10 interesting stats ahead of Spain vs Netherlands

0 – Spain and Netherlands were two of seven European nations that went undefeated in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. Spain only dropped points in home draws against France and Finland, whilst the Netherlands rescued a late point in Estonia in the only game of ten they didn’t win.

3 – The defending champions have won only their first game in three of the last 10 World Cups (D4, L3). Italy entered South Africa with the trophy four years ago and were held 1-1 by Paraguay.

4 – Spain are looking to become the first nation to win four consecutive tournaments in Brazil. They were winners of Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

4 – Spain’s last four matches in World Cups have finished with a scoreline of 1-0.

5 – Spain could match Italy and Switzerland’s joint-record of five consecutive shut outs by keeping a clean sheet versus the Netherlands.

11 – Robin van Persie was the top scorer in European qualification with 11 goals.

12 – Spain have won 12 of their last 16 matches at World Cups, including 6 of 7 in South Africa four years ago.

16 – Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas is competing in his fourth World Cup. The Real Madrid backup has made 16 appearances in the three previous tournaments combined but cannot match Lothar Matthäus’ record 25 appearances (across 5 tournaments). If Spain reach the final four, Casillas would match Paolo Maldini in second place by participating in all 7 of his side’s matches.

28 – Spain are one of eight nations to have an average age over 28 in this tournament and are the eighth oldest squad competing in Brazil. Netherlands average age of 26 years 170 days ranks as the eighth youngest.

154 – Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas is the most-capped player participating at the 2014 World Cup.