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  • Spain pip Brazil as World Cup's most expensive squad 14-04-2014 11:32 PM

    Spain, Argentina and Brazil have the most expensive squads of the 32 teams taking part in the football World Cup starting June, according to the Brazilian financial daily Valor. A sports analysis consultancy has reported that the Spain's squad is worth an estimated 486.9 million euros ($674 million), ahead of...
  • India gain seven places in FIFA rankings 10-04-2014 03:54 PM

    New Delhi: Indian football team jumped seven places to 145th, the highest since August last, in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday. India gained six cumulative points (144 in total) over the past month to rise to 145th from 152nd, despite not playing any international match during the period....
  • Valdes itching to start recuperation after knee surgery 02-04-2014 09:32 PM

    Barcelona: Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes has had successful knee surgery in Germany and said he was itching to get home and start his recuperation. The 32-year-old will miss the end of this season, the World Cup finals in Brazil and the start of next term after he tore...
  • Rafael Nadal impatient for return to favoured clay courts 02-04-2014 08:13 PM

    Rafael Nadal is eager to get back to his favoured clay after what he called a "good but not fantastic" start to the year with two titles and two runners-up spots, the world number one said on Wednesday. Spaniard Nadal, 27, won on the hard courts in Doha at the...
  • Spain keeper Valdes to miss World Cup, out for seven months 31-03-2014 05:20 PM

    Barcelona: Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes will miss the World Cup after being ruled out of action for seven months following knee surgery. He had been in good form this season for Barcelona, who are in contention to win three trophies, before suffering a cruciate ligament injury making a routine save...
  • Koke can be Spain's playmaker for next decade, says Xavi 30-03-2014 11:03 PM

    Madrid: Spain and Barcelona playmaker Xavi has singled out Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke as his successor as the man at the heart of the world and European champions' possession-based playing style. Xavi, 34, is winding down his fabulously successful career for club and country and the 22-year-old Koke has emerged...
  • I can still make Spain World Cup squad, says Torres 20-03-2014 02:48 PM

    Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has not given up on making Spain's World Cup squad and will work hard to convince coach Vicente del Bosque he deserves a place with the defending champions in Brazil. Torres, who turns 30 on Thursday, faces stiff competition from the likes of Diego Costa, Alvaro...
  • Knee injury sidelines Arbeloa for 6-8 weeks 15-03-2014 09:07 AM

    Madrid: Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa will be sidelined for nearly two months by a knee injury, putting the Spain international's participation at the World Cup in jeopardy. Arbeloa said his right knee is worse than he thought "but if everything goes well, I'll be out from six-to-eight weeks." The...
  • Brazil fired by Neymar hat-trick as Spain, France, Germany win 06-03-2014 08:50 AM

    London: Neymar's hat-trick lit up a powerful Brazil performance as the 32 nations taking part in this year's World Cup tested out their squads on a busy night of friendlies on Wednesday which also brought victories for Spain, Germany and France. Barcelona forward Neymar was unstoppable for tournament hosts Brazil...
  • Champions Spain have comfortable draw for Euro 2016 23-02-2014 06:45 PM

    Nice, France: Two-time defending European champion Spain face a seemingly comfortable road to defend their title at Euro 2016 after being drawn in Group C along with Luxembourg, Macedonia, Belarus, Slovakia and Ukraine on Sunday. The Netherlands were drawn in a tougher-looking Group A and faces the Czech Republic, Turkey,...
  • Watch: Police officers shown 'Super-Sexy CPR' ad while being trained in first aid 20-02-2014 03:17 PM

    Senior police officers had to apologise after officers were shown a steamy lingerie ad featuring scantily-clad models during a session on first aid. Spanish cops were in to learn a few resuscitation techniques when they saw the clip of a hot blonde performing mouth-to-mouth on another model. The racy video,...
  • Brazil rise to ninth, Spain remain at top in FIFA rankings 14-02-2014 02:38 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil rose one spot to the ninth in FIFA'S February rankings. Switzerland gained the most ground in the top 10, rising two places to sixth while Portugal rose one spot to fourth, reports Xinhua. England had the steepest fall in the top 20, slipping two places to...
  • Spain's Princess Cristina testifies in historic fraud probe 10-02-2014 02:22 PM

    In a historic judicial hearing that could further impact the deteriorated image of Spain's monarchy, Princess Cristina testified on Saturday in a fraud and money laundering case in which she and her husband could eventually be charged. Judge Jose Castro will rule on whether Cristina, the first Spanish royal to...
  • Spanish princess questioned in corruption investigation 10-02-2014 10:26 AM

    Spain's Princess Cristina was questioned by a judge on Saturday in a corruption case that has deepened public anger over graft among the ruling class and discontent with the royal family. It was the first time that a Spanish royal has been summoned in a criminal proceeding since the monarchy...
  • Del Bosque not happy with conduct of Spain players 06-02-2014 10:16 PM

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is not pleased by the actions of some national team players during an ill-tempered Copa del Rey semi-final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Madrid beat Atletico 3-0 in the first-leg semi-final on Wednesday when Madrid players Alvaro Arbeloa and Sergio Ramos were among...
  • Nadal recovering well from back complaint, tests show 05-02-2014 10:48 AM

