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WC2014: #DavidVillaWatch

  • WC2014: #DavidVillaWatch

A few weeks ago, I lamented that Melbourne Heart would have no connection to this year's World Cup in Brazil following Curtis Good's injury.

But than a bunch of stuff happened last week, and apparently some pretty well-known Spanish guy will be playing in Melbourne for at least part of next season.

Seriously though, in honour of David Villa's looming stint with Melbourne City, Red White Lights is officially on #DavidVillaWatch at the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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Villa is probably on the fringe of Spain's first XI, although with Diego Costa struggling with injury, the Melbourne City recruit figures to play at least some part in the tournament. He certainly did his cause no harm in Spain's final warm-up game against El Salvador, netting both goals (see the goals in the link) in the unconvincing 2-0 win after coming on as a half-time substitute. Those goals yielded Twitter updates like this

blog post on ESPN FC highlighted Villa's importance to the national team, with writer Jason Davis saying the striker "showed a sharpness and dedication to runs off the ball that served Spain well as they shifted back into their customary style of quick passes". Davis ended by saying Villa "still looks like a player capable of making a difference", no matter his role in the squad.

Having triumphed in South Africa four years ago, Spain is going for back-to-back World Cup wins, and RWL will be there to document Villa's role in the team's title defence.

For now, get behind RWL's hashtag - #DavidVillaWatch

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