Saul celebrates scoring Spain’s first goal during the UEFA Nations League match against Croatia Tuesday.
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Scoring Saul redefines Spanish midfielderAfter patiently waiting his turn, Saul Niguez is doing more than just making the most of it. The 23-year-old Atletico Madrid player is revolutionizing what it means to be a Spanish midfielder.Saul didn't play a single minute for Spain at the World Cup. But the arrival of Luis Enrique as Spain coach, combined with the retirement from international football by Andres Iniesta and David Silva, has given Saul his chance.Saul started and scored goals in both of Spain's UEFA Nations League matches. Spain won the 2010 World Cup in between European titles in 2008 and 2012 by deploying their unique "tiki-taka" style, which prioritized keeping possession and picking teams apart with precise passers like Iniesta, Silva and former Spain players Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas.
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