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2010 World Cup Team Previews: Spain

World Cup 2010 Team Spotlight – Spain

Capperspicks.com is previewing The Teams For World Cup 2010 in South Africa – Venues, History, and more. If you’re Looking To gamble On The 2010 World Cup here is your insider betting guide and World Cup 2010 Preview. We will also have game by game Free World Cup soccer predictions and more.

The WORLD CUP FINALS had their final draw on Dec 4th, 2009. 32 teams were picked out of their respective pots and we now know the matchups for World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Need predictions for Spain?

From the Coach

Analysis from the coach: “We’ve got good players and a well-oiled team, but there are some very strong sides out there. Our aim is to challenge for the next World Cup” Spain coach Vicente del Bosque

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La Roja finally broke their tournament curse by winning Euro 2008 and claiming their first major trophy in 40 years, but then followed losing to the USA in the 2009 Confederations Cup semifinal, ending their 35 match unbeaten streak.

This is Spain’s 12th World Cup appearance and while success has always eluded the team — its best-ever finish a fourth place in 1950—the current line up appears poised to repeat France’s feat in 1998 and 2000 of simultaneously holding the European and World Cup titles.

Group H: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, and Chile

FIFA Ranking: 2
Spain Odds to win World Cup: +400

Matchups:
June 16 vs. Switzerland
June 21 vs. Honduras
June 25 vs. Chile

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Supremo Vicente del Bosque took over the reigns shortly after Luis Aragones’ departure at the conclusion of EURO 2008.

The 59-year old Spanish national has plenty of experience and has reached the heights at club level with Real Madrid, winning two UEFA Champions Leagues (2000, 2002), two La Ligas (2001, 2003), a Spanish Super Cup (2001) a UEFA European Super Cup (2002) and the Toyota Intercontinental Cup (2002).

Bosque has continued keeping the same footballing philosophy of the one-touch style that has traditionally characterized Spain’s play, and will now set his sights on leading his side to their first World Cup title.
There will be no shortage of talent to accomplish the task.

The current squad is loaded with a combination of experience and youth, with a majority of players in their prime. However the team could be without Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, who underwent an operation on a torn cartilage in his right knee in April, sidelining him for the end of the Barclays Premier League season and leaving him with a race to be fit for the World Cup.

But the side has plenty of other stars ready to step up should Torres’ return be delayed.

The team is perfectly balanced from goalpost to goalpost, with Iker Casillas between the sticks, Sergio Ramos and Carles Puyol in defense, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and Xabi Alonso in the middle, and Barcelona striker David Villa providing the deadly finishing. Bet on Soccer at Sportsbook.com

La Roja charged through qualifying scoring a perfect ten wins in ten matches and were the European Zone’s second top scorers with 28 goals while conceding just five at the other end. But it wasn’t a cakewalk.

They began their campaign with a narrow 1-0 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina, followed by wins over Armenia and Estonia. Following a late goal 2-1 win in Brussels over Belgium, came a 1-0 success over Turkey in Madrid.

The reverse in Istanbul marked another 2-1-comeback victory. Once again they defeated Belgium 5-0 in La Coruna, punching their ticket to South Africa 2010 with two rounds to spare after a comfortable 3-0 home win over Estonia.

The side capped a flawless campaign with a win in Armenia and a 5-2 away victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

While Spain has all the right ingredients and put on a dazzling display during qualifying, putting down any of my hard earned pesetas on La Roja to win it all isn’t going to happen.

They will make quick work of the group round and will most likely advance out of the semifinals where their run will come to an abrupt end against the Brazilians.

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Matt Martz is a sportswriter for the Bakersfield Californian located in Central California. “ Football (soccer) is a game in which a handful of fit men run around for one and a half hours watched by millions of people who could really use the exercise.”

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