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Friday, October 2, 2015

Spain Men's National Soccer Team News

October 2, 2015 - roster named for Luxembourg & Ukraine matches
  • Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)
  • Defenders: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Iñigo Martínez (Athletic), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
  • Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Bruno (Villarreal), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Isco (Real Madrid), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Thiago (Bayern Munich), Juan Mata (Manchester United)
  • Forwards: Nolito (Celta Vigo), Pedro (Chelsea), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), David Silva (Manchester City) and Paco Alcacer (Valencia)
September 8, 2015 - own goal off the post off the face for win over Macedonia
"FYR Macedonia 0-1 Spain. An own goal from goalkeeper Tome Pacovski helped La Roja stay top of Group C, as they moved within a victory of qualification for UEFA EURO 2016.... The section leaders' eighth-minute clincher came about in unusual fashion, with Pacovski opting to let a right-wing cross from Juan Mata pass over his head, only for the ball to rebound off the post behind him and hit him in the face as he turned to see its whereabouts." - UEFA

September 5, 2015 - Jordi Alba & Andrés Iniesta score in win over Slovakia
"Spain 2-0 Slovakia. Spain surged to the top of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group C with a convincing 2-0 win over previous leaders Slovakia, Jordi Alba and Andrés Iniesta scoring on a sparkling night of football in Oviedo.... Slovakia's liveliest player shot wide, though, and within moments regretted his miss still more as David Silva – terrific throughout – clipped a 20-metre chip right into the path of Jordi Alba and the full-back headed his sixth international goal.... Opportunities came and went but it was a counterattacking pass from Cesc Fàbregas to his Chelsea team-mate Diego Costa that opened up the head-to-head lead at the top of Group C. Costa dashed through and was clipped by Matúš Kozáčik and Iniesta was ice-cold in dragging his penalty to the goalkeeper's right for 2-0." - UEFA

August 28, 2015 - roster named for Slovakia & Macedonia matches
  • Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David De Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)
  • Defenders: Juanfran (Atletico), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Jordi Alba (Barcelona) and Juan Bernat (Bayern Munich)
  • Midfielders: Koke (Atletico), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Juan Mata (Manchester United), David Silva (Manchester City), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), Vitolo (Sevilla)
  • Forwards: Pedro (Chelsea) Paco Alcacer (Valencia), Diego Costa (Chelsea)
June 14, 2015 - David Silva scores in win over Belarus
"David Silva scored to give Spain a 1-0 win against Belarus in coach Vicente del Bosque's 100th match in charge on Sunday, as the two-time defending champion moved closer to qualifying for Euro 2016. Silva rewarded Spain's strong first-half performance with a goal just before the break, but Iker Casillas had to protect Spain's advantage with timely saves in the second half." - Yahoo

June 11, 2015 - Paco Alcacer & Cesc Fabregas score in win over Costa Rica
"Goals from Paco Alcacer and Cesc Fabregas saw Spain come from a goal down to beat Costa Rica 2-1 in a friendly on Thursday. The European champions made a slow start in Leon as Johan Venegas finished off a swift counterattack to put Costa Rica ahead inside five minutes. Paulo Wanchope's side were unable to consolidate the lead, though, as Spain soon turned on the style and Alcacer scored his fourth international goal in just six Spain appearances. Chelsea midfielder Fabregas then put the finishing touch on a well-worked move to deservedly put Spain in front on the half-hour mark and that proved to be the winner." - Goal

May 26, 2015 - roster named for Costa Rica & Belarus matches
  • Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)
  • Defenders: Juanfran Torres (Ateltico Madrid), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique, Marc Bartra (both Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Juan Bernat (Bayern Munich)
  • Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Nolito (Celta), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Isco (Real Madrid), Aleix Vidal (Sevilla), David Silva (Manchester City)
  • Forwards: Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Paco Alcacer (Valencia), Vitolo (Sevilla), Pedro (Barcelona)
March 27, 2015 - Alvaro Morata scores in win over Ukraine
"Alvaro Morata’s first-half goal gave Spain a valuable 1-0 victory over Ukraine in Group C of the European Qualifiers at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Spain dominated much of the game and ran Ukraine ragged in order to retain their 30-game unbeaten run at home in competitive matches. The home side took the lead in the middle of the first half when Koke laid in Morata to finish well past Andriy Pyatov." - Eurosport

