This summer sees Spain go to the World Cup hoping to retain their title as the best team in international football, but it seems they are not going in as favourites. Despite their recent dominance on the international stage their performance at last summer's Confederations Cup has many believing Brazil are in fact the team to beat on home soil.
And one man who could have played for either team this summer is Diego Costa. The Atletico Madrid striker, who is reportedly destined to join Chelsea in a £32 million deal this summer, was born and raised in Brazil but moved to Spain for footballing reasons at a young age.
But the Chelsea bound attacker, who has scored an impressive 36 goals this season. is happy to be heading out with Los Rojos telling Marca that he was 'buzzing' to be on his way.
However the real news at the moment regarding Costa is his hamstring problem. He picked up the issue on the final game of the La Liga season but was rushed back into action a week later in the Champions League final - he lasted eight minutes!
But he claims his recovery is going well, and that the world better be ready for his presence this summer:
"I'm doing great. I've been working with the physios and fitness coaches over the last few days and I feel really good. From tomorrow [Sunday] I'll start working with the rest of the team under Vicente del Bosque's orders. I'm hoping to get a run-out in next week's game against El Salvador in Washington."
Sounds like The Beast is all set to feature this summer after all. Chelsea fans will hope he stays fit for what could be an excellent debut season.
If he signs that is.