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OPEN LETTER: Xabi Alonso retires from Spain’s national team after 11-year career

Wednesday August 27 2014,

Tags: Xabi Alonso, Real Madrid, Spain, World Cup

Spain’s national team continues to lose its veterans. The latest is Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso who announced his retirement on Wednesday afternoon.
Sefutbol broke the news, releasing the 32-year-old’s statement in full. Parts of it read:

“I quit the Spanish National Team. The hardest thing is knowing when to say goodbye, and after thinking about it, I think that my time with the National squad has come to an end.

“It has been a glorious period with the Spanish team that started more than 11 years ago, I have formed...

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August 2014 Fifa rankings – Germany remains in No.1 spot, USMNT drop to 18th

Thursday August 14 2014,

Tags: Fifa World Cup, World Cup 2014, Germany, Spain, USA

While USMNT have plummeted to 18th place, the 2010 World Cup champions Spain have made advancements in their road to reclaiming the number one spot from Germany
The latest Fifa world ranking has been released and European giants Germany retains their number one spot. The 2014 World Cup champions leapfrogged the 2010 champions Spain in the July rankings after beating Argentina 1-0 in the final at the famous Maracana stadium, and see their spot at the summit remain untouched.

The runners-up from the tournament in Brazil, Lionel Messi’s Argentina...

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Key Xavi stats as the influential midfielder retires from the Spanish national team

Tuesday August 5 2014,

Tags: FIFA World Cup, World Cup 2014, La Liga, Spain, Barcelona, Xavi

La Furia Roja playmaker Xavi has decided to retire from international football after one World Cup trophy, and two Euro crowns. Here, we look back at his career with the Spanish national side
One of La Furia Roja's most gifted midfielders, a world-class playmaker, Xavi Hernandez has announced his retirement from the Spanish national side at the age of 34.

The Barcelona star announced this revelation in a press conference for his Catalan side, calling an end to 14 years with the European nation.

Xavi made his debut at the age of 20 back in 2000, featuring in a game against...

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July 2014 Fifa rankings - World Cup champions Germany climb to No.1 spot

After clinching the trophy in Brazil, Germany top Fifa's latest world rankings, followed by Argentina, whilst Spain drop to eighth
The latest Fifa world rankings are out, and they come shortly after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil came to an end, a tournament which saw European giants Germany win a fourth trophy, their first since 1990. Die Mannschaft, the first European nation to win football's greatest prize on South American soil, see themselves reach the summit of the Fifa rankings after beating Argentina 1-0 in the final, making...

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TRIBUTE: Real Madrid’s all-time best player, Alfredo di Stefano, dies at 88

Alfredo di Stefano, who played for giant Spanish club Real Madrid during a period of 11 years (1953-1964) has died at the old age of 88. He was nicknamed the “Blond Arrow”.
During his lifetime, the Argentine-born legend was recognized with two Ballon d’Ors – in 1957 and 1959 before becoming the only football personality to receive the Super Ballon d’Or by France Football in 1989.

With 308 goals in 396 appearances for Los Blancos, he currently ranks as the club’s second highest goalscorer. In 2000, Di Stefano was named honorary president...

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David Villa kisses Spain goodbye [Pics, stats, reaction]

Monday June 23 2014,

Tags: FIFA World Cup, World Cup 2014, Australia, Spain, David Villa

The game against Australia was David Villa's last international game.
David Villa played his last game with his national team against Australia, in a game that was irrelevant for the 2014 World Cup. With 97 caps and 59 goals, the Spanish striker will no longer be playing for la Furia Roja.

Casillas consoles Villa after getting subbed off in his last game for La Roja.

— Alex (@RM_Insider) June 23, 2014

After Villa...

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Group B scenario & lineups: Netherlands vs Chile, Australia vs Spain – 2014 World Cup

June 23, 2014 signifies the end of proceedings in Group B at the FIFA World Cup. Netherlands vs Chile and Australia vs Spain are the matches to watch at 12:00 EST / 17:00 BST.
The Dutch and the Chileans have won two out of two. One of these sides will maintain its perfect record on Monday, unless the game ends in a draw. The top spot is at stake but Louis van Gaal will be without his captain, Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, who picked up his second booking of the tournament in the 3-2 win over Australia.

