Spain set to continue international dominance

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It’s hard to imagine that before 2008 the Spanish national team failed to even reach the final of, let alone win, a major tournament since 1964. 

The team that have managed to win all of the last three big competitions (Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012) have become dominant in the past five years, and this looks to continue for the foreseeable future, if not longer.

After their U21 team lifted the European Championship in Israel last week, La Roja could also add the Confederations Cup to their proud history. 

This will inevitably make them big favourites for the World Cup next year, despite Brazil playing in front of their home crowd.

If any team is to prevent the Spanish from picking up their second successive World Cup, it is very likely to be the Brazilians. 

Having won the World Cup five times, Brazil are the most successful team in World Cup history, and will be fancied by many to add another trophy to that record in just over twelve months time. 

If recent performances are to go by however, for this to happen will be somewhat of an upset.

In the current Confederations Cup, Neymar and company qualified as group winners ahead of Italy, Mexico and Japan. They did this with a perfect record, scoring nine goals, and managing two clean sheets along the way.

Everything would suggest that the Brazilians have found the form required to finish as tournament winners, but despite beating three good teams, they are still long-shots to do this, due to the quality of Spain.

There’s no doubt that going forward Brazil will be one of the best, if not the best, in the world. Barcelona new-boy Neymar, along with Zenit St. Petersburg star Hulk and in-form Fluminense striker Fred have shown time and time again that they have the ability to break down even the best of defences, but unfortunately the same thing cannot be said about them at the back.

They have the quality with Thiago Silva, David Luiz and Dante all being top defenders who enjoyed successful spells with their club teams last season.

But as we see with a majority of the top teams, Brazil look vulnerable at the back, and unless this problem is sorted out, they will have a very tough time against the likes of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, who will simply rip them apart.

Vicente Del Bosque has found a formula that has his team being regarded as the best ever by many football fans. With the exception of a Spanish self-destruction, or a minor-miracle, their success will surely carry in the future.


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