Spanish Media Bemoan Early Exit of World Champions

Spanish fans and media could not have predicted the sheer humiliation as their team - the defending champions - crashed out of FIFA World Cup 2014 after two straight losses.

updated: June 21, 2014 01:22 IST
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Spain's goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas (R) and midfielder Andres Iniesta walk off the pitch after losing their Group B football match against Chile in the Maracana Stadium.


Spanish newspapers and football fans on Thursday mourned the end of an era for their national team after the world and European champions crashed out of the World Cup in a humiliating 2-0 beating by Chile.

Photographs of midfielder Andres Iniesta with his head in his hands made the front pages of the press, sharing the space in some cases with coverage of the swearing in of Spain's new king, Felipe VI.

"The end... A terrible end to the most glorious era", ran the headline in leading Madrid sports daily Marca. "Goodbye to the golden years." (Also read: Excuses from Spanish players)

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