Meanwhile, the other fixture in the table is a matter...

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LIVE streaming: Watch Australia vs Spain on TV and Online - June 23, 2014 FIFA World Cup Match

Pride is at stake as Australia and Spain’s World Cup Round of 16 hopes are no more. Here is where to watch Australia vs Spain live on June 23, 2014.
Spanish fans still cannot believe it. The reign of La Furia Roja came to an abrupt end on Wednesday. Victory was a must but a perfect performance from Chile condemned them to a 2-0 defeat.

It would be a total disgrace for the current World Cup titleholders to go home with no point at all. The Spaniards have not tasted anything bitter since Germany 2006 when they lost 3-1 to France in the Last...

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Netzer believes Spain had similar problems as Guardiola’s Bayern Munich

After Spain's early exit, Gunter Netzer talks about the similarities between la Furia Roja and Bayern Munich.
After Spain’s early exit from the 2014 World Cup, Gunter Netzer commented on the reasons that have caused the Spanish team’s demise in Brazil. The German believes that Bayern Munich face similar issues as Del Bosque’s squad. 1974 World Cup winner commented:

“The times are gone when the opponents were glad when they had conceded fewer than five goals. Spain are suffering...

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Univision Deportes reaches 42.0 Million total viewers for 2014 World Cup to date

Univision Deportes Has Aired 4 of the Top 5 Most-Viewed Matches, Across All Networks Regardless of Language, in the 2014 World Cup Among Total Viewers
Univision Deportes 2014 World Cup Audience is +43% Larger than 2010 World Cup through 20 Matches.

Univision Deportes’ presentation of the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014™ has delivered 4 of the top 5 matches, across all networks regardless of language, for the tournament-to-date among Total Viewers. The matches aired on the Univision Network, which was simulcast on Univision Deportes...

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CONFUSION: Rakitic and Mbia exchange shorts as Del Bosque boards the wrong bus

While Rakitic and Mbia exchange shorts, Vicente Del Bosque almost boarded Chile's bus.
Right after the game between Croatia and Cameroon, which the Europeans won comfortably 4-0, Rakitic and Mbia took the customary shirt-exchange to a new and unexpected level. The two players chose to exchange their shorts, under the disbelief of the people around them.

Both Rakitic and Mbia will leave Sevilla, with the Croatian signing with Barcelona and the African on his way back to QPR in...

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What does Spain's World Cup 2014 fiasco tell about Barcelona & Real Madrid next season?

Thursday June 19 2014,

Tags: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Spain

Spain suffered a humiliating exit from the World Cup and their terrible campaign will definitely have a bearing on how Real Madrid and Barcelona plan their next season.
Chile heaped further misery on a Spanish side which was still recovering from the wounds they suffered in the match against Netherlands. A 2-0 loss at the hands of Chile means that the World Champions are now officially out of the race to defend their title.

However it is important that Spanish clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona in particular take important lessons from their national team’s...

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Almighty Spain out of the World Cup: A curse of defending champions?

Thursday June 19 2014,

Tags: FIFA World Cup, World Cup 2014, Spain, Italy, France

After six years on top of the world, Team Spain has come back down crashing to the ground. Their World Cup 2014 group stage exit has millions of La Furia Roja fans in shock worldwide.
After their humiliating defeat against the Netherlands (5-1) in the opening game, the Spaniards have suffered yet another loss last night, 2-0 against Chile. Spain has thus become the fifth defending champions in history eliminated as early as the group stage (Italy 1950, Brazil 1966, France 2002, and Italy 2010), a page of history Vicente del Bosque's men would have rather avoided writing.


