Brazil vs. Spain headlines quarterfinals

By Stephen Wade

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Aug. 12 2011 11:25 a.m. MDT

Spain's players Sergio Canales, center, Koke, right, and an unidentified teammate joke during a training session in Pereira, Colombia, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. Spain will face Brazil in U-20 World Cup quarterfinal soccer match on Aug. 14.

Dolores Ochoa, Associated Press

BOGOTA, Colombia — One quarterfinal matchup in the Under-20 World Cup is overshadowing the rest: Brazil vs. Spain.

This does not do justice to the other quarterfinals, with Nigeria — perhaps the best team so far — against France, host country Colombia against Mexico and six-time champion Argentina facing Portugal.

Brazil and Spain have the name recognition inherited from their senior teams. Brazil has won the senior World Cup five times — more than anyone else — and Spain is the defending champion. Spain's quick passing style and possession game are being copied by the U-20 team led by Sergio Canales and Alvaro Vazquez.

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