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Archives: Spanish national team

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Posted on by Jacquelyn Brazzale
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Today is the last of the Group stages for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, so we will see who will advance and get an idea of what third place teams will make it through to the Round of 16. There’s … Continue reading

Spain did not win the World Cup; Catalonia did, says Eric Cantona

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona has courted controversy by suggesting that Spain’s 2010 World Cup victory was a product of the influence of Barcelona players on the team. The legendary French footballer was speaking ahead of the Laureus Sports Awards, which … Continue reading

Barcelona forward Pedro admits to frustration, as talk of transfer increases

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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Barcelona forward Pedro says talk of him leaving the Catalan club is “logical” and admitted to frustration with a lack of playing time under manager Luis Enrique. Pedro’s first-team action has been significantly reduced due to Barcelona’s attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis … Continue reading

Koke is the key to Spain and Atletico Madrid’s future

Posted on by Dan Adu-Gyamfi
Atletico Madrid's Koke celebrates after scoring a goal against Malaga during their Spanish First Division soccer match in Malaga

Similar to Dunga attempting to rebuild Brazil’s national side, Vicente Del Bosque has the same responsibility of constructing the future of Spanish soccer. With legends like Xavi and Xabi Alonso retiring from international duty and Andres Iniesta’s quality fading away, … Continue reading

David de Gea says playing in England has changed him for the better

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea says playing in England has changed him for the better. De Gea is preparing to start for Spain today against the Netherlands in a rematch of Holland’s 5-1 victory over Spain during last summer’s World … Continue reading

Barcelona’s Jordi Alba ruled out for 10 days after suffering hamstring injury

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has been ruled out for ten days after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty for Spain. The injury took place during the Euro 2016 Qualifier between Spain and Ukraine on Friday – which Spain won by … Continue reading

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke believes playing for Diego Simeone is a way of life

Posted on by Peter Quinn
Atletico Madrid's Jorge "Koke" Resurrecion celebrates his goal against Real Madrid during their Spanish first division soccer match in Madrid

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke believes playing for manager Diego Simeone is a way of life. The product of Atletico’s youth system has been with the club since he was eight years old. Now, at 23, he is a Spain international and … Continue reading

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