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  • Vicente Del Bosque goes with youth after World Cup fiasco 3 days ago

    Madrid: Vicente del Bosque unveiled a rejuvenated Spain squad on Friday after the debacle at this summer's World Cup and the retirement of three key players from the team's most successful era. While stalwarts Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso and David Villa retired from international competition after Spain flopped in their world...
  • Xabi Alonso retires from international football 5 days ago

    Madrid: Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, one of the key figures in Spain's dominant era that included two European championships and a World Cup title, said he is retiring from international football. The 32-year-old Alonso announced the decision on Twitter on Wednesday, saying it had been "an enormous honor" to play...
  • Rafael Nadal to decide this week on fitness to defend US Open August 13, 2014

    Rafa Nadal will decide by the end of this week whether he is fit enough to defend his US Open title after suffering a right wrist injury that ruled him out of two tune-up events, the Spaniard's spokesman said on Tuesday. "He went for a check (up) today in Barcelona and...
  • India wins against Moldova in Chess Olympiad August 9, 2014

    Chennai: In a day of mixed results, the Indian open team on Friday defeated Moldova 3.5-0.5 while the women's team split the points equally against Spain 2-2 at the World Chess Olympiad being held in Norway. The Indian open team rested Grandmaster S.P. Sethuraman who has been playing well till now....
  • Xavi Hernandez retires from Spanish national team August 5, 2014

    Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez says he will not play again for the Spanish national team after a disappointing World Cup. The 34-year-old Xavi says "I have taken the decision to leave the selection. I think my time has ended." Xavi was Spain's key playmaker in their unprecedented run of winning the World...
  • Serigo Garcia ties course record 61 for WGC lead in Akron August 2, 2014

    Spaniard Sergio Garcia birdied the final seven holes to match the course record and storm to a three-stroke lead after the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio on Friday. The British Open runner-up put on a clinic on the greens, one-putting the final 11 holes for an astonishing...
  • Vicente del Bosque planning to stay on as Spain coach July 18, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says he plans to lead the team into Euro 2016 and has the backing of the national federation despite their shock early exit at the World Cup last month. Del Bosque broke his silence over his future on Thursday by saying he intends to stay at...
  • FIFA rankings: Germany No.1 after World Cup triumph July 17, 2014

    Zurich: Germany have climbed to the top of the FIFA rankings after winning the World Cup for the first time in 24 years. The four-time champions, who beat Argentina 1-0 at the Maracana on Sunday, have replaced Spain in first place as well as succeeding them as world champions. Argentina and the...
  • World Cup 2014: The five highs and lows July 14, 2014

    Rio De Janeiro: Marcelo looked wide-eyed, stunned when he scored the first goal of the World Cup ... against his own team. Hardly the most auspicious of starts for Brazil. But that blooper just 11 minutes into the tournament was soon forgiven and forgotten as Brazil went on to win...
  • World Cup 2014: Germany take 'Tiki-Taka' to another level July 10, 2014

    Porto Seguro: Germany have taken the "tiki-taka" passing game so intrinsically used by Spain to another level at the World Cup in Brazil, by adding ruthless efficiency to the possession philosophy. Germany are one win from capturing their World Cup fourth title following the astonishing 7-1 demolition of host Brazil in...
  • World Cup 2014: David Villa marks final Spain cap with a goal June 23, 2014

    David Villa marked his final appearance for Spain much like most of his previous ones - with a goal. Villa opened the scoring at the Arena da Baixada stadium on Monday with his record 59th goal as the defending World Cup champions beat Australia 3-0 to avoid finishing last in Group...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain sign off in style with a 3-0 win over Australia June 24, 2014

    Curitiba: Defending champion Spain salvaged some World Cup pride on Monday with a convincing 3-0 victory over Australia in their last match at the tournament. After losing their previous matches in Group B to the Netherlands and Chile, both teams took to Arena da Baixada in the southern Brazilian city of...
  • As it happened: Netherlands vs Chile and Australia vs Spain, World Cup 2014 June 24, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from both the Group B matches as the Dutch and Chile battle for top spot and Spain look to avoid worst ever WC defence. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) The Netherlands and Chile may have already qualified for the World Cup's round of 16, but...
  • World Cup 2014: Countdown starts for second round June 23, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Monday signals the start of four days of make-or-break matches at the World Cup, with teams either advancing to the second round or booking their flights home. Four games will be played every day, with each group playing its last two games simultaneously. All 32 teams are in...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain look to avoid worst ever World Cup defence June 23, 2014

    Spain will take on Australia in their final Group B match on Monday in the knowledge that defeat will officially make their defence of the World Cup the worst in history. Following two straight defeats for both teams, neither can qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup. But Spain in...
  • World Cup 2014: Xabi Alonso quits international football, says report June 21, 2014

