Spain 2014 World Cup Starting XI: Can La Roja Repeat as Champions?

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Spain 2014 World Cup Starting XI: Can La Roja Repeat as Champions?
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When will it end?

Spain are now the first team in history to repeat as European champions and are the first to win three major international tournaments in a row.

After dominating Italy in the final and breaking countless records along the way, one has to wonder how long Spain’s global dominance will last.

There are now some major questions that need to answered regarding the ability of manager Vicente del Bosque to replace some of Spain’s all-time greatest players as they near the end of their international careers.

Players like Xavi Hernandez, David Villa and Carles Puyol will probably not start in the next World Cup Given the amount of depth for La Roja, one or more of them may not even make the final squad.

Is there enough talent to replace these Spanish legends? Will those players be ready in two years?

What follows is a potential starting 11 for Spain’s World Cup team minus current players over the age of 30—for the most part.

After reviewing this list, decide for yourself what Spain’s chances are for repeating as World Champions and making a claim as the greatest team in the history of football.

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