Spain’s availability at 13/2 fourth-favourite in the 2014 World Cup outright betting has to be one of the most off-colour disses in the history of punting on the tournament.
Not only the host nation, 3/1 market leaders, but also 5/1 joint-seconds Argentina and Germany are afforded a greater chance than La Roja, with the fact that Joachim Low’s men are considered more likely to claim victory especially perplexing.
Spain-schooled managers have landed the Bundesliga and the Premier League this term.
Manuel Pellegrini strolled into the Etihad after the best part of a decade spent imbibing the nous-nurturing nectar of La Liga competition, while Pep Guardiola dynamited the Bundesliga with a tactical mixture that no team embody more completely than his own national side.
Spanish clubs made up four of 2013/14’s eight Champions League and Europa League finalists.
Sevilla have already continued the nation’s dominance of the Europa League, having defied Valencia in the semi-final, and an all-Espana Champions League decider is still to come.
Vicente del Bosque’s side have won the last three major tournaments they’ve entered.
They administered the coup de grace to the German effort at both Euro 2008 and the World Cup in 2010.
At Euro 2012 it was Italy who illustrated the susceptibility of Low’s men to any side organised enough not to wilt under the pressure of their attacks.
Germany conceded a goal a game in qualifying for the Brazil-based bonanza.
Such are the attacking riches available to the three-time World Cup winners, that the depths of their defensive shortcomings are seldom exposed against anything other than the finest of opposition – by then it’s too late.
Spain, on the other hand, shipped just three goals in their eight-game qualifying section for this tournament and won their second consecutive European Championships conceding just once in the process.
Die Mannschaft’s group games are all played in the host nation’s most humid north-eastern climes.
Fortaleza, Recife and Salvador boast the most inhospitable climates a European side will face in Brazil.
No less a meteorological authority than Diego Maradona has suggested that the prevailing conditions will greatly hamstring the German cause.