the reign in spain

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTSBRIEFING -

Mil­lions of Spa­niards cel­e­brated their World Cup semi­fi­nal vic­tory over Ger­many on Wed­nes­day. They’ve ac­tu­ally had a lot to cheer on the field lately.

Spain re­mains as­cen­dant in a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional sports. Its bas­ket­ball team won the 2009 Euro­pean cham­pi­onship, while Pau Ga­sol has just won a sec­ond NBA ti­tle with the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers. Rafael Nadal has tri­umphed a sec­ond time at Wim­ble­don. And Al­berto Con­ta­dor is chas­ing a third ti­tle in the Tour de France. “You see this coun­try has changed enor­mously,” Vi­cente del

Bosque, Spain’s na­tional soc­cer coach, said. “We are grow­ing in the world’s eyes. We are a strong player in Europe. We are priv­i­leged cit­i­zens to have so many sports­men. Foot­ball is the lo­co­mo­tive for all sports. We have been wait­ing so many years to have such suc­cess.”

Themba Hadebe AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Spain soc­cer coach Vi­cente del Bosque punches away a ball in the World Cup semi­fi­nals. ‘We are grow­ing in the world’s eyes,’ he said of Spain’s suc­cess in his sport and oth­ers.

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