No European side have won the World Cup outside of their own continent, but there are many football followers who believe that Spain could do just that this summer.
La Furia Roja have been a force on the international stage for over six years. After winning the European Championship in 2008, they went on to clinch the World Cup two years later in South Africa for the first time in history.
Then in 2012, under Vicente del Bosque, Spain conquered Europe once again, hammering Italy 4-0 in the final to win Euro 2012. And now in Brazil, they will be keen on retaining their World Cup trophy.
But they won’t, according to Manchester United first-team coach Phil Neville, who says that he does not “fancy” their chances. The 37-year-old made the comment on social networking site Twitter.
Neville’s dismissal of Spain does appear strange, especially given how much quality and depth they have. True, there may be concerns up front – Fernando Torres has had yet another disappointing season, David Villa is 32 years of age and Diego Costa has just recovered from injury – but in midfield La Roja have some of the world’s best players who can score goals.
Santi Cazorla, David Silva, Juan Mata, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Xabi Alonso... The list goes on. Spain are strong defensively too, and they are one of the favourites for the tournament.
Perhaps, the fact that no team from Europe have won it on a different continent is playing on Neville’s mind. The former United and Everton midfielder believes that either Argentina or Brazil will win the World Cup.
What about England? According to Neville, the Three Lions will reach the quarter-finals and then head back home.