Netherlands' midfielder Wesley Sneijder (L) on March 5, 2014 in Paris and Spain's midfielder Xavi on October 15, 2013 in Albacete. (AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE - JOSE JORDAN)
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Spain will be lifted by a reminder of the glory of four years ago as the defense of their World Cup crown begins against 2010 finalists the Netherlands in Salvador on Friday in a standout Group B opener.Spain, also 2008 and 2012 European Championship winners, arrive in Brazil with 16 players retained from the squad that triumphed in South Africa, the most returned at the following World Cup by any world champion, with many still bearing the scars of a bruising encounter with the Dutch in 2010 .Costa will lead an otherwise familiar line-up in Salvador with defenders Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, and Jordi Alba in front of goalkeeper Iker Casillas, and the dynamic midfield of Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Silva, Xavi and Iniesta helping Costa unlock a Dutch side set-up to counter.
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