Group B – World Cup 2014
Winner Mondial in South Africa from 4 years ago – Spain in defense of the trophy moves from group B where her biggest competition on paper to be a team that defeated the Netherlands in the final of 2010. These two selections could fight for a place in the next round. In the encounter I give a slight edge to Spaniards because of higher quality because of the continuity of good results.
In contrast to Spain, which was the world champion title from 2010. Added trophy with EURO 2012., The Dutch were completely disappointed in the aforementioned European Championship. It is the weak performance of the Netherlands after 2010. Cited me to the conclusion that they could not finish the contest early in the forthcoming Mondial.
The remaining two teams, Chile and Australia will not be too easy opponents especially the South American team. Although the competition finalists last Mondial, placing Chile or Australia in the next round would be a big surprise, I still expect to Chile reach the Top 16, it is true that Chile is the host team and to qualify for this year’s Mondial be primarily thanks to an excellent performance who were at home in qualifying and also the fact that Brazil as the host did not have to play qualification and opened one position over the South Americans.
However the game anywhere in South America should be an advantage for Chile bar when on the opposite side of the opponent from another continent. Australia’s last championship was one of the pleasant surprises when they are in competition with Germany, Serbia and Ghana failed to qualify for the next round. But it seems that such a feat is only in the realm of theory, because this time they do not have one but two top opponents in the group.
Spain coach: Vicente del Bosque
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, David de Gea
Defenders: Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Raul Albiol, Javi Martinez, Jordi Alba, Cesar Azpilicueta, Juanfran Torres
Midfielders: Koke, Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas, Santi Cazorla, Pedro Rodriguez, Juan Mata, David Silva
Strikers: Fernando Torres, David Villa, Diego Costa
Netherland coach: Louis Van Gaal
Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen, Michel Vorm, Tim Krul
Defenders: Paul Verhaegh , Daryl Janmaat , Joel Veltman , Stefan de Vrij , Ron Vlaar, Bruno Martins Indi, Terence Kongolo , Daley Blind
Midfielders: Leroy Fer, Nigel de Jong, Jordy Clasie, Jonathan de Guzman, Georginio Wijnaldum , Wesley Sneijder
Forwards: Arjen Robben , Robin van Persie, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar , Dirk Kuyt, Jeremain Lens, Memphis Depay
Chile coach: Jorge Sampaoli
Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo, Johnny Herrera , Cristopher Toselli
Defenders: Miiko Albornoz, Gonzalo Jara , Gary Medel, Eugenio Mena, Jose Rojas
Midfielders: Charles Aranguiz, Jean Beausejour, Carlos Carmona, Marcelo Diaz, Jose Pedro Fuenzalida, Felipe Gutierrez, Mauricio Isla, Francisco Silva, Jorge Valdivia , Arturo Vidal
Forwards: Fabian Orellana, Esteban Paredes, Mauricio Pinilla, Alexis Sanchez , Eduardo Vargas
Australia Coach: Ange Postecoglou
Goalkeepers: Eugene Galekovic, Mitch Langerak, Mat Ryan
Defenders: Jason Davidson, Ivan Franjic, Ryan McGowan, Matthew Spiranovic, Alex Wilkinson, Bailey Wright.
Midfielders: Oliver Bozanic, Mark Bresciano, James Holland, Mile Jedinak , Massimo Luongo, Matt McKay, Mark Milligan, Dario Vidosic
Forwards: Tim Cahill, Ben Halloran, Mathew Leckie, Tommy Oar, Adam Taggart, James Troisi
Group B – World Cup 2014