- Today marks twentieth anniversary of Spain’s first Futsal World Cup title
- La Roja defeated sizzling favourites Brazil 4-3 in ultimate of Guatemala 2000
- Then coach Javier Lozano remembers his aspect’s achievement
Spain’s triumphant marketing campaign on the FIFA Futsal World Championship Guatemala 2000 noticed them overcome some formidable opponents alongside the best way, win an epic ultimate with a stirring comeback, and pen a brand new chapter within the sport’s history. And but, when the ultimate whistle sounded within the decider, Roja coach Javier Lozano had the composure to pause amid the mayhem and savour the second his manner.
“The boys were jumping for joy but, after hugging my assistant, I made a point of taking it all in and making a series of mental photos to sear into my memory. At that moment you’re not thinking about what you’ve achieved, you’re just trying to capture emotions that will stay with you all your life. The public, the players, my assistant, our opponents… I was very calm, as I wanted was to take it all away with me.”
Spain had simply received the primary of its two futsal world titles – and in some type too. Not solely had they ended Brazil’s hegemony within the self-discipline – A Seleção had received all three earlier editions – in addition they avenged their defeat to them within the ultimate on dwelling soil 4 years earlier.
A triumph that modified Spanish sport
Lozano is unequivocal in regards to the significance of that 2000 world title. “The mindset of Spanish futsal changed. We’d brought Brazil, who were a mythical, seemingly unbeatable team, crashing down to earth. After that, we faced them about six times in four years and beat them on five of those occasions. In addition, we sent a message to the world that there was also a Spanish model to follow. The international standard ceased to be that of Brazil, and we started to see Spanish coaches all around the world.”
The crew’s success even transcended the world of futsal within the wake of widespread recognition again dwelling. “The media coverage was like nothing we’d seen before, because at the time [Spanish] team sports were not achieving major honours. After us, they won in handball, basketball… and then football. We were the first.”
Three key substances
The street to the 2000 title was actually difficult. “It was like doing a Masters in resilience and human-resource management, and I came out of it with a PhD,” he says with a smile. However, for Lozano, there have been three issues particularly that had been key to their triumph.
I. Thick pores and skin within the face of criticism:
There was unquestionably a stifling environment on the pre-match coaching camp. “When I announced the squad, I left out Javier Lorente, one of the players with the most influence and history with the team. So every day we were hearing criticism… The period in which we were preparing in Spain was unbearable. To endure that and not fray as a group was the first triumph.” When we arrived within the host nation Guatemala, the environment was relaxed. We’d overcome our first impediment.
II. Claveria, an sudden hero
“During the warm-up for our first game of the second group phase, our second-choice goalkeeper broke a finger. Then during the match itself, our starter Luis Amado also got injured. All we were left with was out third keeper, Jesus Claveria, who we’d taken along more as a mark of respect, so he could bow out at a major large tournament. That night at the hotel was very dramatic. Morale was low, because the team feared our dream was slipping away.”
Lozano then had to attract on all his motivational abilities. “I met with the players alone and had an extremely emotional chat. Everybody was crying. I had to find something they could hold on to. When that talk was over, the prevailing sense of woe had been transformed into anger. By the time we huddled, they were shouting again and we’d turned things round.”
Claveria, who made some very important stops within the decider, grew to become the hero of the hour. “He taught us a life lesson,” says Lozano. “Instead of complaining, he made sure he was prepared for when his chance came.”
III. Consolidating motivations
After his aspect had made it to the ultimate, Lozano had one final trick up his sleeve to cope with the all-conquering Brazilians. “The team-talk on the eve of the final was key. We went round asking everyone why they wanted to win. Each player had their own motives, and we managed to align individual interests with those of the group. I remember having to do an interview shortly afterwards and telling those present that ‘we’re going to win’. And I said it with total conviction, because I saw that the team wanted to win. That’s why I directed proceedings so calmly during the game itself.”
The ultimate as anticipated
And so we come to the closing chapter of this story: the grand finale towards Brazil. “They had their best ever side,” says Lozano. However, the Roja coach had studied them effectively and provide you with a sport plan that left nothing to likelihood – even having to return from behind. And that’s exactly what occurred when Brazil took a 3-2 lead within the second half.
“We thought that if we can still keep possession, they’ll get nervous and commit fouls.” And so it transpired. “The end unfolded like a Spielberg script,” he says with amusing. “We won with two frees from the second penalty spot.” Settled solely within the ultimate moments, these objectives would seal a 4-3 triumph for Spain.
Four years later, once more with Lozano on the helm, La Roja would safe their second world crown. But nothing compares to that first time. “You never forget your first kiss. Over your life there may be many more, but that first one stays with you forever,” the coach concludes.