After waiting for four years fans will be able to watch Spain vs. Netherlands live online as Group B kicks-off at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Spain earned its first trophy in 2010 against the Netherlands, which finally gave the European nation the respect it was looking for since the tournament’s inception in 1930.
The Spanish have a long and distinguished legacy and now that they are the number one football team in the world, they find themselves in the unusual position of having to defend the World Cup title, for the first time. Since winning the World Cup Spain has captured several international titles, making them one of the most dangerous teams in the world.
Spain vs. Netherlands is a repeat of the 2010 World Cup final, which the Dutch lost 1-0. Fans that tune in to watch the match live online will witness whether the “Clockwork Orange” (Netherlands) can avenge the disappointing result that crushed their dreams in South Africa.
These are two of the best football teams in the world and should afford fans the opportunity to watch the top European countries in action. Spain will look to repeat the 2010 performance, while the Netherlands wants revenge.
If you watched Spain vs. Netherlands in 2010 then you may remember that it was one tough match with 28 fouls, the most in any final. Netherlands earned nine of the 14 cards shown during the match.
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Dutch star Robin Van Persie recently said he considers Spain “the best national team in the world, in my opinion,” adding:
“Spain is great, but so are we. We haven’t changed much from the World Cup four years ago. I’m looking forward to seeing what form they’re in, and of course, we hope to be able to win.”
The Netherlands brings with it decades of tradition, however, they are empty handed as they have never won the World Cup. The Orange saw their best result in South Africa.
Here are the expected squads for Spain vs. Netherlands for the Group B opener:
Spain: Casillas; Azpilicueta, Ramos, Pique, Alba, Alonso, Busquets, Xavi, Costa, Fabregas, and Iniesta.
Holland: Vorm; Jaanmat, De Vrij, Vlaar, Martins Indi, Blind, Claise, De Guzman, Sneider, Robben, and Van Persie.
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy).
Location: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Time: 3 pm ET/2 pm CT
TV: ESPN (login with cable subsciption), BBC.
Mobile: ESPN Apps
To watch Spain vs. Netherlands live stream free, in World Cup action you can tune in here.
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