Your Quick Guide To Group B Teams of the FIFA World Cup 2014

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(Last Updated On: May 7, 2014)

FIFA World Cup 2014: Group B

Your Quick Guide To Group B Teams of the FIFA World Cup 2014

Teams:

Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia

Spain

Spain

13 FIFA World Cup Appearances

1 time Champions

1st in current FIFA Rankings

Coach: Vicente del Bosque

Players to watch out for: Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, David Villa, Fernando Torress, Pedro, Cesc Fabregas, Alvaro Negredo

Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Spain is the defending champion this time. They had Six wins and two draws against France and Finland. They topped their group in the preliminaries. Not only this they gave away only three goals in the process which is  fewer than any other European team.

Netherlands

Netherlands

9 times FIFA World Cup Appearances

0 times Champion – Best position: Runners up in 1974 (Germany), 1978 (Argentina) and 2010 (South Africa)

15th in the Current FIFA Rankings

Coach: Louis Van Gaal

Players to watch out for: Robin van Persie, Jermaine Lens, Rafael van der Vaart, Arjen Robben, Kevin Strootman, Daryl Janmaat

Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

They had the smooth sailing in the qualifying round and they topped the European scoring teams alongside Germany. The only flaw in their campaign was a 2-2 draw against Estonia. The Netherlands had a comfortable win against Turkey, Hungary and Romania. A win over Italy by 2-0 made them the first European team to qualify for Brazil 2014.

Chile

Chile

8 FIFA World Cup Appearances

0 times Champions – Best performance 3rd position in 1962 (Chile)

14th in Current FIFA Rankings

Coach: Jorge Sampaoli

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Players to watch out for: Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas, Matias Fernandez, Arturo Vidal, Claudio Bravo, Gary Medel, Jorge Valdivia, Jean Beausejour, Marcelo Diaz

Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

After winning 12 points of 18 available at the start of their qualifying campaign Chile lost their way and lost two games against Columbia and Argentina at home. They changed the coach, but again they lost to Peru but that defeat became the reason for the turnaround and Chile won five games out of their six and drew one.

Australia

Australia

3 FIFA World Cup Appearances

0 times Champions – Best in Round of 16 in 2006 (Germany)

59th in the Current FIFA Rankings

Coach: Ange Postecoglou

Players to watch out for: Tim Cahill, Lucas Neill, Brett Holman

Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

After having a smooth sailings for the last world cup the Australians had the bumpy ride for this one. Narrow win against Thailand and a loss to Oman at the very start put them in to a worry. But then they made a good progress by drawing the games against Oman and Japan but then lost to Jordan. Big wins against Iraq and Jordan made their qualification possible.

Your Quick Guide To Group B Teams of the FIFA World Cup 2014
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