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Spain and Germany will be tough to beat in Brazil
Spain and Germany will be tough to beat in Brazil

With a win in this summer's World Cup, Spain would cement its legacy as the best soccer team in a generation — if not one of the best ever. Germany, on the other hand, goes to Brazil riding an 18-year title drought in major competitions, needing a trophy to rescue what has been an otherwise lost generation. Spain, a team whose core has played together for nearly a decade, is ranked No. 1 in the world. Germany, a team that had much of its core in high school a decade ago, is ranked No. 2 in the world. And if Pele is half as good at predicting soccer matches as he was at playing in them, there's a good chance Spain and Germany will settle their differences in the World Cup final July...

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