    Madrid: Sports daily Marca has reported that Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso has retired from international football after Spain's elimination from the FIFA World Cup. Marca says the 32-year-old planned this move for some time and the decision was not a "knee-jerk reaction to the event in Brazil. Far from it, he...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain squad trying to stay upbeat despite elimination June 20, 2014

    Brazil: Spain's World Cup squad is trying to stay upbeat in their last days in Brazil after reports that players were upset with Xabi Alonso for his unrepentant critique of the 2010 world champions. Alonso said Spain lacked hunger and commitment to win following defeats to the Netherlands and Chile, and...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain football federation backs Del Bosque despite debacle June 20, 2014

    The Spanish Football Federation says it wants national coach Vicente del Bosque to remain in charge despite the titleholders' stunning elimination from the World Cup after just two matches. Federation director Jorge Perez tells Cope Radio "if he wants to go, we'll persuade him to stay. He is the ideal man...
  • Nicolas Almagro pulls out of Wimbledon June 19, 2014

    LONDON: Nicolas Almagro of Spain has withdrawn from Wimbledon because of a foot injury. The withdrawal of the 25th-seeded clay-court specialist means Vasek Pospisil of Canada has been promoted to the No. 31 seed and Russia's Dmitry Tursunov elevated into the seedings at 32. Wimbledon organizers take players' grass-court records into account...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain's Ramos asks fans for forgiveness June 19, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Spain defender Sergio Ramos asked the Spanish fans for forgiveness following his side's elimination from the FIFA World Cup after the defending champions lost 0-2 to Chile in a Group B match at the Maracana Stadium here on Wednesday. "We apologise to all the Spaniards who in these...
  • World Cup 2014: Losses bitter pill to swallow, says Andres Iniesta June 19, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta was annoyed after his team's second consecutive loss that got them eliminated from the FIFA World Cup. Title holders Spain suffered a 1-5 thrashing by Netherlands in the opening game of Group B and got eliminated in their second match by Chile, who defeated...
  • World Cup 2014: Adios Espana, the end of a golden generation June 19, 2014

    Every generation has a life span. The mood at the Maracana after the holding champions were knocked out of the World Cup by a red hot Chile was like a funeral. An entire generation had died, it seemed. Fans were in mourning. But football systems don't die. Players come and go, and systems...
  • The Beautiful Game: Chile overpower Spain 2-0 in Group B June 19, 2014

    Chile raced away into the next round, handing Spain the inglorious milestone of becoming the first-ever defending champions to be knocked out of a World Cup after just 2 matches. ...
  • World Cup 2014: 'Consequences' for Spain after exit, says Del Bosque June 19, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said there would be "consequences", including potentially for himself, after the holders' shock elimination from the World Cup on Wednesday, but that he needed time to reflect. "Whenever something negative happens in a World Cup or an important competition like this, it has...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain's reign not merely on the wane, it's over June 19, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: And so it was official. The reign of Spain was not merely on the wane - it was over. But this was no hard luck story. No tale of near misses, or if onlys. It was a 90-minute clubbing of a once-mighty empire. Of red-shirted men who had...
  • World Cup 2014: The reign of Spain is over; Netherlands look good June 19, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: The king is dead. The World Cup will have a new champion. Just like France in 2002 and Italy in 2010, defending champion Spain are going home with their tail between their legs. Chile's 2-0 win over Spain in the Maracana Stadium brimming with fevered supporters ends an...
  • World Cup 2014: Red hot Chile knock out champions Spain in group stage June 19, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Defending champion Spain, the dominant global football power for the past six years, were eliminated from World Cup contention on Wednesday with a 2-0 loss to Chile. Spain's famed passing game failed against a high-tempo, tenacious Chile team, their era ending in the storied Maracana Stadium filled...
  • World Cup 2014: Chilean fans invade the Maracana media centre June 19, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: About 100 soccer fans broke into the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, trashing temporary walls and lockers before Chile was to play Spain. The group was apparently mostly Chilean fans without tickets trying to get into the stadium. They sprinted through the large FIFA media center, causing some...
  • World Cup 2014, Spain vs Chile: as it happened June 19, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the Group B match between Spain and Chile at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio De Janeiro. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Another loss after their humbling 5-1 defeat by the Netherlands would almost certainly end Spain's title defense. A group-stage elimination would make...
  • World Cup 2014: Five record-breaking moments from the 1st round of group games June 18, 2014

    The first round of group stage matches in the FIFA World Cup 2014 have been completed. Some teams find themselves already in dire straits in the tournament with do-or-die matches coming up. It is all started with revenge and vindication but heartbreaks also became the part for some teams. The World...