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  • Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Ramos bury hatchet in Spain commitment spat 2 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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...
  • Injured keeper David de Gea to miss Spain Euro qualifier November 15, 2014

    Spain goalkeeper David de Gea will miss their Euro 2016 qualifier with Belarus on Saturday after injuring a finger in training, said national team doctor Oscar Celada. "Tomorrow he will definitely not be ready to play," Celada told Marca on Friday referring to the Manchester United stopper. De Gea, who was injured...
  • Conchita Martinez to captain Spain in Fed Cup until 2015 November 9, 2014

    Madrid: Conchita Martinez has accepted the Spanish tennis federation's offer to continue as the Fed Cup captain until 2015. Martinez, the 1994 Wimbledon winner, took over the captaincy from Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 2013. The 42-year-old Martinez won the Fed Cup five times as a player. Spain is in World Group II....
  • Spain drop Diego Costa for European qualifier November 7, 2014

    Madrid: Chelsea striker Diego Costa was dropped from the Spain squad on Friday for the European Championship qualifier next week while he nurses a groin injury. "Our doctors have been in contact with Chelsea's doctors and they have agreed it would be best for him to rest," Spain coach Vicente del...
  • Rafael Nadal undergoes appendix surgery in Spain November 4, 2014

    Barcelona: Rafael Nadal had successful surgery to remove his appendix on Monday and will remain in the hospital for up to two days to recover. A statement from Nadal's spokesman said the appendectomy was performed at the TEKNON Medical Center in Barcelona by Dr. Segura Movellan and his team. "Everything has gone...
  • Former Real Madrid forward Raul joins New York Cosmos October 30, 2014

    New York: Former Real Madrid and Spain forward Raul has joined New York Cosmos for the 2015 season on a "multi-year" contract pending a medical, the North American Soccer League (NASL) club said on Thursday. As part of the deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, Raul, 37, will also...
  • Spain to train Iraqi troops to fight Islamic State October 19, 2014

    Washington: Spain will begin training Iraqi forces later this year to battle Islamic State fighters but has ruled out taking part in ground operations in Syria, officials have said. Defense Minister Pedro Morenes made the announcement in Washington, where he met Friday with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. "We could be starting...
  • Ebola death toll close to 4,500: WHO October 16, 2014

    Geneva: Almost 4,500 people have died in the Ebola epidemic that broke out in west Africa at the start of the year, according to fresh figures released by the World Health Organization. The WHO said that as of October 12, 4,493 people have died from Ebola out of a total...
  • We were all suffering for Costa, says Del Bosque October 13, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque predicted Diego Costa would be a key performer for Spain in coming years after the Brazil-born forward ended his long wait for an international goal on Sunday. Costa's 69th-minute strike in a 4-0 win away to Luxembourg in Euro 2016 qualification Group C was his first...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Spain rebound with 4-0 win at Luxembourg October 13, 2014

    Diego Costa scored his first goal for Spain in seven appearances to help the defending European champion ease to a 4-0 win at Luxembourg and rebound from their first qualifying loss in eight years on Sunday. The placid victory put Spain back on track to qualifying for the 2016 European championship...
  • Fabregas pleads for patience as Spain criticism mounts October 12, 2014

    Midfielder Cesc Fabregas has hit back at criticism levelled against Spain's new-look team and pleaded for time following a surprise Euro 2016 qualifying defeat by Slovakia. Spain have introduced several new players after they failed to defend their World Cup title in Brazil and results have been mixed, with a victory...
  • Pressure mounts on Spain's Casillas after latest blunder October 10, 2014

    Once lauded as a goalkeeper who could do no wrong, Spain captain Iker Casillas's tarnished reputation suffered another blow when his error helped Slovakia claim a shock 2-1 win in Euro 2016 qualifying on Thursday. Holders Spain had been looking to continue a rebuilding process after their failure at the World...
  • Spain crash, England cruise in Euro Qualifiers October 10, 2014

    Paris: Defending European champions Spain suffered their first qualifying defeat in eight years on Thursday when they slumped to a 2-1 loss against Slovakia while England made it two wins in two. Spain, who had opened their Euro 2016 campaign with a 5-1 mauling of Macedonia, exhibited all the faults which...
  • Spain not on downward spiral, says Del Bosque after defeat October 10, 2014

    Coach Vicente del Bosque denied Spain were caught in a downward spiral after the holders slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat in Slovakia in Euro 2016 Group C qualifying on Thursday. Del Bosque decided to stay on after his team were knocked out in the first round of the World Cup...
  • Spain beaten as Stoch earns dividend for Slovaks October 10, 2014

    Holders Spain suffered their first defeat in qualifying for a major tournament in eight years when Miroslav Stoch nodded a late goal to earn Slovakia a shock 2-1 victory in Euro 2016 Group C on Thursday. A powerful, swerving free kick from Juraj Kucka in the 17th minute that deceived goalkeeper...
  • Koke aims to follow in Xavi's footsteps for new-look Spain October 9, 2014

    Barcelona: Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke is part of a fresh generation of Spain players aiming to make an impact in Euro 2016 qualifying and says he would be happy if he achieves half the success of retired great Xavi. It is a new-look Spain that is bidding to win their third...
  • Costa has to prove himself for Spain, says coach Del Bosque October 8, 2014

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa may be prolific at club level, but Spain's coach Vicente del Bosque feels it is time he proves himself on the international stage as he leads the champions' attack during Euro 2016 qualifying. Having convinced Costa to turn his back on Brazil, the country of his birth,...
  • Goal-fest expected in Euro 2016 qualifiers October 8, 2014

    The first "Week of Football" in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship could be a goal-fest for the continent's major powers. The second and third rounds of games in each of the nine groups will be spread from Thursday to Tuesday, with UEFA keen on "shining the spotlight on more teams"...
  • Sergio Ramos pulls out of Spain squad October 7, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos was forced to pull out of the Spain squad for the European Championship qualifiers away to Slovakia Oct 9 and Luxemburg Oct 12 because of a calf injury. Ramos was substituted during the first half of Sunday's 5-0 win against Athletic Club Bilbao as a...
  • Spanish nurse is first to contract Ebola outside Africa October 7, 2014

    Madrid: A Spanish nurse who treated two Ebola victims at a Madrid hospital has contracted the virus herself in the first case of contagion outside of Africa, health officials said on Monday. "She is a health professional who took care of the infected with the disease who were repatriated and cared...
  • Costa banking on Fabregas link to help end Spain drought October 6, 2014

    Diego Costa has yet to open his account for Spain in five appearances, a perplexing state of affairs given his prolific form for Atletico Madrid last season and his blistering start at Chelsea. The Brazil-born forward, who turned his back on the country of his birth to play for La Roja,...