Posted June 10, 2013 on AP on Fox
Spain can complete its trophy case with an elusive Confederations Cup title when it heads to Brazil next month. Since winning the first of two European championships in 2008, followed by the last World Cup, a Spain team led by the Barcelona midfield pair of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta has only slipped once when it truly mattered. That stunning 2-0 loss to the United States deprived it of a chance to face eventual champion Brazil in the 2009 Confederations Cup final in South Africa, even if Spain did return a year later to become world champions in Johannesburg. Spain coach Vicente del Bosque's focus is on repeating that winning formula in 2014 when Brazil hosts football's most honored competition. ''We will look to have a good performance at the Confederations Cup, but, above all, set an example to follow off the field,'' Del Bosque said. While Spain's players and staff become acclimated to the long travel, local culture and new venues for the ...

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