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The Spanish team in Brazil

As we all know, Spain is defending the World Cup at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer. By now it is known that Spain is in the same pool as the Netherlands. Together with Australia and Chile, they form Pool B and the first matches will take place on June 13. Even though "La Roja," the Spanish team, won both the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship, they still fear a bit for their opponents. Our Orange, of course, is fully focused on getting revenge for the lost 2010 final. But they also fear Chile, currently one of the most dangerous teams in South America.

  • It is not yet clear who will be in the Spanish team's selection at the World Cup in Brazil, but there are bound to be many familiar names such as Ramos, Alba, Villa and Piqué.
  • It remains to be seen if the older guard like Casillas and Alonso will be in the selection.
  • If Spain wins the 2014 World Cup, it will become the third country besides Italy and Brazil to successfully defend its world title. 

This year la Roja is again under the direction of Vicente del Bosque, who was also the coach during the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship. Since 2008, del Bosque has been in charge of which players represent Spain in international matches and tournaments. And he does it well, given the successful results in recent years. Spain's soccer success keeps coming, including being in the history books as the first team to successfully defend its European title. In fact, Spain also became European champions in 2008, and again the team was led by Luis Aragonés.

It is not yet known exactly what La Roja's selection will look like during the World Cup, but many of the players will most likely be from Spanish soccer teams Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and FC Barcelona. Notably, the regular players in the national team are Ramos, Alba, Iniesta, Valdén, Villa, Fàbregas, Piqué, Busquets, Pedro and Arbelo. Many of them will be seen during the World Cup in Brazil.

During the 2014 World Cup, the Spanish team will stay at the CT do Caju training center in Curitiba. The training center known as the largest and most modern in Brazil. By choosing Curitiba, the team is also fairly close to the cities where the first matches will be played.

Under del Bosque's leadership, the Spanish team has lost only eight of 85 games in international competition. But before the World Cup really begins, Spain will play one more game, a friendly against El Salvador at the Redskins' stadium in Landover, Washington. There are very many positive expectations from the Spanish team and Spain will of course do everything possible to bring in the cup.

¡Viva España!

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