FIFA World Cup: Spanish confidence quietly building for title defence

The principal issues that plagued Vicente del Bosque's side during 2013 for now appear to have worked themselves out.

updated: April 14, 2014 19:41 IST
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Madrid: Spain will start the defence of the World Cup they won for the first time in 2010 as they ended in South Africa by facing th Netherlands in Salvador on June 13.

Whilst not as decisive as when the two sides met in the final four years ago, the presence of a highly-rated Chile side alongside Australia as their opponents in Group B, allied to the prospect of a last 16 clash against Brazil for the side that finishes second in group, make it imperative for the holders to get off to a good start.

When the draw took place in December there was an initial air of pessimism around Spain's chances to continue their historic run of winning three major championships in succession.

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