In 1992, the Spanish football team won the gold medal on their home pitch. While that advantage may have been clear, yesterday’s win wasn’t a surprise when Italy looked fatigued and suffered injuries to the hamstrings. Instead of throwing stones, a real issue to ask is what could be done? Some of the blame game nonsense was out of line, since the experts had their own trail of problems. At the end of the day, Spain had a 24 hour advantage, something not to be underestimated. I believe that Spain had a clear advantage because of the time course changes in games to the body. Clearly the Spanish were skilled and the team of the last decade, but the constraints of the hours played and lack of recovery is a real factor.