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Spain, Portugal May Launch Joint Bid For 2030 World Cup

Jun 11, 2019 1:53 PM

Spain and Portugal are considering whether to launch a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup.

The two countries previously launched a bid for the 2018 World Cup that was ultimately awarded to Russia.

Spain had previously been rumored to launch a bid with Morocco, although the African country was not named in this current potential bid. 

BeIn Sports

Tags: Portugal, Spain, World Cup

Santi Carzola Receives Spain Call-Up At 34 Years Old

Jun 4, 2019 1:59 PM

Santi Carzola was called up to Spain's national team for 2 Euro qualification matches against the Faroe Islands and Sweden.

The 34-year-old hasn't played for the national team in 1,299 days.

Carzola didn't play for 2 years from 2013 to 2015 as he battled an ankle injury.

“Unthinkable. Playing a single game at a top level was a very long way off so imagine [playing for] the national team. This was difficult for me to take in: it’s unexpected after everything. Now I take it as a new challenge, a new hope. I’m here for purely sporting reasons. They said that to me: it’s what you bring,” Cazorla continued. “Maybe it’s more special in my case, because of the injury, but that’s not the reason I’m here although it could be an example for players my age: don’t give up," said Carzola.

Sid Lowe/The Guardian

Tags: Spain, IQ

Spanish Football Federation Parts Ways With Adidas

May 21, 2019 7:45 PM

The Spanish Football Federation ended their contract with Adidas despite having a deal through the 2026 season.

Spain will now look for a new jersey supplier. 

"The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) will today start a period of negotiations to close a deal with a new sportswear technical supplier. All those brands of the sector that decide [that they want to become the sponsor] will have the opportunity to contact the RFEF with the aim of being the next supplier of the [Spanish] national teams' kit, sports equipment, etc. [The agreement with Adidas] doesn't meet the criteria of legality, transparency and fairness that the RFEF considers minimally acceptable."

José Félix Díaz/Marca

Tags: Spain, IQ

Spain To Hire Luis Enrique As Manager

Jul 9, 2018 8:04 AM

Luis Enrique will be named manager of Spain.

Fernando Hierro, who stepped in as caretaker manager after Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup, announced on Sunday he was leaving the RFEF and would not revert to his role as football director.

Enrique left Barcelona in May of 2017.

Spain were eliminated in the Round of 16 of the 2018 World Cup.

Adriana Garcia/ESPN

Tags: Spain, Misc Rumor

Fernando Hierro Won't Continue As Manager Of Spain

Jul 8, 2018 12:38 PM

Fernando Hierro's tenure as interim manager of Spain has ended. Hierro also turned down the chance to return to his former role as sporting director.

Hierro has instead decided to “seek new horizons and undertake new professional challenges”, the RFEF said in a statement. 

Hierro took over as manager after Julen Lopetegui was fired on the eve of the World Cup.

“After walking many kilometres side by side, the Spanish Football Federation and Fernando Hierro have brought their relationship to an end following the conclusion of Spain’s campaign at the World Cup in Russia,” the RFEF said. “The most recent coach of the Spain national team has declined [the opportunity] to return to his previous position as RFEF sporting director and wishes to seek new horizons and undertake new professional challenges.

“The Federation would like to place on record its thanks to Fernando Hierro for his commitment and sense of responsibility, both in taking over the national team in extraordinary circumstances, and in the manner in which he has carried out all his functions at an organisation whose doors will always be open to him. The Federation would also like to highlight the professional and human values shown by an extraordinary sportsman to whom it wishes the best of luck for the future.”


The Guardian

Tags: Spain, Misc Rumor, World Cup

Andres Iniesta Announces Retirement From Spain

Jul 1, 2018 3:21 PM

Andres Iniesta has confirmed he has played his last match for Spain.

Iniesta said in May that he likely would retire from Spain after the World Cup.

"This was my last game for Spain," Iniesta told reporters. "A marvellous spell is over. Sometimes the end is not as you dreamed it."

Iniesta was Spain's fourth-most capped player, behind Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Xavi Hernandez.

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Tags: Spain, World Cup

World Cup Snapshot: Spain 2, Morocco 2

Jun 25, 2018 6:31 PM

What happened in one snapshot in the 2018 World Cup, Match 35, Group B: Spain 2, Morocco 2.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Spain, Infographic, World Cup

World Cup Snapshot: Spain 3, Portugal 3

Jun 15, 2018 5:48 PM

What happened in one snapshot in the 2018 World Cup, Match 4, Group B: Spain 3, Portugal 3.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Portugal, Spain, Infographic, World Cup

Spain Fires Julen Lopetegui As Manager Effective Immediately

Jun 13, 2018 8:05 AM

Spain has fired Julen Lopetegui as manager after he accepted the same position with Real Madrid.

Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales announced the decision.

He said: “We have been forced to dispense with the national coach. We wish him the best of luck.”

Fernando Hierro will serve as manager for Spain at the World Cup.

The Guardian

Tags: Real Madrid, Spain, Misc Rumor

Real Madrid Hires Julen Lopetegui As Manager

Jun 12, 2018 11:16 AM

Real Madrid have announced that Julen Lopetegui will take over as manager after the World Cup. Lopetegui became manager of Spain in 2016 to replace Vicente del Bosque.

Lopetegui will replace Zinedine Zidane.

Lopetegui most meaningful previous experience on the club level was with Porto.


Tags: Real Madrid, Spain, Misc Rumor

Alvaro Morata, Fabregas, Marcos Alonso Left Off Spain's WC Roster
Diego Costa is amongst Spain's forwards instead of Alvaro Morata.

Adriana Garcia/ESPN

Isco: I'm More Confident With Spain Than Playing Under Zidane
Isco's standing with Zinedine Zidane has varied over their tenure working together.

PA Sport

Javi Martinez Waiting To Hear Why Spain Left Him Off Roster
Javi Martinez played for Spain in the 2010 World Cup along with the 2012 Euro and 2014 World Cup.

Raphael Honigstein/ESPN

Spain Undecided On No. 9 For World Cup
Alvaro Morata and Diego Costa finished as Spain's top goal scorers in qualifying at five goals apiece.

Adriana Garcia/ESPN

Gerard Pique: Nobody Can Doubt Commitment To Spanish Team
Gerard Pique believes he can remain part of the Spanish team despite his position on Catalonia.

Gerard Pique Prepared To Quit Spanish National Team
Gerard Pique has long been a supporter of Catalan independence.

Samuel Marsden/ESPN

Pep Guardiola Interested In One Day Managing Spain
Pep Guardiola is interested in competing as a manager on the national level.

PA Sport

Sergio Ramos Asks Bernabeu To Not Boo Gerard Pique During Italy Match
Gerard Pique has become Barcelona's most hated player by Real Madrid supporters for his frequently outspoken comments.

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Spain, France, Italy, Portugal To Receive 2019 Copa America Invites
There is a growing desire among Conmebol chiefs to include the four "Latin" European countries.

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Pique Plans To Retire From Spain In 2018 After Latest Criticism
Gerard Pique is unpopular in some parts of Spain due to his support of independence for Catalonia.


Andres Iniesta Writes About Seeking Mental Health Help In Book
Andres Iniesta suffered the most difficult year of his life between winning the 2009 Champions League with Barcelona and the 2010 World Cup with Spain.

Sid Lowe/The Guardian

Julen Lopetegui Hired By Spain As Manager
Julen Lopetegui had been without a job since January after being fired by Porto, his only head coaching job with a major club.

Associated Press

Vincent Del Bosque Steps Down As Manager Of Spain
Vicente Del Bosque managed Spain to titles in the 2010 World Cup and 2012 Euros.


Alvaro Morata Leads Euros In xG+xA Per 90
Alvaro Morata has nearly 1.2 xG+xA/90 followed by Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil, Haris Seferovic and Marcelo Brozovic.

Michael Caley/SBNation

Pedro: Bench Role For Spain 'Not Worth' His Time
Pedro has played less than 10 minutes so far in the tournament as Vicente del Bosque has preferred Nolito and David Silva on the flanks.

Press Association

De Gea, Munain, Isco Accused Of Rape In 2012
According to El Pais, a police report allegedly links De Gea, Munain and Isco to the testimony, and they cite their police sources.


Spain Leaves Isco, Saul Off Euro 2016 Roster
Sergio Ramos, Juanfran, Lucas Vázquez and Koke were the final four players included, while Hector Bellerin replaced the injured Dani Carvajal.

Press Association

Spain Leaves Costa, Mata, Torres, Cazorla Off 25-Man Roster
Vicente Del Bosque has offered call-ups to Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez and Real Madrid's Lucas Vazquez.

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Belgium-Spain Friendly In Brussels Canceled
The Belgian FA released a statement indicating the decision was made in conjunction with its Spanish counterparts, and that it "deeply regretted" cancelling the match.


Spain Tried To Get Lionel Messi To Play For National Team
Lionel Messi made his debut for Argentina at the age of 18.

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