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GROUP B

HOLLAND

Star man: Robin van Persie (Man Utd)

Coach: Louis van Gaal (above)

Qualified: Europe group winners

Best World Cup: Runners-up (1974, 1978, 2010)

Predicted group finish: 2

Louis van Gaal made amends for his failure to lead the Oranje to the 2002 tournament with an impressive qualifying campaign, but memories are still fresh of their awful showing at Euro 2012. If the egos can be managed they could go far, although getting to the final again seems unlikely.


SPAIN

Star man: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

One to watch: Pedro (Barcelona)

Coach: Vicente del Bosque (above)

Qualified: Europe group winners

Best World Cup: Winners (2010)

Predicted group finish: 1

Having enjoyed the best spell in their country’s history there is a sense that Spain are not as strong as they once were. But that does not mean the depth of their talent should be underestimated as the likes of Koke have added new impetus while the quality of Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Xavi Hernandez remains.