Spain's Soccer Team, a Champion for the Facebook Age

Spain celebrates after the Euro 2012 final against Italy in Kiev. The "Moneyball" revolution has spread to soccer. Photograph by Alex Grimm/Getty Images

In dispatching Italy 4-0 in the final of the European Championship, Spain’s national soccer team has now completed an unprecedented triple: winning the 2008 and 2012 Euro Cups and, sandwiched between them, the 2010 World Cup. All of this while playing a distinctive brand of soccer known as “tiki-taka”—a mesmerizing skein of quick passes that break down opponents’ defenses with a lock picker’s patience and guile. La Furia Roja (“The Red Fury”), as Spanish fans call their team, has launched itself into the debate over which is the greatest national team ever.

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