Thursday, January 28

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Zambia’s match-winner Nachula reflects on Chile win
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Zambia’s match-winner Nachula reflects on Chile win

The Zaragoza striker was left a happy lady after her header helped the Copper Queens to a historic triumph over the Chileans Zambia star Rachael Nachula has revealed that the desire to make their country proud inspired Saturday's 2-1 victory over Chile. Before Saturday's first match of their international friendlies against La Roja, the Copper Queens were smarting from their title miss at the 2020 Cosafa Women's Cup in South Africa, where they settled for bronze earlier this month. Second-half goals from Barbara Banda and Nachula helped the Copper Queens come from a goal down to condemn the South Americans to the first defeat against an African team, in Santiago.
Why does Ansu Fati play for Spain? Eligibility rules explained
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Why does Ansu Fati play for Spain? Eligibility rules explained

Ansu Fati burst onto the scene for Barcelona as a teenage prodigy, and has now been called up to the Spain squad - playing with flying colours Ansu Fati has emerged as a starring talent for both Barcelona and Spain at just 17 years of age, and naturally, word has already spread about how he could eventually succeed the talismanic Lionel Messi at Camp Nou. After breaking through to the Barcelona first team at just 16, he has already caught attention at international level with Spain. But how come the winger is eligible to don the colours of La Roja? Goal takes a look.
Spain 2-1 Germany: La Roja Have Been Crown Euro U21 Champions
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Spain 2-1 Germany: La Roja Have Been Crown Euro U21 Champions

Fabian Ruiz opened the scoring for Spain with a surging run and 25-yard strike from Mikel Oyarzabal's pass. Dani Olmo doubled the lead with a clever chip after Alexander Nubel fumbled Ruiz's shot before Nadiem Amiri's late deflected consolation. Line-ups Spain U21 XI: J.Vallejo, Antonio Sivera, Ceballos, M.Roca, Núñez, F.Ruiz, Oyarzabal, Dani Olmo, Junior Firpo, P.Fornals, Martín Subs: Meré, A.Martín, Merino, Mayoral, Unai Simón, Dani Martín, P.Lirola, Pedraza, Rafa Mir, C.Soler, Zubeldía, Manu Vallejo Germany U21 XI: Öztunali, J.Tah, Baumgartl, Waldschmidt, Klostermann, Henrichs, Amiri, Eggestein, Dahoud, Serdar, Alexander Nübel Subs: Anton, Koch, M. Schubert, Eduard Löwen, M. Richter, M. Mittelstädt, Florian Müller, Florian Neuhaus, Uduokhai, Lukas Nmecha, Eggestein, ...
USWNT manager Ellis pronounces Ertz and Morgan ‘fine’ to face Spain
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USWNT manager Ellis pronounces Ertz and Morgan ‘fine’ to face Spain

The duo both had slight injury concerns heading into Monday night's last-16 encounter against La Roja U.S. women’s national team manager Jill Ellis has said that key performers Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz are both “fine” ahead of Monday’s last-16 match against Spain. The USWNT will take on Spain at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims with a place in the quarterfinal at stake, but the availability of two of its best players was in doubt following Thursday’s group-stage finale against Sweden. Ertz missed that game with a hip contusion as the U.S. defeated Sweden 2-0 to cap off a group stage that saw the team win all three of its games while scoring 18 goals and conceding none.
Kepa had an incredible end of the season’ – Moreno reveals why De Gea was dropped by Spain
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Kepa had an incredible end of the season’ – Moreno reveals why De Gea was dropped by Spain

The Chelsea goalkeeper has started La Roja's last three contests and appears to have claimed the No.1 shirt from his United counterpart for now David de Gea’s time as Spain No.1 is not over, according to Robert Moreno, but the assistant coach conceded Kepa Arrizabalaga’s end-of-season form has influenced the decision to start the Chelsea man in the short term. Kepa has now started Spain’s last three international clashes, and while Euro qualification matches against minnows Malta and the Faroe Islands did not raise eyebrows, his continuation in the lineup against Sweden did. De Gea came under fire with Spain for his performances during the World Cup, as well as the Nations League, leading to question over his place in the squad.
The Reasons Why Griezmann Is A Step Closer To Joining Barcelona
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The Reasons Why Griezmann Is A Step Closer To Joining Barcelona