    Madrid: Rafael Nadal is recovering well from the back problem that wrecked his Australian Open final last month and plans to start training again on Thursday in his native Mallorca, his team said on Tuesday. World number one Nadal lost to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the Melbourne final, preventing the...
  • Man says he ate fish, birds and turtles as he drifted for 13 months across the Pacific Ocean 04-02-2014 11:50 AM

    Wellington: It's a story that almost defies belief: A man leaves Mexico in December 2012 for a day of shark fishing and ends up surviving 13 months on fish, birds and turtles before washing ashore on the remote Marshall Islands thousands of miles (kilometers) away. But that's what a man...
  • Czech Republic, Germany, France reach Davis Cup quarters 02-02-2014 08:53 PM

    Ostrava, Czech Republic: Defending champion Czech Republic reached the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup on Sunday after Tomas Berdych won the first reverse singles to clinch the first-round tie 3-1. Berdych, an Australian Open semifinalist, dispatched Thiemo de Bakker 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 on an indoor hard court at CEZ Arena....
  • Former Spain's Euro 2008 winning coach Aragones dies at 75 01-02-2014 03:36 PM

    Madrid: Luis Aragones, who managed Spain to glory at Euro 2008 and sparked the country's recent golden era in international soccer, died on Saturday, the country's football association said. The 75-year-old passed away at 6.15am in the Centro de Madrid clinic in the Spanish capital, said the RFEF, who expressed...
  • Mata's World Cup hopes revived by United move 27-01-2014 08:24 PM

    Manchester: Juan Mata says his move to Manchester United has revived his hopes of being selected by defending champion Spain for the World Cup in Brazil. With Spain blessed with so many excellent playmakers, Mata was in real danger of missing out on this year's tournament in Brazil after being...
  • Spain to visit Germany in Davis Cup without Rafael Nadal 21-01-2014 10:56 PM

    Madrid: Carlos Moya has named a four-man squad that doesn't include heavyweights Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer or Nicolas Almagro against Germany for his captain's debut in Davis Cup next week. With Nadal and Ferrer focusing on the ATP season and Almagro injured, Moya has called on veterans Fernando Verdasco and...
  • Spain No. 1 in unchanged top 25 in FIFA rankings 16-01-2014 03:50 PM

    Zurich: World and European champion Spain remain No. 1 in an unchanged top 25 in the FIFA world rankings after a month in which only 18 international friendlies were played. Egypt made the biggest move, rising 10 places to No. 31 as older results dropped in value in the four-year...
  • Former Spain, Liverpool midfielder Luis Garcia retires 14-01-2014 09:21 PM

    Madrid: Former Spain midfielder Luis Garcia, who helped guide Liverpool to a memorable Champions League triumph, has retired from football at age 35. Garcia, who earned 20 caps with Spain, had been playing in Mexico before making the announcement on his website on Tuesday. Garcia paid thanks to former Liverpool...
  • Spanish court summons Princess Cristina for tax fraud 07-01-2014 04:19 PM

    A Spanish court has subpoenaed Princess Cristina, the daughter of Spain's King Juan Carlos, as a suspect in an investigation of alleged tax fraud and money laundering, the latest blow to the royal family's reputation. Palma de Mallorca court judge Jose Castro on Tuesday ordered the 48-year-old princess to appear...
  • Spain coach del Bosque eyes another World Cup triumph 02-01-2014 12:55 PM

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has a New Year`s wish to see his country retain the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. "There are very good teams and very good players who will be complicated rivals. The small advantage that Spain has is that we are a team beyond the...
  • Humility crucial for Spanish champions, says Del Bosque 31-12-2013 02:07 PM

    Vicente del Bosque's principle concern going into next year's World Cup finals is that his players might have lost the humility that underpinned recent success, the Spain coach was quoted as saying on Tuesday. Del Bosque led Spain to their first World Cup triumph in South Africa in 2010 and...
  • Spain year-end No.1 in FIFA rankings for 6th straight year 19-12-2013 06:11 PM

    Zurich: Spain are at the top of the year-end FIFA rankings for the sixth straight year. The 2010 World Cup champions lead Germany, Argentina and Colombia at the front of an unchanged top 10. The United States remain the best-placed CONCACAF team at No. 15. FIFA says No. 18 Ukraine...
  • 2014 football World Cup draw: Defending champions Spain get repeat of 2010 final 06-12-2013 11:11 PM

    Costa Do Sauipe, Brazil: Defending champions Spain will play their opening 2014 World Cup game against the Netherlands, a repeat of the ill-tempered 2010 final, while host Brazil face a relatively easy path to the knockout stage after Friday's draw. Argentina, champion in 1978 and 1986, first play Bosnia-Herzegovina, the...
  • Fast attack may lead us to victory against France: Spain hockey coach 05-12-2013 07:50 PM

    New Delhi: Spain coach Xavi Arnau on Thursday said a strong defence and fast attack may lead them to victory against France in the Hockey Junior World Cup which kicks off at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Friday. "With just a few hours left for the matches to...
  • Brazil World Cup will be toughest ever: Del Bosque 01-12-2013 03:05 PM

    Madrid: Spain's football coach Vicente del Bosque has warned his players that next summer they will have a tough time defending the crown they won in South Africa as the 2014 Brazil World Cup will be the "most difficult World Cup ever." Speaking at an event in his home town...