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Fernandes strike sinks Spain

Posted Thursday, June 17, 2010 by PA48 hits

Switzerland stunned European champions Spain in the first big upset at the World Cup with a narrow 1-0 win in the teams' Group H opener in Durban. Despite the Spaniards dominating possession, the Swiss took a surprise lead in the 52nd minute with Gelson Fernandes firing past goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Spain's Xabi Alonso was denied by the crossbar in the 71st minute as his team wasted a h...Full Story »

Fernandes strike stuns Spain

Posted Wednesday, June 16, 2010 by PA36 hits

Switzerland stunned European champions Spain in the first big upset at the World Cup with a narrow 1-0 win in the teams' Group H opener in Durban. Despite the Spaniards dominating possession, the Swiss took a surprise lead in the 52nd minute with Gelson Fernandes firing past goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Spain's Xabi Alonso was denied by the crossbar in the 71st minute as his team wasted a hatful ...Full Story »

Spain eager to light up World Cup

Posted Wednesday, June 16, 2010 by PA80 hits

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque heads into his team's opening Group H game against Switzerland on Wednesday believing South Africa's tournament can still be remembered as the best World Cup of all time. Del Bosque said he and his players are determined to help make the tournament a success so the people in the host country, and all of Africa, have something to be proud of. He said: "We ha...Full Story »

Iniesta set for Spain’s opener

Posted Wednesday, June 16, 2010 by YAHOO Sport114 hits

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA(AP) —Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta likely will be available for the Group H match against Switzerland after taking part in a full training session. Iniesta took the field at Moses Mabhida Stadium for the 60-minute session Tuesday, a day after completing his first full practice for the European champions since injuring his right leg in a 6-0 win over Poland last week...Full Story »

Silva keeps his focus on Spain

Posted Saturday, June 12, 2010 by PA80 hits

David Silva insists his thoughts are focused solely on Spain's World Cup campaign and not on where he might be playing his club football next season. The highly-rated Valencia midfielder, who will be hoping to be part of Spain's starting line-up for their opening match in South Africa against Switzerland on Wednesday, has long been the subject of intense transfer speculation and this summer has...Full Story »

Ruthless Spain hammer Poland

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by PA45 hits

Fernando Torres made a scoring return from injury as Spain thrashed Poland 6-0 in their last warm-up match before departing for the World Cup. Torres came on after 66 minutes and showed no ill effects from the injury which had seen him miss the end of the season with Liverpool, but Andres Iniesta went off with a thigh problem in the first half. Barcelona midfielder Iniesta brilliantly se...Full Story »

Navas gives Spain victory

Posted Friday, June 04, 2010 by PA65 hits

Jesus Navas struck a stunning winner as Spain left it late once again before recording a narrow 1-0 World Cup warm-up victory over South Korea. Five days after Fernando Llorente's injury-time effort earned Spain a 3-2 win over Saudi Arabia, Navas popped up four minutes from time to slam an unstoppable 25-yard effort into the top corner of the net for the only goal of the match in Innsbruck....Full Story »

Int'l Friendly: Spain - South Korea

Posted Thursday, June 03, 2010 by Goal.com417 hits

La Furia Roja will want to cement their status as one of the World Cup favourites when they meet the Taegeuk Jeonsa... Kick Off: Thursday, June 3, 2010. 18:00 CETTivoli Neu, Innsbruck, Austria Saudi Scare Spain remain one of the outstanding favourites to claim the World Cup this summer, having shaken their reputation for big tournament flopping in magnificent style by claiming Euro 2008 two...Full Story »

Spain’s Marchena sets mark with 50 unbeaten games

Posted Sunday, May 30, 2010 by YAHOO Sport52 hits

Spain defender Carlos Marchena has set a new record of 50 straight games without defeat in Spain’s 3-2 victory over Saudi Arabia in a World Cup warmup. Marchena overtook Brazil great Garrincha, who was unbeaten in 49 consecutive matches from 1955-66. Marchena is not a regular starter for the European champions and came on as a substitute for Sergio Ramos in the 61st minute Saturday. Spa...Full Story »

Spain 3-2 Saudi Arabia

Posted Sunday, May 30, 2010 by Goal.com253 hits

The Athletic Bilbao forward's late header handed the win to Del Bosque's sloppy side... An injury time winner from Fernando Llorente gave Spain a 3-2 win over a resolute Saudi Arabia side in this afternoon's World Cup warm-up match. Osama Hawsawi have given the Saudis a shock lead, but goals from David Villa and Xabi Alonso edged La Roja into the lead. Al Namre's freak goal brought the score...Full Story »

