Spanish midfielder Xavi Hernandez has retired from international duty, BBC Sport reports.
The Barcelona man made the announcement at a press conference and spoke of the enjoyment he has had as a member of the most successful Spanish squad in history, and thanked his international colleagues.
“I'm grateful for all those years. It has been a fantastic time," said the 34-year-old Catalan. “I want to thank everyone involved in that tea...More
Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque feels he has a stable team ahead of Spain’s defence of the World Cup, according to Sky Sports. The Spaniards face the Netherlands in their opening game of the tournament – a repeat of the final they won four years ago.
The current squad selected by Del Bosque contains 16 of the 24 players who were victorious in extra time back in South Africa in 2010, where they beat the Netherlands 1-0 after extra ti...More
Former Spain midfielder Marcos Senna has tipped Chelsea bound Diego Costa to be player of the tournament in Brazil, The Daily Star reports.
Senna, who was a member of the Spain squad that won Euro 2008, believes that Costa won’t be overwhelmed by the pressure and can continue his outstanding club form which saw him score 36 goals in 52 games this season.
"He is a star, and I have been telling him that he will do as well for Spain as...More
Michael Laudrup believes Swansea forward Michu can cement his place in the Spain set-up and travel with the holders to the 2014 World Cup, Sky Sports has reported.
Michu made his debut for La Roja in last week’s World Cup qualifier against Belarus, having been added to the squad by Vicente Del Bosque when David Villa dropped out through injury. Michu started the match and played just under an hour of the 2-1 win, before being replace...More
Fernando Torres has responded to continued criticism of his form since joining Chelsea for £50m in 2011, saying ‘people will only remember my first year’, reports the Daily Star.
Despite scoring 22 goals in all competitions last season, Torres’ performances were still widely scrutinised as he was said to be lacking the quality that he showed in his three-and-a-half years at Liverpool. In the second half of last season, Demba Ba, sign...More
Reigning World and two times European champions Spain head to Paris facing the remarkable prospect that defeat to France could put their place in Brazil 2014 in jeopardy. The thought of Vicente Del Bosque’s men not being in South America in a year’s time to defend their title is unthinkable but after only taking eight points from their four games played so far, La Furia Roja head to the Stade de France knowing that defeat must be avoide...More
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