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  • David Villa could make Spain return, says Del Bosque 2 days ago

    David Villa's international career is not necessarily over and the striker could return to the squad and extend his Spain scoring record, coach Vicente del Bosque said on Tuesday. It was widely assumed the New York City player, who has 59 goals in 97 games for La Roja, had played for...
  • Diego Costa out of Ukraine game, Netherlands friendly 2 days ago

    Spain forward Diego Costa will miss the holders' Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Ukraine on Friday and a friendly away to Netherlands four days later due to a hamstring injury sustained playing for Chelsea at the weekend. Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) medical staff confirmed the injury in tests in Madrid...
  • Euro Qualifier: Spain call up Juanmi as cover for injured Diego Costa 3 days ago

    Spain have called up Malaga forward Juanmi as cover for the injured Diego Costa for the Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Ukraine, the Spanish federation (RFEF) said on Monday. Brazil-born Costa, who missed Spain's last two games due to injury, scored in Chelsea's 3-2 Premier League victory at Hull City...
  • Striker Diego Costa back with Spain 6 days ago

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been recalled by Spain coach Vicente del Bosque for matches against Ukraine and the Netherlands this month. The Brazil-born striker missed games against Belarus and Germany last November because of a hamstring injury. Costa will be joined by Chelsea teammate Cesc Fabregas, Manchester City playmaker David Silva,...
  • Real Madrid, Spain's keeping great Antonio Betancort dies at 78 March 15, 2015

    A minute's silence will be held before Real Madrid's La Liga game at home to Levante later on Sunday and the players will wear black armbands following the death overnight of former Real and Spain goalkeeper Antonio Betancort at the age of 78. After joining from Las Palmas in his native...
  • Spain out of top 10 in FIFA rankings for 1st time since 2007 March 12, 2015

    Barcelona: Spain's fall from the top of the soccer rankings took an even more humbling turn on Thursday when the team dropped out of the top 10. The Spanish spent almost six full years at No. 1, winning the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships. But the...
  • Saina Nehwal loses to Carolina Marin at All England Championship final March 8, 2015

    Birmingham: In a major heartbreak, Saina Nehwal lost the women's singles final of the $500,000 All England Open Badminton Championships to Spain's Carolina Marin here on Sunday. In her attempt to become the first Indian woman to win the prestigious Super Series Premier event, she took off well to win the...
  • Force India hope to debut new F1 car on Friday February 25, 2015

    London: Force India will have a maximum of three days testing with their new Formula One car before the start of the season after the team said it would not debut in Spain until Friday. "The VJM08 will arrive in Barcelona on Friday morning and the final set up will take...
  • Fernando Alonso making 'solid recovery' after crash in F1 testing February 23, 2015

    Spain: McLaren driver Fernando Alonso is making a "solid recovery" after being concussed following a crash in Formula One testing and is staying in hospital for further observation. The Spanish driver escaped serious injury, but was airlifted by helicopter to the hospital for precautionary checks after his McLaren collided with a...
  • Uber begins delivering food in Spain after ban on taxi service February 21, 2015

    Barcelona: US smartphone app firm Uber reappeared in Spain as a home food delivery network after a court banned it from operating its taxi service following complaints from professional drivers. It was the first launch outside the United States of Uber's food delivery application. For the moment the Spanish version of the...
  • Uber resurfaces in Spain with home food deliveries February 20, 2015

    Barcelona: US smartphone app firm Uber reappeared in Spain on Thursday as a home food delivery network after a court banned it from operating its taxi service following complaints from professional drivers. It was the first launch outside the US of Uber's food delivery application. For the moment the Spanish version...
  • Barcelona president investigated in Neymar transfer probe February 3, 2015

    Madrid: Spain's prosecutor on Monday asked a National Court judge to investigate Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu in a case of alleged tax fraud in the signing of Brazil striker Neymar. In a statement, prosecutor Jose Perals said he has requested that judge Pablo Ruz probe Bartomeu and the club for...
  • Uber suspends amateur taxi service in Spain December 31, 2014

    Madrid: Popular web-based taxi company Uber has suspended its amateur driver service in Spain after it received confirmation of a court ruling to ban it in the country. UberPOP, which allows non-professional drivers with their own cars to take on passengers at budget rates, via a mobile app, started in...
  • Football in 2014: Winners and Losers December 31, 2014

    The 2014 chapter of the beautiful game is at a close leaving us, as always, with some amazing memories on and off the field. Being a World Cup year, 2014 was four times over special and provided plenty of footballing brilliance throughout the calendar. Coupled alongside were stories of extraordinary...
  • Spain handing out $3 billion in planet's biggest lottery December 22, 2014

    Madrid: The drawing is underway in Spain for the world's biggest lottery payoff, a 2.5 billion-euro ($3 billion) pot of cash that will be divided among thousands of ticketholders. The top prize for this year's "El Gordo" (The Fat One) drawing are tickets that will win $490,000. Many more people...
  • Lionel Messi is the best footballer of all time: David Silva December 18, 2014