Torres returns to Spain training

Posted Friday, May 28, 2010 by teamtalk.com58 hits

Fernando Torres has taken another step towards recovering from injury by training with Spain's World Cup squad for the first time.. The Liverpool striker underwent knee surgery last month and was back in action on Thursday at Spain's training camp just outside Madrid. Torres had surgery on damaged cartilage in his right knee and his recovery is slightly ahead of schedule. The 26-year-old...Full Story »

Torres boost for Spain

Posted Friday, May 28, 2010 by PA57 hits

Fernando Torres handed Spain a lift on the eve of their departure for a World Cup training camp in Austria by working with the rest of the squad for the first time since knee surgery. The Liverpool striker went under the knife on April 18 to repair torn cartilage in his right knee and appears well on target to return inside the six-week rehabilitation period forecast by his doctors. The 26-yea...Full Story »

Torres aims for Spain opener

Posted Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by PA46 hits

Fernando Torres is optimistic about his chances of being fully fit for the start of Spain's World Cup campaign. The Liverpool striker underwent an operation on torn cartilage in his right knee in April but insists the recovery is going well and suggests he is on target to be available for Spain's opening match in South Africa, which is against Switzerland on June 16. Torres, who also underwent...Full Story »

Spain begin final preparations without Torres

Posted Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by AFP130 hits

European champions Spain trained without star striker Fernando Torres in their first group training session on Monday as they prepare for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ finals, which run from June 11 to July 11 in South Africa. Torres, who scored the winning goal when Spain won UEFA EURO 2008 against Germany, trained on his own as he continues his recovery from undergoing a second operation i...Full Story »

Venables backs Brazil and Spain

Posted Saturday, May 22, 2010 by PA64 hits

Former England and Barcelona manager Terry Venables believes Spain and Brazil are the favourites to lift the World Cup this summer. The Englishman, while believing his home country can be contenders in South Africa, admits that the experience of winning international tournaments will give the five-time winners and the reigning European champions the edge. He said: "Brazil know how to win these...Full Story »

Spanish Inquisition: Fabregas, Torres, Xavi, Iniesta - Are Spain’s Injuries Cause For Worry?

Posted Saturday, May 08, 2010 by Goal.com126 hits

Whether La Seleccion should begin to worry with so many star players falling to injury so soon before South Africa. The World Cup is just five short weeks away and the planet’s temperature is beginning to rise not only with the phenomenon of global climate change, but also with Football Fever. Commercials and advertising events are beginning to increase in frequency and K’NaanR...Full Story »

Brazil overtake Spain to top Fifa world rankings

Posted Thursday, April 29, 2010 by The Independent115 hits

Brazil have replaced Spain at the top of the world rankings in the latest FIFA list released today. The Selecao's rise up the order brings an end to Spain's five-month stint at the summit, with the European champions shuffled back into second place. Other moves inside the top 10 see Argentina rise two places to seventh, while Portugal are up to third - their highest ever position since the l...Full Story »

Spain are the danger in World Cup, says Fabio Capello

Posted Tuesday, March 30, 2010 by theguardian.com91 hits

Fabio Capello fears the threat of the European champions this summer. Fabio Capello has pinpointed Spain's strengths ahead of the World Cup, believing their confidence makes them hard to beat. The European champions are the bookmakers' favourites to win this summer's competition in South Africa and Capello can understand why they are highly fancied. He explained in an exclusive interview wit...Full Story »

Spanish Inquisition: Pedro, Guti, Canales - Who Will Make Spain's World Cup Squad?

Posted Friday, March 19, 2010 by Goal.com144 hits

The anticipation for the 2010 World Cup will grow exponentially as the days till the big kick off on June 11 fall from the calendar. Coaches are making their final preparations, and are narrowing their shortlist of individuals who can make a late break for the final selections. In the case of Vicente del Bosque and Spain, the majority of his 23-man squad can rest easy knowing their place is sec...Full Story »

Spanish Media Strike Puts Broadcast Of France-Spain Match At Risk

Posted Thursday, March 04, 2010 by YAHOO Sport60 hits

A strike by a labour union for Spanish media conglomerate RTVE has put the broadcast of Spain's friendly match against France in Paris at risk as Spaniards across the Iberian Peninsula could be unable to watch their team take on Les Bleus in a duel of world football heavyweights. As reported by Marca, at the moment there is no agreement between the two sides, even for a provisional broadcast of...Full Story »

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