Gracing the front cover of today's edition of Mundo Deportivo is Antoine Griezmann who the Catalan daily claim has reached a pre-agreement with Barcelona. MD say that the Atlético striker gave Barcelona his word months ago and the plan is to incorporate him as soon as next season's first window opens on 1 July. They add that the pre-agreement is for a five-year deal but Barça will negotiate with Atlético to lower Griezmann's 100 million euro buy-out fee. The article comes after similar reports from RAC-1, Catalunya Ràdio and LeSport10, who assure that the French striker and Barça have been holding talks. Barcelona's technical department feel that the the team needs four top class strikers in case of any unforseen emergency such as the injury to Ousmane Dembélé. Barcelona spying on Marti...
Spain VS Costa Rica Betting: Tense Start In Exhibition Match
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Spain VS Costa Rica Betting: Tense Start In Exhibition Match

Following an impressive qualification campaign which saw them comfortably top a potentially tricky group, Spain will surely be among the favourites for next summer's World Cup and their build-up to the tournament begins with a friendly against Costa Rica in Malaga's La Rosaleda stadium. Julen Lopetegui is likely to use the game to give minutes to some of the less experienced members of the squad. Lazio defender Luis Alberto was a surprise call-up, while Liverpool's Alberto Moreno will be hoping for his first international appearance in four years and Milan forward Suso aims to make his debut. Generally, of course, La Roja are extremely tough to beat, although their last two friendlies on home soil have been a little unconvincing with June seeing them net late on to salvage a 2-2 against ...
Spain: 2018 Russia World Cup Training Top Design Leaked
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Spain: 2018 Russia World Cup Training Top Design Leaked

Spain qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with relative ease despite being placed in a challenging group alongside Italy. Recyclable shirt design leaked Pictures of the kits that Julen Lopetegui's will wear are now beginning to filter out. Footyheadlines has already released an image of a dashing strip that Spain are likely to wear in the tournament. Now the same website has leaked an image of the Adidas Parley shirt that La Roja will warm up in. As with the Real Madrid and Bayern Munich shirts that were released in November 2016, the shirt is will be made from recyclable materials. Spain could debut the shirt in a friendly match against Costa Rica on 11 November at La Rosaleda, Málaga.
Lopetegui: We Sang, Jumped And Danced In The Dressing Room
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Lopetegui: We Sang, Jumped And Danced In The Dressing Room

By defeating Albania 3-0 at the same time as Italy were held by Macedonia, La Roja ensured that they'll finish group winners, no matter what happens next Monday. "You need to celebrate the good things, so we sang, we jumped and we danced,"Julen Lopetegui said after the match. "We are pleased and proud of what we've achieved because it is important for Spain. "It's time to focus on the positive things, both in football and in this country." The Basque coach thanked the supporters in Alicante for their backing as well. "The home fans were very good," Lopetegui told reporters. Finally, Lopetegui denied that the bookings collected by Gerard Pique and David Silva were on purpose, with a view to earning a suspension for next week's dead rubber against Israel.
Dani Carvajal Heart Infection Causing Real Madrid Concern
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Dani Carvajal Heart Infection Causing Real Madrid Concern

Dani Carvajal's recovery from a pericardium infection is understood to be a matter of deep concern at a Real Madrid who are not without further injury worries. The full-back was ruled out on Saturday with the problem, which is an inflammation of the lining of the heart - and has no definite recovery time. Carvajal's absence has left Real boss Zinedine Zidane with a selection headache at right-back - with youth product Achraf Hakimi handed his debut at the weekend - and in the dark as to when he'll be able to call on the Spain international again. The problem is the uncertainty. The time the inflammation takes to completely die down depends on how each patient reacts to treatment, making the recovery period difficult to estimate: it could be weeks, or even months. Real will therefore be ...
Torino President Cairo: Belotti Will Be Back Among The Goals Again
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Torino President Cairo: Belotti Will Be Back Among The Goals Again

