With the World Cup less than 40 days away, the footballing world will descend on Brazil, let's examine each individual nation, focusing on the nation, likely squad to go, key player, player to watch and the manager. This is focusing on Spain.
Spain won the last World Cup, plus with winning Euro 2008 and 2012, there is a lot of pressure on them to win a fourth major event in a row, while the squad is ageing and the strikers not performing, there could be a number of notable absentees which could make them not as strong but could they create even more history?
The Probable Squad of 23:
Goalkeepers - Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina and David De Gea.
Defenders - Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Alvaro Arbeloa, Raúl Albiol, Sergio Ramos, Juanfran, Cesar Azpilicueta
Midfielders - Xavi Hernadez, Andreas Iniesta, David Silva, Jesus Navas, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Busquets, Santi Cazorla, Javi Martínez,
Forwards - Diego Costa, Alvaro Negredo, Roberto Soldado, David Villa, Pedro Rodriguez
There is a few notable absentees in the list, including Victor Valdes who is injured and will miss the World Cup, plus players such as Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and Fernando Llorente who domestically are not doing well.
Diego Costa is likely to start and lead the line, but players like Fabregas and Iniesta will probably start out wide despite not being traditional wingers, in a sense similar to the ultimately successful Euro 2012 campaign.
Key Player - David Silva, he has been a solid lynchpin for Manchester City and with Xavi and Iniesta both being older now, more responsibility will fall on players such as David Silva, while Fabregas may get more game time, Silva is the man who can create something from nothing, he has been key for Manchester City this season and in recent seasons and he can be the difference maker for Spain.
Player To Watch - Javi Martinez - While the majority of the Spain team should be known to casual football fans, Javi Martinez is still something of an enigma despite his success with Bayern Munich.
While a first-team player for both of these teams, internationally he is still knocking at the door, due to Xavi, Busquets and Iniesta in essence ahead of him. He has a lot to do still to merit a starting berth in the team, but Javi Martinez should be given the chance in this World Cup to show his worth and become a vital cog in the Spain Team.
The Manager - Vicente Del Bosque has done an admirable job since taking over in 2008, leading them to World Cup success in 2010 and Euro 2012 success. While in recent years has come under scrutiny for relying heavily on Xavi, Iniesta and Fabregas in attacking positions rather than the strikers within the team.
La Roja came unstuck in the 2013 Confederations Cup when losing 3-1 to Brazil, while it's expected they will qualify from their group, Netherlands and Chile may think differently and Del Bosque may have to get the best out of the team to qualify from their group.
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