Bora predicts Spanish dominance
Bora Milutinovic, the only man to coach five different teams at the FIFA World Cup™, has said he believed Spain's time had come to dominate world football.
The veteran Serb, now in charge of Iraq, said the current generation of Spanish players was one of the best he had seen. "They have a great generation of players like Brazil in the 1970s and France in the 1990s. Now is the time of Spain," he said ahead of Iraq's showdown with Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup here Wednesday. "They play a beautiful game with outstanding performers.
"Spain has always had excellent players and competitive teams but it seems that the results are starting to come for them," he added. "They are spectacular and they seem to be enjoying playing the game, which, for me is very important and one of the reasons why they are doing so well."
Spain go into Wednesday's match looking to equal the record for the longest winning run by a national team, giving them an extra incentive to beat Iraq. The record of 14 straight victories is jointly held by Brazil and France and the European champions have a great chance of not just matching it but going one better, with South Africa next up after Iraq.
Following the emphatic way they dispatched New Zealand 5-0 in their tournament opener on Sunday, few would bet against Vicente del Bosque's men achieving the feat, as well as matching Brazil's world record unbeaten run. The Brazilians put together 35 matches without defeat between 1993 and 1996 and Spain are currently on 33, stretching back to November 2006 when they lost 1-0 in a friendly against Romania.
Despite praising Spain, Milutinovic, whose side took a point off South Africa in their opener, said he was confident his team could get a result against them. "Iraq must not be afraid, this is one of the biggest challenges for us," he said. "We are lucky to here, lucky to be playing Spain. I will be happy to play a negative game and get a point."
Milutinovic led hosts Mexico at the FIFA World Cup in 1986, then Costa Rica in 1990, the United States in 1994, Nigeria in 1998, and China in 2002.