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On air: Will Spain be the team to set the World Cup alight?

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Ben James Ben James | 07:08 UK time, Wednesday, 16 June 2010

JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty ImagesLet's be honest - we haven't really had a vintage performance yet in this World Cup from what are supposedly the top teams around the world.

Brazil laboured, Italy ground out a point, England, er, fumbled, Argentina did just enough and the less said about France's and Portugal's bore-draws, the better!

Only Germany have given us anything close to convincing and fluent performance so far.

Spain are the current European champions and they're one of the final teams to begin their World Cup campaign today.

So can the likes of Xavi, Villa, Torres and Fabregas show us how the beautiful game is meant to be played in the match against Switzerland? This blogger, Desi Gunner, hopes so:

Some teams do try to do it the right way. Spain are obviously the best in that regard and while I hate the media manipulation by the management and players of Barcelona, their football deserves a great deal of credit. Hopefully, we will see an exhibition of pure football from the Spaniards against a Swiss team that is likely to shut up shop.

Why have the best teams stuttered so far? Is it the altitude, those vuvuzelas, or just desperation not to begin their campaigns with a defeat? Can Spain change things?


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