World Cup 2014: guide to Group B

Read Match of the Day's quick guide to all the teams in Group B, featuring Spain, Holland, Chile and Australia




Nickname: The Red Fury

Manager: Vicente del Bosque

Captain: Iker Casillas

FIFA ranking: 1


The defending champs have a squad so packed with artists it makes you green with envy. They press high, hog the ball and know how to win.


There is a huge Barca presence in the squad – and for the first time last season, teams found a way to stifle their play and counter against them.

Star man

Xavi, age 34: He’s got the experience to know that patience pays off. He’ll always get two or three chances per game to deliver that killer pass – but he only needs one.

2014 squad lowdown

Most capped: Iker Casillas, 153 caps

Top scorer: David Villa, 56 goals

Most represented club: Barcelona, 7 players

Likely formation: 4-3-3


Formation: 4-2-3-1 (4-3-3)

Playing style: Counter-attack

Strengths: Lethal finishers

Weaknesses: A new crop of inexperienced kids

Star man: Bayern blitzer Arjen Robben has a thing for the big stage


Formation: 3-4-1-2 (4-2-1-3, 4-3-3)

Playing style: Attacking

Strengths: Rip-roaring wingers

Weaknesses: Poor discipline

Star man: All-action megastar Arturo Vidal covers every blade of grass


Formation: 4-2-3-1

Playing style: High-pressing

Strengths: Bundles of energy

Weaknesses: Changing tactics in-game

Star man: Aerial beast Tim Cahill is Australia’s all-time top scorer


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