WORLD CUP 2014: Group B confirmed runners, riders & predictions

In our analysis of some of the biggest competing countries in this summers world cup, we have focused mainly on those in the top 10 of the current FIFA World rankings. However as we are now less than 24 hours away from the start of the biggest tournament in world football, treat this as your full list and reference point for the 23 man squads for every single country playing in this summers competition. Alongside the squad listing, @93elby will also be posting his star man, his hot prospect, his dark horse and where he thinks each team will finish this summer.

Next we move on to Group B.

GROUP B SQUADS IN FULL

Spain:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Napoli), David De Gea (Manchester United).

Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Juanfran (Atlético Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona).

Midfielders: Xavi (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich).

Forwards: David Silva (Manchester City), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Pedro (Barcelona), Juan Mata (Manchester United), David Villa (Atletico Madrid).

STAR MAN: Andres Iniesta
The 2010 world cup winning goalscorer. A world class performer who like many of his compatriots repeatedly perform at the highest level internationally.

HOT PROSPECT: Koke
After a successful season for the current Liga BBVA champions Atletico Madrid, Koke has got several of the european elite sniffing round for his signature. If he can replicate his league form, he will be an incredibly attractive option to bring on from the bench.

DARK HORSE: Cesc Fabregas
Diego Costa will more than likely will work as the spearhead for Costa’s attack but Fabregas, fully operational in a false 9 or a central midfield role, will perform to a world class level in both roles. Definitely the Spanish dark horse.

WHERE WILL THEY FINISH IN GROUP B? 1st place

Chile:

Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Real Sociedad), Johnny Herrera (Universidad de Chile), Cristopher Toselli (Universidad Católica).

Defenders: Gary Medel (Cardiff City), Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest), José Rojas (Universidad de Chile), Eugenio Mena (Santos), Mauricio Isla (Juventus).

Midfielders: Jorge Valdivia (Palmeiras), Felipe Gutiérrez (Twente), Jose Pedro Fuenzalida (Colo Colo), Francisco Silva (Osasuna), Arturo Vidal (Juventus), Charles Aranguiz (Internacional), Marcelo Díaz (Basel), Carlos Carmona (Atalanta), Miiko Albornoz (Malmo).

Forwards: Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona), Esteban Paredes (Colo Colo) Eduardo Vargas (Valencia), Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic), Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari), Fabian Orellana (Celta).

STAR MAN: Arturo Vidal
A constant threat for both club and country. Integral part of the Serie A winning Juventus side, Vidal not only keeps things tight in the midfield but provides fantastic support for the prolific Alexis Sanchez.

HOT PROSPECT: Jorge Valdivia
Still relatively young in terms of international football at 24 years of age, Valdivia is often overlooked as Chile’s most influential player and for me, is a hot prospect for the future of Chilean football.

DARK HORSE: Claudio Bravo
One of the best performing goalkeepers in Liga BBVA this season and as their attacking players take all the credit, Bravo will be the dark horse of the side keeping them in several games with vital saves.

WHERE WILL THEY FINISH IN GROUP B? 2nd place

Netherlands:

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Tim Krul (Newcastle), Michel Vorm (Swansea)

Defenders: Daley Blind, Joel Veltman (both Ajax), Stefan de Vrij, Daryl Janmaat, Terence Kongolo, Bruno Martins Indi, (all Feyenoord), Paul Verhaegh (FC Augsburg), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa).

Midfielders: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Leroy Fer (Norwich), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven).

Forwards: Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahçe), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

STAR MAN: Robin Van Persie
Although often blighted by injury, Van Persie at the top of his game can make a goal out of nothing. With the right support from the likes of Robben and Sneijder, Van Persie will shine this summer (if he can remain at full fitness)

HOT PROSPECT: Memphis Depay
The pacey PSV winger offers a youthful mix of the qualities that older players such as Robben and Jeremain Lens have with an exuberance and blistering speed going forward.

DARK HORSE: Bruno Martins Indi
The young Feyenoord centre back can lead from the back and does so week in week out for Feyenoord. If his performances match up to his leadership qualities, he will make it hard for both Spain and Chile to get any kind of result against the Dutch.

WHERE WILL THEY FINISH IN GROUP B? 3rd place

Australia:

Goalkeepers: Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United), Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund), Mat Ryan (Club Brugge).

Defenders: Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo), Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar), Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng Taishan), Matthew Spiranovic (Western Sydney Wanderers), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai), Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

Midfielders: Oliver Bozanic (Luzern), Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa), James Holland (Austria Vienna), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace), Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town), Matthew McKay (Brisbane Roar), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Tommy Oar (Utrecht), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory), Dario Vidosic (Sion).

Forwards: Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Ben Halloran (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Matthew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt 1899), Adam Taggart (Newcastle Jets).

STAR MAN: Tim Cahill
The former Everton man and Australia poster boy is still their star man. Tim Cahill will be hoping that this summer’s competition will be his swansong and any kind of result against fellow Group B members will be considered a success.

HOT PROSPECT: Matthew Leckie
Now applying his trade in Germany, Leckie may be a useful option for Australia as the influence of an ageing Tim Cahill may be somewhat limited this summer.

DARK HORSE: Mile Jedinak
Mr.Consistent for Crystal Palace and could arguably be the same for Australia. Playing week in week out against some of Europe’s top players in the Premier League, Jedinak could shine for Australia in the middle of the park.

WHERE WILL THEY FINISH IN GROUP B? 4th place

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