    Manchester: Spanish midfielder David Silva had said that Argentine forward Lionel Messi is part of his dream team as he is the best footballer of all time. "He's the best of all time, although I haven't had a chance to watch some other greats of the past," he was quoted as...
  • Google locking Spanish publishers out of Google News service December 12, 2014

    Madrid: Google is locking Spanish publishers out of its popular Google News service in response to a new Spanish law that imposes fees for linking to the headlines and news stories on other websites. The move announced Thursday will reverberate around the globe. Besides closing Google News in Spain, Google also...
  • Rafael Nadal trains after wrist injury December 6, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has returned to training and has set his sights on the tournaments in Abu Dhabi and Doha to try and prove his fitness ahead of the Australian Open in January. "I began to train two days ago and yesterday, I played tennis for the first...
  • Rafael Nadal to comeback stronger than before, says Carlos Moya December 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Rafael Nadal has managed to win a remarkable 14 Grand Slam titles despite an injury-stricken career and he is only going to come back stronger from his latest setback, feels fellow countryman and former world number one Carlos Moya. Nadal is back to practice following his injury to remove...
  • Spain soccer fan clash leaves 1 dead, 11 injured December 1, 2014

    Madrid: One man died and 11 others suffered minor injuries after a fight broke out outside Atletico Madrid's soccer stadium between its fans and those of visiting team Deportivo La Coruna, officials said Sunday. Madrid's Clinico San Carlos hospital said a man died of injuries sustained in the clash between rival...
  • Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Ramos bury hatchet in Spain commitment spat November 26, 2014

    Cesc Fabregas was "pissed off" with Spain team-mate Sergio Ramos for raising doubts about his commitment to the national team but said the pair had buried the hatchet. Midfielder Fabregas pulled out of Spain's matches against Belarus and Germany this month citing injury, joining Chelsea team-mate Diego Costa on the sidelines. The...
  • Casillas shock inclusion on shortlist for FIFA award November 25, 2014

    London: Iker Casillas was the surprise inclusion on the goalkeeping shortlist for FIFA's 2014 World XI on Monday after enduring a difficult year for both Real Madrid and Spain. Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer, who won the World Cup with Germany in Brazil, has also been nominated, along with Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois,...
  • Delhi: 2 booked for stealing emblem from Spanish embassy November 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi Police registered a case against two unidentified youth for allegedly stealing the Spanish national emblem from outside the embassy's front door. An FIR was registered on the complaint of the officials from the Embassy of Spain. The case was registered under Sections 379/34 of the Indian Penal...
  • Spanish lawmakers pass symbolic motion on eventual recognition of Palestine November 19, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish lawmakers on Tuesday urged their government to recognise Palestine as a state, albeit only when the Palestinians and Israel negotiate a solution to their long-running conflict. The symbolic motion, which echoes similar votes last month in Britain and Ireland, received the backing of all the political groups of the...
  • Nadal criticises Spain's female Davis Cup captain over sexism debate November 19, 2014

    Barcelona: Rafael Nadal criticized Spain's female Davis Cup captain on Tuesday for feeding a "false and absurd" debate that started when his coach and uncle questioned whether a woman could coach in the men's game. The 14-time Grand Slam winner struck out at both captain Gala Leon and the Spanish tennis...
  • Joachim Loew on a high after Germany sink Spain in Vigo November 19, 2014

    Beating Spain was the perfect way to end a stellar year, Germany coach Joachim Loew said after the world champions recorded a 1-0 victory in a friendly on Tuesday. The European heavyweights were clashing for the first time since Spain's win by the same scoreline in the 2010 World Cup semi-finals...
  • Fledgling Spain face stern test against world champions November 17, 2014

    Barcelona- An all-conquering Spain side were on the crest of a wave last time they faced Germany on the way to winning the 2010 World Cup but they now meet on Tuesday in what will be a stern test for a new fledgling team. The indefatigable Carles Puyol scored the only...
  • Euro qualifiers: Centurion Rooney scores as England beats Slovenia; easy win for Spain November 16, 2014

    London: Wayne Rooney celebrated his 100th appearance for England by scoring in a 3-1 win over Slovenia, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted in his return for Sweden in a 1-1 draw at Montenegro in European Championship qualifiers on Saturday. Beside England's fourth win in as many games, Group E also saw San...
  • Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to miss Spain friendly November 15, 2014

    Berlin: Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been ruled out of Tuesday's friendly against Spain with a right knee injury. The German football federation says Neuer left the team hotel in Nuremberg following his side's 4-0 European qualifying win over Gibraltar and will not rejoin the squad in Munich on Sunday ahead...
  • Spain fully committed despite Ramos comments, says coach November 15, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has no doubts about the commitment of Diego Costa and other members of his squad following the suggestion from Sergio Ramos that they are not giving their all. The holders' slow start to qualifying for Euro 2016 has led to tensions in the camp ahead of...