For the forthcoming World cup, draw wanted the finalists of 2010 World cup to play in the group stages. Spain and Netherlands will play the opening game of group B, in what would the reprise of 2010 final, when Spain defeated the Netherlands thanks to a extra time Andres Iniesta winner. Since the World cup final, Spain remained on top of the football world, while Netherlands went through a overhaul, which led to various players retiring from the squad and some new forces being introduced as future holders of the Oranje.
Spain is considered to be a favorite ahead of the June 13th clash in Salvador, according to various bookies. Red Fury went on to win the European championship in 2012 and qualified comfortably to the 2014 World cup. Although the squad did go through some changes compared to the 2010 squad, the majority of players is still there. It will be a big quest for Del Bosque to motivate his squad and if he does that, Spain should have no problems defeating Oranje.
The Netherlands was runner-up in the World cup three times, more than any other nation and is considered the best team that never won the World cup title. This generation of players is probably the weakest in last several years, but they qualified with no problems, winning nine out of ten games. Louis Van Gaal will leave for Manchester United at the end of the World cup, which might affect the team’s motivation. Nevertheless, ruling Netherlands out is very naïve and Spain will face a tough challenge to repeat the 2010 success against Oranje.
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