File - Netherlands' Nigel de Jong, left, fouls Spain's Xabi Alonso during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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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 Friday in the Group B opener.Much has been made of the addition of Costa, who hails from Lagarto in the north east of Brazil and whose family will travel the 350 kilometers to Salvador to see him take on the Dutch.Costa will lead an otherwise familiar lineup 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 setup to counter.
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