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Archives: Spanish national team

Barcelona midfielder Xavi to join Qatari club Al Sadd this summer, say reports

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez is poised to sign a three-year contract with the Qatar club Al Sadd, according to numerous reports in Spain. The 35-year-old is set to receive a salary of £7.4 million a season. Xavi will also study for … Continue reading

NYCFC striker David Villa holding out hope for future Spain call up

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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New York City FC striker David Villa is still hopeful of being called up to the Spanish national team, despite not being included in Vicente del Bosque’s squad for Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Ukraine and their friendly in the … Continue reading

Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas is the best goalkeeper in the world, says Gerard Pique

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes Iker Casillas is the standard at Real Madrid and has been the best goalkeeper in the world for many years. Pique is currently with the Spanish national team at Las Rozas as they prepare for their … Continue reading

Diego Costa removed from Spain squad due to hamstring injury

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have issued a statement confirming striker Diego Costa has left the national team squad due to injury. The Chelsea player was assessed by the RFEF’s medical staff and it was determined the striker has suffered a … Continue reading

Santi Cazorla Says Current Spain Squad Should Not Be Compared With The Previous

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has been included in Vicente del Bosque’s 26-man Spanish national team squad for the country’s upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus on Saturday and its friendly versus the defending World Cup champions Germany next Tuesday. The 29-year-old … Continue reading

Xabi Alonso Announces Retirement From International Competition

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has confirmed his retirement from international competition via an open letter, as well as his official Twitter account. The announcement signals the end of an eleven-year career with the Spanish national team. He becomes the second … Continue reading

Why Tiki-Taka Isn’t Dead; It’s Just Sleeping

Posted on by James Ferrier
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“Tika-Taka is dead.” The phrase was used a lot during the Spaniard’s World Cup campaign. Finishing third in the group, conceding seven and scoring just four left people mourning the style of play called tiki-taka. The style of play is … Continue reading

An Age of Extremes – Tiki-Taka and Counter-Attacking Soccer

Posted on by Rayyan Dabbous
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Let’s face it, we live in an age of extremes – and it’s not only due to our unseasonal, severe weather. As soccer continues to evolve in a bizarre, exponential way, seeing that 18 year olds can be sold for … Continue reading

World Cup 2014: A New Era of Change for Spain

Posted on by Ben Rosener
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Spain encountered a tough group at the 2014 World Cup, that’s the preface I’m going with. Yes, Spain had a tough group, and it isn’t too shocking that they were eliminated from a group with Chile and the Netherlands. Losing … Continue reading

Roy Hodgson and Vicente Del Bosque Won’t Be Sacked, Say FAs

Posted on by Caitlin O'Connell
Roy Hodgson: Frustrating draw with Honduras won't change England's World Cup plans - video

Despite elimination from the 2014 World Cup,  The English FA are still fully supportive of manager Roy Hodgson. Hodgson’s contract extends until 2016, and with qualifiers for the 2016 European Championship around the corner, the FA has no desire to change … Continue reading

Reaction From Chile And Spain Newspapers to Chile 2-0 Spain [PHOTOS]

Posted on by Aram Gyan
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George Harrison sang that “All Things Must Pass” and so it was for Spain’s reign.  Spanish tears met Chilean cheers. Let’s take a look at how both nations’ newspapers reacted to the match. Catalonia’s Mundo Deportivo (see above front cover) narrowly … Continue reading

WATCH How Chile’s Tactics Prevented Spain From Winning World Cup Game [VIDEO]

Posted on by Earl Reed
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Before the World Cup began, Spain had an 89% probability of advancing from Group B, while Chile had a 40% chance. Against Spain, Chile beat the odds with a fantastic first half performance in front of tens of thousands of … Continue reading

WATCH Chile 2-0 Spain Match Highlights: Chile Knock World Champions Out Of World Cup [VIDEO]

Posted on by Alex Muller
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Chile convincingly defeated a tired and mistake-prone Spain 2-0 today, to knock the defending World champion out of the World Cup. With the victory, Chile has now qualified for the Knockout Round along with the Netherlands. The two teams will … Continue reading

Spain vs Chile: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

Posted on by Chirag Madhrani
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Today’s second clash brings Group B’s Spain and Chile together, with both the teams chasing their individual respective targets – Where to watch? For viewers in the United States, here’s where you can watch the game between Spain and Chile … Continue reading

Spain vs Chile Preview and Predicted Lineups for World Cup Clash

Posted on by Hussein Jiva
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The clash between Spain and Chile at the iconic Maracana stadium is an example of two teams at opposite ends of the spectrum. The former are smarting from a 5-1 demolishing at the hands of Netherlands, while the latter will … Continue reading

The End Of A Dynasty: Is This The End of Spain’s Reign?

Posted on by Abe Asher
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The end of a dynasty is never quick and painless. It’s a long and sad process. Heroes are riddled with blame and great men are discarded. Everyone watches as the walls come tumbling down. That was Spain against the Netherlands … Continue reading

Spain Has a Decision to Make About Iker Casillas

Posted on by Nicholas Kariuki
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Following Spain’s 1-5 defeat to a marauding a Netherlands side on Friday, team captain and most-capped player Iker Casillas took responsibility for his team’s terrible start to their title defense. “The first thing I have to do is offer a … Continue reading

Spain vs Netherlands, World Cup Group Stage: Open Thread

Posted on by Alex Muller
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Spain kicks off its match with Netherlands at 3pm ET today in a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Final. Can Spain, the current champions, begin the tournament with three points or will the Oranje surprise the Spaniards? Where to … Continue reading