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Jakarta Post

Euro 2012, ‘tiki-taka’ and soccer evolution

  • Fajar Eko Antono

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 8 2012   /  10:01 am

Euro 2012, which kicks off today, will offer an opportunity to soccer enthusiasts all around the world to witness the possibility of a new record being carved out in the history of the most popular sport on earth.

Should the reigning European and World champion, Spain, win the month-long tournament, it would achieve a feat no other country has. Defending the European title while still holding the World Cup would catapult Spain — already a soccer superpower — to new heights. The Spanish have consistently topped the world rankings since their World Cup triumph in 2010, outstripping more traditional powers like Brazil and Argentina.

Spain’s domination, at least in the last five years, has been largely down to the team’s tactics and playing style, popularly known as tiki-taka, a strategy that has come to fore recently due to FC Barcelona. Several Barca players are of c...