Ventura was widely condemned for lining Italy up in a 4-2-4 formation during their 3-0 defeat to Spain, while Belotti was similarly criticised for his lack of impact against La Roja and Israel. “It was a victory that we suffered for. Benevento deserved a draw, it must be said, but we didn’t give up and we finally broke through,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss. “Scudetto? "Juventus, Napoli and Inter seem to be the most equipped. Objectives? We want Europe, but we mustn’t limit ourselves: we must try to do more. “Transfer window? Closing the summer window earlier is a good thing from a League perspective. “It’s only right that no-one plays when players’ fates are being decided. Belotti? He had a difficult week, but he’ll be back among the goals again. “Insigne? I don’t want to quote any prices...
A Lifetime In White For Real Madrid’s Nacho Fernandez
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A Lifetime In White For Real Madrid’s Nacho Fernandez

Since then, that young man has grown between the Paseo de La Castellana and the Ciudad Deportiva de Valdebebas, climbing the categories of the academy sides to end up becoming a fundamental piece of Zinedine Zidane's side. "He is a player who always very focused," his French coach noted this season at the Estadio Riazor after the Madrilenian's exhibition. Three Champions Leagues, two Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, one LaLiga, one Copa del Rey and two Supercopa de Espana's have been won during his time with the first team, and yet before all of those came another of the most important achievements in the history of the club. Under Alberto Toril at Castilla, and with Jese, Carvajal, Morata, Joselu and along with his brother Alex, they got the longed for promotion to the Segun...
Giampiero Ventura To Scrap His 4-2-4 System
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Giampiero Ventura To Scrap His 4-2-4 System

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Ventura will adopt to three-man defence and a No 10 when Italy conclude their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign next month. The CT switched to a 4-2-4 for games against Spain and Israel, but the formation came under fire after the Azzurri lost 3-0 to La Roja and struggled to beat the latter. Corriere dello Sport also claims Ventura is preparing a ‘Plan B’, explaining Italy’s disappointing displays “can push him towards making another change.”
Spain Not Regarded As Favourites For Russia World Cup
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Spain Not Regarded As Favourites For Russia World Cup

With enthusiasm and support growing for Spain's push for an automatic quantifying place in next summers Russian World Cup, major betting outlets still deem Lopetegui's men not to be in top ranked favourites to lift the trophy on July 15 in Moscow.Following last night's routine win over Liechtenstein and Saturday's dazzling demolition of the Italians in Madrid, "La Roja" are considered as current fourth favourites to add to their South Africa 2010 win.At present current holders Germany and beaten Euro 2016 finalists France are touted by three major betting outlets as the likely nations to secure the 2018 trophy. Despite struggling in the COMNEBOL group stage, Lionel Messi and Argentina are deemed as fifth favourites whilst Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal are listed as tenth favorites for Rus...
Sergio Ramos Ends Three-Year Spain Scoring Drought
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Sergio Ramos Ends Three-Year Spain Scoring Drought

That night he scored a penalty against Macedonia in Valencia, but he had not found the back of the net on Spain duty since, even missing a spot kick against Croatia at Euro 2016 last summer.That all changed in the second minute of Spain's game away in Lichtenstein when he headed home a David Silva free-kick for his 11th international goal, in his 145th appearance.His first ever La Roja goals came when he netted a brace against San Marino on October 12, 2005, while he's also scored against Denmark, Sweden, France (twice), Panama, Finland, Macedonia and Liechtenstein (twice).
Lopetegui Warns Diego Costa To Get Fit Or Risk His World Cup Place
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Lopetegui Warns Diego Costa To Get Fit Or Risk His World Cup Place

While his relationship with his Chelsea coach Antonio Conte is still on the ropes, Julen Lopetegui is now worried that his main striker won't be fit for the upcoming tournament.As reported by Radio MARCA, the coaching staff of La Roja already informed Costa that in order to be included in the call-ups for the World Cup in Russia, he needs to rack up more playing time.The 28-year-old striker, who wasn't registered in the Blues' list for the Champions League, has gone the whole summer without attending his club's training sessions.On the other hand, a potential move back to Atletico Madrid in January might increase the player's chances to regain his spot in Lopetegui's starting lineup in the months before the World Cup.
Lopetegui Earns The Trust Of His Players And All Of Spain
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Lopetegui Earns The Trust Of His Players And All Of Spain

