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TSN.ca 2014 World Cup Previews: Group B

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TSN.ca Staff
6/3/2014 3:34:48 PM
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Every day leading up to the eve of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, TSN.ca will be previewing one of the eight participating groups. Today, the previews continue with Group B featuring Pedro Rodriguez and the defending champions Spain, Arturo Vidal and Chile, Robin van Persie's Netherlands and Australia with Tim Cahill. Check back on Wednesday for Group C.

Winners of the 2008 Euro, the 2010 World Cup and 2012 Euro, Spain looks to win an unprecendted fourth-straight major title and to become the first European team to win the World Cup on South American soil. Can a star-studded roster featuring Xavi Hernandez, Sergio Ramos, Andres Iniesta and Juan Mata accomplish arguably the greatest feat in football history?

Click here for the Spain team preview

Arturo Vidal isn't at 100 per cent. Can Alexis Sanchez and Chile survive a competitive group without the straw that stirs the drink in their midfield running at full steam?

Click here for the Chile team preview

With one of the most offensively gifted teams in the entire field, scoring goals shouldn't be a problem for the Netherlands. Still, similarly skilled Dutch teams have failed to put it all together at this level in the past. Can Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Jordy Classie and the rest of the 2010 runners-up finally get over the hump?

Click here for the Netherlands team preview

At number-56 in the world, the Socceroos are the lowest-ranked team in the entire World Cup field. Is Australia out of its element in Brazil or will its scrappiness be enough to prove that it can hang with the big boys?

Click here for the Australia team preview

Pedro Rodriguez (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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