Spain media mourn their World Cup exit

It is the end of a unique generation of players and the end of a talented dynasty

Spanish fans react while watching their team play against the Chileans. The current football World Cup champion have been eliminated from the competition after losing their second match 2-0. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Spanish fans react while watching their team play against the Chileans. The current football World Cup champion have been eliminated from the competition after losing their second match 2-0. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Thu, Jun 19, 2014, 11:58

Spanish newspapers mourned the end of the country’s soccer dynasty after the champions’ stunning exit from the World Cup in Brazil, although front pages on Thursday were more focused on a new reign - of King Felipe VI.

Champions Spain lost 2-0 to Chile on Wednesday, their glory days consigned to history books on the same day that King Juan Carlos signed his abdication papers, handing over to his heir Felipe who will be sworn in on Thursday.

Spain’s main newspapers, which had splashed headlines about the team’s shock 5-1 demolition to Netherlands last week across their front pages, bemoaned the second ‘debacle’ but mostly relegated the news to inside pages on Thursday.

“The Spanish soccer team that has been the most deserving of a royal farewell ended its fairy tale in an atrocious way, in a world fiasco,” Spain’s leading newspaper El Pais said.

The undisputed kings of global football in the last six years, Spain won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships and their first World Cup in South Africa. But their supremacy is no more and an ageing team needs to be rebuilt.

“Crash! The end of a unique generation,” sports newspaper Marca said. Spain became the third champions in the last four World Cups to be eliminated at the first hurdle and their departure will almost certainly end the long international careers of their greats Xavi, Iker Casillas and Xabi Alonso. “It was nice while it lasted,” sports newspaper AS said.

Sign In

Forgot Password?

Sign Up

The name that will appear beside your comments.

Have an account? Sign In

Forgot Password?

Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In or Sign Up

Thank you

You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.

Hello, .

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

Thank you for registering. Please check your email to verify your account.

We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.