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On defending their Championship: Spain ready to build World Cup empire

On defending their Championship: Spain ready to build World Cup empire

It was not a surprise when Spain’s seeding to the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals was officially confirmed. It will never be as they are indeed among the world’s strongest national teams. The fact that they are pressured to return and defend their title also adds up to their eagerness to make their nth voyage to the esteemed world competition.

Sure enough, Spain are an incredible pack of players other national teams would fear to battle out with. A consecutive win is what they are aiming when they arrive in Brazil next year, but because no European country in history ever won in South America, the quest will prove very challenging.

The 2010 edition was the first ever occasion that the online bookie favorites won the highest title. This was after a long streak of a seemingly “quarter-final jinx.” La Roja have qualified for the last 10 World Cups, but despite the massive team that they are, the squad never prevailed in such big occasion. Their previous best showing had been fourth place in 1950, also held in Brazil.

Vicente del Bosque will return as Spain’s head coach. Prior to winning the 2010 World Cup, he had a sizable expectation to live up to after his predecessor, Luis Aragonés, led the team to the 2008 European Championship title. Propelled to do better, he absolutely delivered. While most coaches are not too keen at staying in more than one World Cup cycle, del Bosque willingly signed a contract extension to remain at the helm until 2016.

The 2014 World Cup silverware itself is already a motivation for the Spanish squad, and achieving the success again is never a remote possibility. The current brood are perhaps the most talented of all time, as evidenced by their back-to-back successes in various regional or continental joists.

 

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