World Cup 2014 Previews Group B: Spain

Posted: May 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

World Cup 2014 Previews Group B: Spain
Team: Spain
Nickname: La Furia Roja
Group: B
Schedule: June 13 vs. Netherlands, June 18 vs. Chile, June 23 vs. Australia
World Cup History: Champions (2010), Semifinals (1950), Quarterfinals (1934, 1986, 1994, 2002)

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Team: Spain
Nickname: La Furia Roja
Group: B
Schedule: June 13 vs. Netherlands, June 18 vs. Chile, June 23 vs. Australia
World Cup History: Champions (2010), Semifinals (1950), Quarterfinals (1934, 1986, 1994, 2002)
Rankings: FIFA (1), SPI (3)
Winning Odds: 6-1

Spain produced a “golden generation.” Factoring in the collective success of the players at club and international level, perhaps it was the golden generation in soccer history. Since 2008, their talisman, Xavi Hernandez, has won four Spanish titles, two Champions Leagues, a World Cup and two European championships. The problem with that much success: playing a lot of games. Over that six-season span, Xavi has appeared 383 times for Barcelona and Spain. And that is while Barcelona was reserving him for important matches the past two seasons.

Xavi has also aged six years. He’s now 34. His compatriots, into or just entering their primes in 2008, are now on…

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