Group B is a very interesting one indeed. The two finalists from last year happened to land in the same group and are set to be the opener for the group. Spain and The Netherlands (Holland) played in an epic final that cemented the end of a wonderful tournament. Now, The Dutch surely have payback on their minds and have been rabidly preparing for this clash for the past six months. Spain has a World Cup crown to defend and will surely have a bull’s eye the size of Stephen Curry’s shooting range squarely on their backs. Chile poses an interesting threat to the two world powers. Chile’s squad is filled with talented and relatively unknown players. Australia may just be enjoying the nice vacation. Nobody expects much out of the Socceroos but who knows they can weasel their way out with the proper tactics.
Australia: For the footballers from down under they will need all eleven to play cohesively as one heartbeat if they plan on making it out of a tough draw. Australia doesn’t have loads of talent so their heart will be the main ingredient for success. Tim Cahill will look to prove critics wrong and lead a subpar Australian attack into Brazil. Cahill is a very capable player with a knack for scoring goals but he will need some assistance. Veteran Mark Bresciano will look to provide to relief to Cahill along the wing and provide Tim with well flighted quality balls into the box.
Chile: The Chileans will be gritting their teeth to get out of this group. Seen as a two horse race between Spain and Holland the Chileans are eager to prove they should not be overlooked. Alexis Sanchez is an amazing and troublesome forward who will have to be on his “A” game if Chile have any hope of proving the doubters wrong. Arturo Vidal is another splendid player who will be the driving force in the midfield for Chile. Vidal’s ball-winning and playmaking abilities will have to be at its height if Chile plan on advancing out of the group. Other notable players are midfielder Jorge Valdivia and forward Eduardo Vargas who both will have to put in work to help Chile’s attack be potent. The defense will be the biggest question mark for the Chileans and hopefully a star can emerge from what looks to be an average unit.
The Netherlands: A finalist in last year’s tournament the Dutch are looking to improve upon that finish and get their hands on the Jules Rimet trophy. Historically the Dutch play an exciting almost South American style of football that is rare and refreshing for a European country. The catalysts of it all is Robin Van Persie, the uber talented striker with a venomous left foot and array of graceful moves will be leading the cavalry. Arjen Robben will be the facilitator for RVP along with Wesley Sneijder the smooth operator in the midfield. Robben is one of the world’s best on the wing and is a total menace to contain. The Dutch have a ton of talented players and are definitely a favorite to go far in Brazil. Other notable players are Nigel De Jong playing a defensive center mid role his tackling prowess and bulldog mentality will be needed to retain possession of the ball. Ron Vlaar manning the back four will have to keep the defense organize to insure no goals will be conceded. Leroy Fer attacking along the wing, Dirk Kuyt providing a goal scoring punch off the bench, Klaas Jan Huntelaar will be needed when the Dutch need an aerial threat, Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield, and Jonathan De Guzman playing next to De Jong will all have to chip in.
Spain: What more can be said about the defending world champions and European champions! Espana has taking notes from fellow countrymen Rafa Nadal and have been dominating the world of football. You would be a complete fool to bet against the Spanish Armada. The squad is oozing with talent all over the place. I don’t even know where to begin. Andres Iniesta seems like a good start as the quiet yet deadly striker helped propel the Spaniards to World Cup glory in South Africa. He will have loads of help from young Diego Costa who looks to leave a legacy starting imprint in Brazil. Not to mention veterans David Villa and Fernando Torres whose resume’s respectively speak for themselves. When Spain needs crucial goals these two lads have it in them in bunches. The midfield is filled with stars adept at controlling the tempo of the game and squeezing precise unlikely passes to these world class strikers. At the forefront is Xavi and Cesc Fabregas. These two players are just as good as it gets. Overshadowed is the crafty David Silva who is a magnificent player who is very much underrated. The backline is very sturdy as Shakira’s hubby Gerard Pique is proving hips don’t lie and continues to annoy opposing strikers. He isn’t alone as Sergio Ramos is an amazing defender and great leader for Spain. Other notables are Juan Mata creating on the wing, Sergio Busquets in midfield, Xabi Alonso in midfield, goalkeeper Iker Casillas and David De Gea, Jordi Alba from his left back position, and Santi Cazorla providing a much needed spark off the bench. This team is equipped for another title run is all I can say. – BoSo ¤