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Teams: Spain, Netherlands, Chile and Australia

Matches:

13 - june: Spain v Netherlands (Salvador)

13 - june: Chile v Australia (Cuiaba)

18 - june: Australia v Netherlands (Porto Alegre)

18 - june: Spain v Chile (Rio de Janeiro)

23 - june: Australia v Spain (Curitiba)

23 - june: Netherlands v Chile (Sao Paulo)

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Spain coach, Vicente del Bosque, has announced his provisional 30-man World Cup squad on Tuesday.

The squad of the defending champions will have to be cut down to 23 by June 2.

La Furja Roja has been the football power over the past six years, winning the 2008 EURO, the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 EURO.

They are currently ranked first in the world and are one of the favourites to win the trophy in Brazil.

Spain have been drawn in Group B with 2010 finalists Netherlands, Australia and Chile.

Here the full provisional squad:

Goalkeepers:

Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, David de Gea

Defenders:

Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Raul Albiol, Javi Martinez, Juanfran, Jordi Alba, Cesar Azpilcueta, Daniel Cavajal, Alberto Moreno

Midfielders:

Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Koke, Sergio Busquets, Santi Cazorla, Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara, Juan Mata, David Silva, Pedro Rodriguez, Jesus Navas, Ander Iturraspe

Attackers:

Diego Costa, David Villa, Fernando Torres, Alvaro Negredo, Fernando Llorente

http://www.soccerladuma.co.za/news/articles/leagues/world-cup/vicente-del-bosque-names-spain-s-30-man-world-cup-squad/162247

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Australia will be the surprise of Group B: they're not heat sensitive, Their country also is full of dangerous wild beasts and the crowds will be puzzled by their jersey and cheer a lot for them.

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Netherlands` 30-man provisional World Cup squad.

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Michel Vorm (Swansea City), Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Jeroen Zoet (PSV)

Defenders: Paul Verhaegh (Augsburg), Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Joel Veltman (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Karim Rekik (PSV), Terence Kongolo (Feyenoord), Daley Blind (Ajax)

Midfielders: Leroy Fer (Norwich City), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord)

Forwards: Quincy Promes (Twente), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Jean-Paul Boetius (Feyenoord), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Memphis Depay (PSV)

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Australia will be the surprise of Group B: they're not heat sensitive, Their country also is full of dangerous wild beasts and the crowds will be puzzled by their jersey and cheer a lot for them.

I like that prediction a lot.

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Do you think? People have been calling Group D for Death with champions Italy, Uruguay and England... and Costa Rica (God protect them)

B is a little weird IMO because Chile and Netherlands are not very predictable. Netherlands went to the 2010 final, then came weak campaign at Euro 2012 followed by the top of the UEFA qualifying round. Spain is the top team; Chile is consistent but not enough to make an impression and Australia... well, Australia is growing in AFC and their performance can surprise us eventually...

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Dutch midfielder Van der Vaart out of World Cup

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Veteran Netherlands midfielder Rafael van der Vaart will miss the World Cup after injuring a calf muscle in his right leg.

The Dutch soccer association said Wednesday the injury means coach Louis van Gaal will not include the country's most experienced player in his squad for Brazil.

The Hamburg star with 109 international appearances is the second important midfielder to drop out of Louis van Gaal's squad after Kevin Strootman suffered a season-ending knee injury in March

AP

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2014/05/28/dutch-midfielder-van-der-vaart-out-of-world-cup/9659405/

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Spain to play Netherlands in white for WC opener

MADRID - Spain has been ordered to make a new kit for the World Cup after FIFA decided the team's normal red shirts didn't offer enough contrast to the Netherlands' jerseys for their opening game in Brazil.

Spain's clothing supplier Adidas said Thursday that "FIFA has expressly mandated" it to supply Spain with a third — white — kit that it must use in its first match in Brazil.

FIFA requires teams to have two different kits for the tournament — one light in colour and the other dark.

Spain's strip is red for home and black for away, while the Dutch — who normally wear orange — have a blue away kit they plan to wear against Spain on June 13.

By The Associated Press

http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/4546344-spain-to-play-netherlands-in-white-for-wc-opener/

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Spain and Netherlands final 23 man squad roster

OFICIAL | ¡Estos son los 23 jugadores que nos representarán en el SUEÑO de conseguir nuestro segunda COPA DEL MUNDO!

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Netherlands

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax Amsterdam), Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Michel Vorm (Swansea City)

Defenders: Daley Blind (Ajax Amsterdam), Stefan de Vrij, Daryl Janmaat, Terence Kongolo, Bruno Martins Indi (all Feyenoord Rotterdam), Paul Verhaegh (FC Augsburg), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Joel Veltman (Ajax Amsterdam)

Midfielders: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Leroy Fer (Norwich City), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven)

Forwards: Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

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Spain have dropped Barcelona duo Gerard Pique and Xavi for their must-win World Cup clash against Chile in Rio.

Versatile Bayern Munich star Javi Martinez comes into the starting XI to play alongside Sergio Ramos at the back while Xavi is replaced by Barcelona team-mate Pedro.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa have kept their places in the side despite below-par performances in their shock 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands.

Chile have named the same starting XI as they did against Australia but are expect to play with three centre-backs against the Spanish.

https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/world-cup-spain-drop-barcelona-stars-chile-clash-155920858--sow.html

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Netherlands defender Bruno Martins Indi sent for tests with suspected concussion

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil – Netherlands defender Bruno Martins Indi has been taken to a hospital for tests after suffering a suspected concussion in his team's hard-fought 3-2 victory over Australia at the World Cup.

Martins Indi was carried off at the end of the first half Wednesday after Australia forward Tim Cahill clattered into him hard and late at the Estadio Beira-Rio.

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal says that if tests confirm a concussion, the Feyenoord defender will be sidelined for a week and miss the last Group B match against Chile.

Cahill was booked for the foul and will be suspended for Australia's last Group B match, against defending champion Spain.

AP

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2014/06/18/netherlands-defender-bruno-martins-indi-sent-for-tests-with-suspected/

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Spain Federation Backs Del Bosque Despite Debacle

The Spanish Football Federation says it wants national coach Vicente del Bosque to remain in charge despite the titleholders' stunning elimination from the World Cup after just two matches.

Federation director Jorge Perez tells Cope Radio "if he wants to go, we'll persuade him to stay. He is the ideal man to lead the transition the selection needs."

The 63-year-old Del Bosque is under contract through 2016, but said after Spain's second loss in as many games in Brazil that "we will need time to find what's best for Spanish football, and that includes me."

Del Bosque guided Spain to World Cup glory in 2010 and helped it successfully defend its European title in 2012.

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AP

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/spain-federation-backs-del-bosque-debacle-24227642

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Spain Plane Hit By Lightening Spanish National Team Arrived Back In Madrid on Tuesday

What seemed to be Spain’s World Cup nightmare could have ended up in a real tragedy as their plane was reportedly hit by a lightening.

Spanish newspaper AS reports, the Spanish national team was on their flght from Curitiba, which had stopped in Las Palmas, to Madrid.

When approaching to land, the plane was reportedly hit by a lightening on the right wing, which caused a noise sounding like an explosion.

The pilot, however, quickly declared there was no danger and all passengers, including the Spanish national team and Spanish journalists, disembarked safely.

Spain’s players reportedly left the airport through a backdoor exit, skipping around 250 who were waiting with banners of support.

http://www.soccerladuma.co.za/news/articles/teams/spain/spanish-national-team-arrived-back-in-madrid-on-tuesday/166899

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