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2014 World Cup: 5 Reasons Why Spain Will Win the World Cup

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Spain Looks to Take Home Winners Medals at 2014 World Cup

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The 2014 World Cup is rapidly approaching, and the fervor in the soccer community is ratcheting up for the tournament in Brazil. One of the biggest favorites once all 32 teams arrive for the group stage will be Spain, who have won their last three major international tournaments and have a team that is capable of winning the 2014 World Cup. I have compiled the five biggest reasons why they will indeed take home winners medals.

5. Incredible Ball Possession

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5. Incredible Ball Possession

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Spain has been defined by their tika-taka style in recent years, which is defined by their ability to maintain ball possession and tire out defenders. In the 2010 World Cup Final, Spain held the ball for 62.9 percent of the game, which is an exceptional number, but is relatively average when Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez are puling the strings in midfield.

Expect Spain to drain opposing teams by dominating possession at the 2014 World Cup.

4. Exceptional Team Unity

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4. Exceptional Team Unity

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One thing that has taken out great teams in recent World Cup tournaments is intra-squad fighting, with France at the 2010 World Cup being a prime example. That is not an issue for Spain, as despite having many players hail from rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid, this is a team that puts aside personal rivalries for the good of the national team. This dedication to the team shows late in games, and can be a determining factor in the knockout stage.

3. Depth In Numbers

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3. Depth In Numbers

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Spain has enough world class players to field two legitimate World Cup title contenders, which means they have a bench that can make a huge impact late in games. For example, Juan Mata, Santi Cazorla, David Silva and David Villa are amongst those waiting to make an impact off the bench. These types of dynamic offensive players can tear up tired defenders, and surely will score crucial goals late in games.

2. Spain Has Found Options at Striker

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2. Spain Has Found Options at Striker

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For many years, people were disappointed by Spain having to rely on Fernando Torres through thick and thin, but they now have competition at forward. Amongst those competing for the centre forward spot are David Villa, Diego Costa, Alvaro Negredo, Fernando Llorente and Roberto Soldado. Any of these players could conceivably win the golden boot at the World Cup, and will surely push Torres to perform well or lose his starting spot.

1. They Have Done This Before

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1. They Have Done This Before

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In the knockout stages, teams are separated by how they handle pressure, and Spain clearly will not be fazed by anything. As many as eight players could be appearing in their fourth straight international final at the 2014 World Cup, and the mix of tenure together and talent throughout the roster will have Spain gleaming with confidence late in the tournament.

Expect them to ride this confidence to the 2014 World Cup title.