May 22, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT
The loss of their best defender increased the need to get Spain’s biggest scoring threat healthy, but David Villa’s participation in Euro 2012 was always a long shot. Today came the news we were expecting: Spain’s only consistent goal scoring threat won’t be at Poland-Ukraine, out while recovering from a broken leg at December’s Club World Cup.
According to a statement on Barcelona’s web site, the decision was Villa’s. On Tuesday, Villa told Spain and coach Vincente del Bosque that he can’t do it. After his last couple of training sessions it’s clear: He won’t be ready come June 10 (when Spain faces Italy).
Villa communicated his decision to the Spanish Football Federation and FC Barcelona this Tuesday.
After not showing sufficient progress in his recovery in the last few training sessions, David Villa told [head coach Vicente] Del Bosque that despite wanting to be part of Spain’s team in Poland and Ukraine, that he is not in optimal physical condition to play in a competition like the EURO.
Still only 30 years old, Villa is already Spain’s all-time leading scorer, posting 51 goals in 82 career appearances. After him, there’s a huge drop off for La Roja. Fernando Torres has scored 27 times, but that’s in 91 appearances (then there’s the fact that Torres isn’t that good anymore).
Spain’s other forwards: Fernando Llorente, Roberto Saldado and Alvaro Negredo? They’ve combined to score 15 goals (albeit in 30 games). As worrisome, they’re all very different types of players from Villa. Del Bosque’s going to have to tweak Spain’s approach.
When PST claimed Spain are no longer the tournament’s favorites, we have Villa’s absence in mind. Except for some small hopes expiring, nothing much has changed. Spain still has the talent to win this tournament. They’ve got three weeks to figure it out.
ProSoccerTalk is doing its best to keep you up to date on what’s going on in Poland and Ukraine. Check out the site’s Euro 2012 page and look at the site’s previews, predictions, and coverage of all the events defining UEFA’s championship.
May 21, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT
Wait a minute … didn’t MLS commissioner Don Garber say there “is no Plan B …” beyond the Queens location?
May 21, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT
Well, phooey! Didn’t Dempsey just go through a summer of transfer instability?
May 21, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT
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May 21, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT
The updated ordering in ProSoccerTalk’s ranking of Major League Soccer teams following 12 rounds of play:
Officials from MLS, Yankees, Manchester City and NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg to speak tomorrow on expansion news
May 21, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT
How very convenient that Manchester City just happens to be in the States for a brief two-game tour.
May 21, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT
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May 21, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT
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May 21, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT
Early thoughts on the facility and the ripples of today’s big announcement on the 20th MLS franchise:
May 21, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT
By swapping Dzeko for Cavani, City can hamstring Manchester United and Chelsea, as both are rumored to be seeking a world-class striker.
It’s official: Manchester City and the Yankees will own and operate Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team.
May 21, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT
The league’s 20th franchise will begin play in 2015:
May 21, 2013, 9:33 AM EDT
During his Premiership tenure Toure has proven himself a leader, captaining both the Gunners and the Citizens, as well as Cote d’Ivoire.
May 21, 2013, 8:37 AM EDT
Has Daniel Levy already forgotten about what happened when he tried to pin Luka Modric down with this ‘no sale’ line of bull?
May 20, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT
Expect this one to get worked out.
May 20, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT
If Real Madrid’s going to shake things up, Higuaín could do worse than land at The Emirates.
May 20, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT
Four players were on the original list. None of them may end up at Stamford Bridge.
May 20, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT
Our sympathy continues to grow for a man in a bad spot.
May 20, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT
MLS will not have arrived until it has a high-profile feces incident.
May 20, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT
It probably won’t happen this summer, and if it does … I’m sure we’ll run that into the ground, too.
May 20, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT
For a moment, it looked like Milan had fired their coaching staff … via an open letter from a television show.
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