March 23, 2015 - Juanmi called-up
"Amid injury concerns over Diego Costa, Málaga marksman Juanmi has been drafted into Vicente del Bosque's Spain squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Ukraine and the friendly against the Netherlands. The 21-year-old, whose full name is Juan Miguel Jiménez López, has long been viewed as a precocious talent - he made his first-team debut for the 'Blanquiazules' back in 2010, at the age of 16. He is enjoying a wonderful season and has notched up seven goals in 24 appearances." - MARCA
March 20, 2015 - roster call-ups for Netherlands & Ukraine matches
"Sergio Asenjo, Mikel San Jose and Vitolo are the new faces called up by Spain for matches against Netherlands and Ukraine next week. The Villarreal goalkeeper has successfully rebuilt his career at El Madrigal after spending several years in the wilderness at Atletico Madrid and replaces Kiko Casilla as La Roja’s third-choice glovesman. Elsewhere, San Jose has been picked as a midfielder, rather than a defender, and will be hoping to secure his second cap for La Roja, while Vitolo has played a starring role in Sevilla’s recent matches. Other notable inclusions are those of Mario Suarez, who takes advantage of injuries to numerous central midfielders, and Sergio Busquets, despite his ankle injury. Cesar Azpilicueta, however, is overlooked. Finally, Pedro Rodriguez has seen off a late challenge from Alberto Bueno to keep his place in attack, despite his lack of first-team action for Barcelona." - Football Espana

November 15, 2014 - Isco, Busquets & Pedro score in 3-0 win over Belarus
"Isco scored a sublime goal as Spain stayed three points behind leaders Slovakia in Group C of Euro 2016 qualifying with victory over Belarus. The Real Madrid midfielder opened the scoring when he curled the ball home from 18 yards in the 18th minute. Barcelona's Sergio Busquets drove in the second from outside the area almost straight from the restart. And club-mate Pedro completed the scoring when he smashed a shot high into the net from inside the box." - BBC

November 7, 2014 - roster updates, no Costa
"Chelsea striker Diego Costa was dropped from the Spain squad on Friday for the European Championship qualifier next week while he nurses a groin injury. 'Our doctors have been in contact with Chelsea's doctors and they have agreed it would be best for him to rest,' Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said. Del Bosque added Diego Costa's 'pain in his groin doesn't mean he won't play on Saturday' when Chelsea faces Liverpool in the English Premier League. He made six changes from his last squad, giving forwards Jose Callejon, Manuel "Nolito" Agudo, Alvaro Morata and midfielder Ignacio Camacho chances to make their national team debuts. Spain hosts Belarus in a qualifier for Euro 2016 on Nov. 15 in the southern city of Huelva. Three days later, Spain, the two-time defending European champion, hosts world champion Germany in a friendly in Vigo. Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho complained that Diego Costa wasn't fit because he was playing too much for Spain. The Brazilian-born striker missed four matches with a muscle injury for Chelsea after he played in Spain's last two European qualifiers in October." - USA Today

October 12, 2014 - Costa, Silva, Alcacer & Bernatscore in win over Luxembourg
"Diego Costa's long wait for an international goal ended when the Brazil-born forward netted the third goal in an uninspiring 4-0 win for Spain away to minnows Luxembourg in Euro 2016 qualifying Group C on Sunday. Costa had failed to find the net for his adopted country in six previous appearances but broke a duck lasting more than 500 minutes when he struck from close range in the 69th minute in a rain-lashed Luxembourg City. David Silva opened the scoring in the 27th minute with a fine long-range drive and set up Paco Alcacer to make it 2-0 three minutes before halftime before substitute Juan Bernat added the fourth two minutes from the end." - Yahoo