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The Bieber effect? Social media reactions after Spain is dumped out of the World Cup

Wednesday June 18 2014,

Tags: Spain, Chile, FIFA World Cup, World Cup 2014

Following Spain's elimination from the World Cup after losing to Chile, social media exploded with reactions to the shocking result.
In their first match, Spain faced off against the Netherlands in a replay of the 2010 World Cup final, and it was a game that many expected to be a closely contested one.

La Furia Roja had taken the lead, only to have Robin Van Persie equalize shortly before halftime with a amazing flying header, but no one was expecting the outcome of the second half.

The Oranje slaughtered the reigning...

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LINEUPS: Spain vs Chile - June 17, 2014 World Cup Match

Wednesday June 18 2014,

Tags: FIFA World Cup, World Cup 2014, Spain, Chile

The lineups for the anticipated clash between Spain and Chile are ready.
The second game of group B between Chile and Spain is already decisive for the defending champions. In fact, after being demolished by the Netherlands for 5-1, Spain could already say goodbye to the 2014 World Cup, if Del Bosque’s squad fails to win.

In order to achieve the necessary three points, le Furia Roja relies again on Diego Costa, despite his nervous opening game against the Dutch....

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LIVE streaming: Watch Spain vs Chile on TV and Online - June 18, 2014 FIFA World Cup Match

Wednesday June 18 2014,

Tags: Live Stream, TV Schedules, Live Scores, World Cup, Spain, Chile

Spain will be looking for a much improved performance after being at the receiving end of a 5-1 drubbing at the hand of Netherlands in their opening game.
Holland produced the shock of the tournament subjecting World Champions Spain to a humiliating 5-1 defeat, in a match Spain always looked second best. It was a game characterized by individual brilliance from some of the Dutch players who capitalized on every error their counterparts committed

Their horror performance means that there will definitely be a few changes when La Roja face Chile...

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THE ROBIN CRAZE: The "Persieing" trend still going strong ahead Australia v Netherlands

Wednesday June 18 2014,

Tags: FIFA World Cup, World Cup 2014, Netherlands, Australia, Spain

Although the Netherlands get geared up to take on Australia today, the whole world still has the famous Robin van Persie goal against Spain on their minds
It has been exactly four days to the day since Netherlands striker and captain Robin van Persie scored that beautiful leaping header against Spain en route to their 5-1 thrashing of the World Cup defending champions.

The Manchester United striker's first goal, one which brought Louis van Gaal's side level 1-1 on the 44th minute after La Roja took the lead from a Xabi Alonso penalty, sparked...

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Spain would be wrong to bench Casillas vs Chile, says Mourinho

After his abysmal performance in the Netherlands loss, many have been wondering whether Iker Casillas should be dropped, but former boss Jose Mourinho warns Spain against that
Spain's World Cup campaign started off with a bang but for all the wrong reasons.

The defending champions went through a nightmare 90 minutes after they were thrashed by Louis van Gaal's Netherlands side 5-1.

One man in particular was singled out in this historical loss; La Roja captain and most-capped player Iker Casillas.

The Real Madrid shot-stopper was at fault for the Dutch...

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Alexis Sanchez and five players to watch out for during today’s World Cup fixtures

18th June has in store a couple of exciting matches and we will see several star players in action as teams look to better their chances of qualifying to the next round.
Australia will face the high flying Netherlands side in the first fixture scheduled for today. The Dutch squad despite of being depleted in midfield and defensive areas displayed a phenomenal performance as they humbled Spain 5-1. They are expected to continue their fine form against Australia.

Spain will be looking for a swift response as they face a very talented Chile side who would be hoping...

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World Cup opinion: Del Bosque and Spain need fresh tactics for Chile clash

Wednesday June 18 2014,

Tags: World Cup, Spain, Chile

The World Champions were humbled by their World Cup 2010 final opponents and will need to come out with a better plan if they are to advance to the next round of the tournament.
The mighty Spanish team seemed a shadow of the side which quite dominantly clinched the Euro 2008 title and then followed it with the World Cup trophy two years later, on Friday when they faced Holland in their opening World Cup fixture.

Spain were outclassed by Netherlands who came out with a plan and completely shut out the Spanish players who were quite literally left helpless throughout...

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