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Nov 19, 2014

Spain relieved ‘annus horribilis’ is finally over

MADRID (Reuters) – At the start of 2014, Vicente del Bosque’s Spain were serious contenders to become only the third nation after Italy and Brazil to successfully defend their World Cup title.

Thus it was fitting that what turned out to be an “annus horribilis” for ‘La Roja’, marking the demise of a side that had swept all before them over the previous six years, ended with defeat to freshly-crowned world champions Germany.

Nov 19, 2014

Soccer-Spain relieved ‘annus horribilis’ is finally over

MADRID, Nov 19 (Reuters) – At the start of 2014, Vicente del Bosque’s Spain were serious contenders to become only the third nation after Italy and Brazil to successfully defend their World Cup title.

Thus it was fitting that what turned out to be an “annus horribilis” for ‘La Roja’, marking the demise of a side that had swept all before them over the previous six years, ended with defeat to freshly-crowned world champions Germany.

Nov 16, 2014

‘Spain’s Messiah’ Isco keeping feet on the ground

MADRID (Reuters) – Isco woke up on Sunday morning to newspaper headlines declaring him “the messiah Spain has been waiting for to revive past glories” but the gifted midfielder appears to have his feet firmly on the ground.

The 22-year-old was widely feted after netting a brilliant goal in Saturday’s 3-0 win at home to Belarus in Euro 2016 qualification Group C, following up on an excellent run of form with his club Real Madrid.

Nov 16, 2014

Soccer-’Spain’s Messiah’ Isco keeping feet on the ground

MADRID, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Isco woke up on Sunday morning to newspaper headlines declaring him “the messiah Spain has been waiting for to revive past glories” but the gifted midfielder appears to have his feet firmly on the ground.

The 22-year-old was widely feted after netting a brilliant goal in Saturday’s 3-0 win at home to Belarus in Euro 2016 qualification Group C, following up on an excellent run of form with his club Real Madrid.

Nov 16, 2014

Preview – Contrasting goals in Spain-Germany friendly

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain and Germany will have different objectives when they play a friendly in Vigo on Tuesday in the first meeting between the European heavyweights since Spain’s 1-0 win in the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup.

Vicente del Bosque’s new-look side will want to show they have put their failed title defence at the 2014 World Cup firmly behind them and some fresh faces coming through will be keen to impress.

Nov 16, 2014

Contrasting goals in Spain-Germany friendly

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain and Germany will have different objectives when they play a friendly in Vigo on Tuesday in the first meeting between the European heavyweights since Spain’s 1-0 win in the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup.

Vicente del Bosque’s new-look side will want to show they have put their failed title defence at the 2014 World Cup firmly behind them and some fresh faces coming through will be keen to impress.

Nov 16, 2014

Soccer-Contrasting goals in Spain-Germany friendly

MADRID, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Spain and Germany will have different objectives when they play a friendly in Vigo on Tuesday in the first meeting between the European heavyweights since Spain’s 1-0 win in the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup.

Vicente del Bosque’s new-look side will want to show they have put their failed title defence at the 2014 World Cup firmly behind them and some fresh faces coming through will be keen to impress.

Nov 13, 2014

Weakened Spain distracted by commitment debate

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s preparations for Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus have been disrupted by injury while a debate has rumbled on in the background over the commitment of some team members.

Midfielder Cesc Fabregas was the latest to pull out on Tuesday, joining Chelsea team mate Diego Costa on the sidelines, and the fact that Fabregas played the whole of Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League win at Liverpool and Costa 90 minutes prompted suggestions club had taken priority over country.

Nov 13, 2014

Soccer-Weakened Spain distracted by commitment debate

MADRID, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Spain’s preparations for Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus have been disrupted by injury while a debate has rumbled on in the background over the commitment of some team members.

Midfielder Cesc Fabregas was the latest to pull out on Tuesday, joining Chelsea team mate Diego Costa on the sidelines, and the fact that Fabregas played the whole of Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League win at Liverpool and Costa 90 minutes prompted suggestions club had taken priority over country.

Nov 12, 2014

Debutant Callejon looking to prove himself with Spain

MADRID (Reuters) – Jose Callejon has been in fine form for his club Napoli this season and the Spanish forward may now get a chance to prove he has what it takes to make a successful transition to the international arena.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque included Callejon in the European champions’ squad for the first time for Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus and next Tuesday’s friendly against 2014 World Cup winners Germany.