Spain will be making their 14th appearance at a FIFA World Cup™. Nicknamed La Furia Roja, the current world champions first appeared at the 1934 edition in Italy. In 2014, the Spaniards find themselves in Group B alongside Australia, Chile and The Netherlands.
Vicente Del Bosque’s side are on a mission to defend their title; a quest that will come with breaking a handful of records. From joining Italy and Brazil as the only teams to defend the world cup title, to being the first European team to win this cup on South American soil, are just two of the challenges in the way of Spain. To highlight Spanish domination of world football, La Furia Roja are also the reigning European champions. In 2010, a late Andres Iniesta goal handed Del Bosque’s men their first ever World Cup trophy.
Four years later, Iniesta is still the heart and soul of the team. His midfield command abilities and great passes make him a man to watch. Spain are indeed a galaxy of stars with the likes of Sergio Ramos, Cesc Febregas, Xavi, David Silva, Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas and many others to boot. To make things easy their starting XI will be one to watch from the goalkeeper to the players on the bench.
This will be La Furia Roja’s 14th appearance at the World Cup and it might be their best yet. They head to Brazil with an impressive repertoire however the critics claim the cracks have started to show after defeat in the Confederations Cup final to the Brazilians and a friendly defeat in South Africa. That said, when Brazil last hosted the tournament in 1950, Spain finished fourth, and few would bet against the Spaniards going a step further this time.
Currently, Spain is on top of world football. It seems like every day a new star is born and everyday someone breaks a record that was set just the previous day. Can this rub off in their quest of utter world football domination? We can only wait and see as as the world’s greatest football event prepares to kick off.