This, of course, is a re-run of the 2010 World Cup final, when Holland’s tactics were dubious but could not prevent Spain from winning, in extra-time, thanks to a goal from Andreas Iniesta.
Diego Costa, set to sign for Chelsea, claims he has fully recovered from the hamstring injury that dogged him in the final weeks of the season and could get the nod over David Villa.
Manchester United fans will take particular interest in Holland’s campaign given that coach Luis van Gaal’s next job after Brazil is to turn fortunes around at Old Trafford.
Revenge will be in the air, with an Italian, Nicola Rizzoli, given the task of keeping the peace.
Spain are bidding for a fourth straight major success, so an opening win could prove vital in what is one of the tougher groups.
Stat of the game: Wesley Sneijder will mark a major milestone when he wins his 100th international cap for Holland in Salvador.
Spain (Possible, 4-2-1-3): Cassilas; Azpilicueta, Ramos, Pique, Alba; Alonso, Busquets; Xavi; Costa, Fabregas, Iniesta.
Holland (Possible, 5-2-1-2): Vorm; Jaanmat, De Vrij, Vlaar, Martins Indi, Blind; Claise, De Guzman; Sneider; Robben, Van Persie.
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy).