10 a.m. EDT, June 16th. (Group G)
The moment has arrived. South Africa and the fans of the world have been patient. Finally, the beginning of a potential championship run is here. The only question is which Spain squad will show up. Will it be the high-octane squad that captured the 2008 Euro Championship or the Spain that has underwhelmed fans for decades.
No matter which shows up, we know the team is stacked with talented athletes. Torres, Xavi, and Villa are only a few names that will grace the field tomorrow.
Since Euro 2008, Spain has been nearly unbeatable. They have only lost once in the last 49 games, which included a perfect 10-0-0 qualifying record. Their only loss came at the hands of United States in last year's Confederations Cup.
Poor Switzerland. But don't think they are pushovers. After making it to the knock-out round in the 2006 World Cup, Switzerland has fluttered since. A disappointing showing in Euro 2008,which they hosted, and an anemic offense in qualifying, leaves Switzerland as the absolute underdog. A key injury to all-time score leader Alexander Frei (ankle) leaves Switzerland with real problems.
Spain - Xavi: The leader of the midfield and a key to Spain's championship run. Spain's offense runs through Xavi. Besides his skilled passing is his ability to score when he needs to. He will make Torres and Villa look good when he has room and time to work.
Switzerland - Their defense: With top scorer out of the line up, the already sluggish offense will need a miracle to score. It is up to the tough defense to keep the high-powered Spanish offense at bay.
Switzerland would be lucky with a draw. What is going to happen is a beat down, much like the one delivered by Germany. 2-0 is the reality Switzerland is facing unless their defense shows up and Spain's offense does'nt. A win brings Spain one game closer to the trophy. A loss would mean major problems.