Spain Wiretap

Ansu Fati Called Up To Spain's U21 Side

Oct 11, 2019 11:41 AM

Spain's U21 side called up Ansu Fati as a replacement for Barcelona teammate Carles Perez.

"Carles Perez has left the Under-21 national team camp due to muscular problems, which would have prevented him from being available for the Montenegro vs Spain match in Euro 2021 qualifying," released the Spanish Football Federation in a statement.

The 16-year-old Fati could make his Spain debut against Montenegro this Tuesday.


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Sergio Ramos Wants To Represent Spain In 2020 Olympics

Oct 10, 2019 2:12 PM

Sergio Ramos has made it known that he wants to play for Spain in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The 2020 European Championship ends on July 12th, with the soccer portion of the Olympics beginning on July 22nd.

Spain have only won the Olympics once in their history, during the 1992 games in Barcelona. 


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Spain U17's Leave Ansu Fati Off Roster

Oct 9, 2019 1:28 PM

Ansu Fati has been left out of Spain's U17 roster ahead of the U17 World Cup.

His potential involvement had incited an uproar from Barcelona's camp.

"We understand that the best option for the boy is to stay and have the chance to play with a higher group in November," said Francis Hernandez, the sporting director for Spain's youth sides. 

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Ansu Fati Still Not Cleared To Represent Spain

Oct 3, 2019 2:27 PM

Ansu Fati is still waiting clearance from FIFA To represent Spain at the international level.

Fati, who will receive his Spanish passport, was initially expected to be called up for Spain during the U17 World Cup.

The 16-year-old Fati has two goals and one assist in six matches for Barcelona.

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Spanish FA Consider Ansu Fati For U21s, 2020 Olympic Team

Sep 27, 2019 11:47 AM

The Spanish FA may promote Ansu Fati to the U21s following an impressive string of performances for Barcelona.

Fati was rumored to play for the side during the U17 World Cup next month, although Barcelona have protested his inclusion.

The RFEF are now considering promoting Fati to a higher level, with an eye of putting him on the Olympic team next summer. 

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Barcelona, Spain Battle Over Potential Ansu Fati Call-Up

Sep 20, 2019 5:13 PM

Ernesto Valverde cautioned Spain against calling up Ansu Fati for next month's U-17 World Cup.

"He's still not been called up so we will see what happens. But it would be a setback because he's a player who's just coming into the first team and we don't know what will happen in that run of games [in October and November]," said Valverde.

Fati could miss up to five weeks if he were called up.

Fati is also eligible to play for Portugal and Guinea-Bissau.

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Ansu Fati To File Paperwork To Represent Spain

Sep 18, 2019 12:43 PM

Ansu Fati is set to represent the Spanish national team at the U-17 World Cup.

Ansu was born in Guinea-Bissau but is in the process of obtaining his Spanish nationality.

U-17 manager Gordo added that Fati could also represent the senior squad at some point next year.

"He's had such a spectacular and brilliant start that it may cross people's minds that that possibility [of Ansu being selected for senior team] could exist. But we have to be calm and let Ansu cover all the stages that correspond him. Tuesday's game was another experience to add [to his career] and a very positive one. He is quickly covering stages. We have to assimilate what he is achieving."

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Pablo Sarabia, Unai Nunez Earn First Spain Call Ups Of Career

Aug 30, 2019 5:35 PM

Pablo Sarabia and Unai Nunez were called up to the Spanish national team for the first time in their careers.

The 27-year-old Sarabia moved to PSG over the summer from Sevilla.

The 22-year-old Nunez previously starred for the U-21 side. 

Football Espana

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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. 

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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.

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Spanish Football Federation Parts Ways With Adidas
Adidas and Spain had a contract through the 2026 season.

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Spain To Hire Luis Enrique As Manager
Luis Enrique left Barcelona in May of 2017.

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Fernando Hierro Won't Continue As Manager Of Spain
Fernando Hierro took over as manager after Julen Lopetegui was fired on the eve of the World Cup.

The Guardian

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

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World Cup Snapshot: Spain 2, Morocco 2
Spain scored a late goal to tie Morocco and advance as the Group B winner.

RealGM Staff Report

World Cup Snapshot: Spain 3, Portugal 3
Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick saved a point for Portugal in an instant classic.

RealGM Staff Report

Spain Fires Julen Lopetegui As Manager Effective Immediately
Fernando Hierro will serve as manager for Spain at the World Cup.

The Guardian

Real Madrid Hires Julen Lopetegui As Manager
Julen Lopetegui will replace Zinedine Zidane.


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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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