to Spain, says Tostao
The Brazil legend wrote in Folha de Sao Paulo: "Spain, thank you. It is thrilling to see such beautiful games. I get to my feet and I applaud you."
Brazil legend Tostao has dedicated an article to the Spain national team in the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, asserting that La Roja are responsible for the good football on show at World Cup 2014.
In the text, entitled ‘Thank You Spain’, Tostao – who tasted World Cup success at Mexico 1970 – wrote: “Barcelona and Spain have made an enormous contribution to world football. The top national teams and club sides have incorporated the attractive and efficient style of the Spanish and added several important details. This mix is the reason for the excellent football we’re seeing today at the World Cup.”
Tostao admitted his sadness at Spain’s early exit in Brazil, one he put down to “some players growing older” and the fact that teams “start to lose” when they “get used to the routine of victories”.
The 67-year-old believes that Spain lack attackers due to the majority of foreign forwards in La Liga now and in the past. He added: “The Spain midfield is so spectacular that even without a great player in attack they won two European Championships in a row and a World Cup. With the decline of the playmakers, the deficiencies in attack became more evident.”
He concludes the article on a note of high praise: “Spain, thank you. It is thrilling to see such beautiful games. I get to my feet and I applaud you.”