Perhaps no team has quite so much riding on the impending World Cup finals than the defending champions, Spain.
Following three consecutive major triumphs that began with the capture of the 2008 European Championship, La Roja could ascend to the pinnacle of football’s pantheon and be recognised as the greatest generation in the game’s history with World Cup glory in Brazil.
While much of this team’s legacy is already assured, a fourth major title in six years would see Vicente del Bosque’s side transcend the reputations of even the finest Brazilian outfits, including the famed Canarinho team of 1970.
The task facing Spain is, of course, immensely challenging. No European team has ever won a World Cup staged in Latin America. Additionally, a nation hasn’t defended its crown since Brazil did so in 1962.
So, ahead of Spain’s possibly monumental campaign in Brazil, we’ve provided you with a comprehensive guide to Del Bosque’s team across the following slides.