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Why Brazil will top Spain at the World Cup

Brazil and Spain are the two heavyweights expected to go head-to-head for World Cup honours this summer, but who will come out on top?

While both teams have enjoyed recent success, it is Spain who are the heavy favourites to seal back-to-back World Cup wins to add to their European Championship success in 2008 and 2012. But, on the other hand, you have Brazil, the most successful team in the competition, and looking to add to their five trophies in their home country.

It may seem unimportant to some that Brazil are vying to be world champions on their own turf, but it matters when you add that nobody from outside South America has won it on that continent. Combine that with the fact Brazil have been crowned world champions on more continents than any other side, and you wouldn’t bet against them going all the way this summer.

On the other hand, Spain are an ageing side. Despite being an all-star team of key players from Europe’s top leagues, they will find it difficult in Brazil this summer.

At Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, Spain had David Villa in his prime. At Euro 2012, La Roja managed to win the trophy without even playing a recognised striker, but it is a strategy they are unlikely to opt for again.

By their own high standards, Spain struggled for goals in qualifying, scoring just over half of what they achieved in their Euro 2012 campaign. They will now look at their striking options only to find a 32-year-old Villa, an injured Diego Costa, an out-of-form Alvaro Negredo, and Fernando Torres.

Meanwhile, Brazil look a young side that seem to have found their rhythm as a team. The South Americans are back to their best and will be aiming to add to their Confederations Cup victory over Spain by winning the World Cup for a record sixth time.

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