As the all-conquering golden generation of Xavi and Iker Casillas was phased out, the former Porto boss had to find a new set of players to rely on without abruptly closing the door on the old guard.Saturday's display against Italy demonstrated how that area had been dealt with perfectly, as Andres Iniesta and Isco combined with aplomb, David De Gea kept things tight at the back, and David Villa earned a hero's welcome on his return.The dynamics around La Roja have changed and a harmonious atmosphere has been achieved, with Lopetegui echoing the rule mastered by Zinedine Zidane, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho by acting on a more personal level with the squad.Such a strong communication channel is vital given that such little time is available to prepare for matches. Lopetegui does like to...
Lopetegui: As A Coach, You Feel Envious Of Stadiums Like Wembley
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Lopetegui: As A Coach, You Feel Envious Of Stadiums Like Wembley

Historically, La Roja have never stayed put it one ground like the Three Lions do with Wembley Stadium, and Lopetegui entertained the idea of establishing such a venue."The stage and the party that accompanied it was wonderful," the national team boss said on Radio MARCA."It was a beautiful night. When you go and play at Wembley, you feel a healthy envy and yesterday the stadium gave us encouragement when we went through difficult moments."[Creating a home ground for Spain is] a nice conversation. As a coach, there are venues such as Wembley and Stade de France that convey something different."After taking a resounding 3-0 win over the Azzurri, Lopetegui insisted that Spain have not sealed their ticket to Russia yet, meaning that plenty of work is still to be done."We have still achieved n...
Isco And Asensio Can Lead Reborn Spain To Another Golden Era
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Isco And Asensio Can Lead Reborn Spain To Another Golden Era

Spain broke an important psychological barrier when they beat Italy on penalties en route to the title at Euro 2008, so it was fitting that four years later from Poland and Ukraine they completed an unprecedented treble of Euros-World Cup-Euros by thrashing Italy 4-0 in the final.That was to be the final fling for Vicente del Bosque's side as disppointment followed at the World Cup in Brazil, and defeat against the Azzurri again at Euro 2016 really was the curtain call. It seemed like the end of an era, the decay of a golden generation. But Spain showed on Saturday that they have another brilliant batch ready to pick up the baton.David Villa was brought back into the squad at the age of 35, but he was left on the bench until late on and this team owed more to youth. Isco, at 25, has three ...
‘The No.7 Belongs To David Villa’ – Morata Gives Up Spain Ahirt
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‘The No.7 Belongs To David Villa’ – Morata Gives Up Spain Ahirt

Alvaro Morata has been happy to bow to the seniority of David Villa as the veteran forward makes his return to Spain duty.The 35-year-old New York City striker has been called to Julen Lopetegui’s selection for World Cup qualifying matches against Italy and Liechtenstein, having failed to play for his country since the final match of their Brazil 2014 campaign, which ended in the group stages.Villa marked that occasion with a goal, taking his tally to 59 for his country – a figure unmatched for the 2010 world champions.As such, his recall after three years means that Morata has happily given him back his famous No.7 shirt.“The No.7 belongs to David Villa,” the Chelsea forward said upon joining the national team, despite having made that shirt his own over the course of his last two years w...
Arturo Vidal, The Humble Road To Chile Stardom
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Arturo Vidal, The Humble Road To Chile Stardom

In one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Santiago, Yvo and his friends lace up their boots and throw on their Rodelindo Roman club jerseys in the hope of emulating the path to stardom of Chile’s Arturo Vidal. Twenty years ago, it was Vidal emerging from a pitchside hut at this modest club in the San Joaquin district of the Chilean capital, allowing him to briefly forget the cold and hunger. For Vidal, who started out with nothing, those days came well before his glittering career took off and propelled him into a star with both Chile and Bayern Munich. Now aged 30, Arturo is “a model and a source of inspiration, I would like to be like him,” Yvo Aliaga told AFP, following his team’s victory over another local side. That same admiration prompts numerous youngsters to join the clu...