September 8, 2014 - David Silva leads the way in win over Macedonia
"Spain strolled to a comfortable 5-1 win over Macedonia on Monday to get off their European Championship defence off to an ideal start.... Silva had a hand in four of Spain's five goals, winning a penalty that defender Sergio Ramos converted for the opener before playing a crucial part in Valencia striker Paco Alcacer's debut goal at the home of local rivals Levante. Macedonia pulled one back through a Agim Ibraimi penalty but, although the Balkan outfit deserved a goal from a creditable performance, they were no match for the European champions. Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets made it three on the stroke of half-time with Silva getting the goal his performance merited five minutes after the interval to end the game as a contest. The gloss to a five-star performance came in the final minutes as Barca forward Pedro completed the rout by netting from another fine Silva pass." - Goal

September 5, 2014 - injured Diego Costa out, Munir El Haddadi added
"Chelsea striker Diego Costa has withdrawn from Spain's squad to face Macedonia, with young Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi replacing him. Costa struggled as Spain lost to a second-half goal from France's Loic Remy in a friendly on Thursday and it has now been revealed that suffered a hamstring injury.... The 19-year-old Munir has played just two official matches with the Barcelona team, both in La Liga. Versus Elche, in which he scored a goal, and against Villarreal. He played on Thursday against Hungary for Spain's under-21 side." - ESPN

September 1, 2014 - injured Andres Iniesta to miss next two matches
"Andres Iniesta has been withdrawn from Spain's squad for the matches against France and Macedonia after suffering a knee injury. The Barcelona midfielder missed Sunday's La Liga match at Villarreal, with club coach Luis Enrique confirming that the 30-year-old was experiencing 'some knee discomfort'. And the experienced playmaker has now been ruled out of Thursday's friendly in Paris and the visit of Macedonia for a Euro 2016 qualifier next Monday." - Sportal

August 27, 2014 - Xabi Alonso retires
"Xabi Alonso has announced his retirement from international football. The official Twitter account of the Spanish national side announced the news on Wednesday afternoon. The Real Madrid midfielder, 32, amassed 114 international caps and contributed 16 goals. He won two European Championships and a World Cup, providing unforgettable memories such as his two goals that helped Spain beat France in the Euro 2012 semi-final on his 100th international appearance. His debut came on April 30, 2003 under manager Iñaki Sáez and his final game came against Australia in this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. 'The hardest thing is knowing when to say goodbye, and after thinking about it, my time with the national squad has come to an end'." - as

August 5, 2014 - Xavi retires
"Midfielder Xavi has announced his retirement from international football. The Barcelona player, 34, was part of the teams that won successive major tournaments at Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and Euro 2012. 'I have decided to retire from international football,' Xavi told a press conference on Tuesday. 'I’m grateful for all those years. It has been a fantastic time. From now on I’m another fan of the Spain team. I’m grateful to everybody at the Federation (RFEF), it’s been a marvellous time for me to be there for so many years and have so much success. I’m leaving very proud and I wish them all the best.' Xavi made his international debut in 2000, the same year as he helped Spain win an Olympic silver medal in Australia." - The Guardian

June 23, 2014 - Villa, Torres & Mata score in win over Australia
"Dethroned champions Spain bowed out of the World Cup with a 3-0 win over Australia thanks to goals from David Villa, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata in Curitiba on Monday. Villa, who is next set for a three-month spell in Australia with Melbourne City, became the fourth Spanish player to score in three World Cups when he backheeled home Juanfran's cross for his 59th international goal in his 97th and final appearance for La Roja nine minutes before half-time....Andres Iniesta then marked his 100th cap for his country with a lovely through ball for Torres to double Spain's advantage on 69 minutes before Mata slotted home a third eight minutes from time. Victory means Spain finished third in Group B behind Chile and group winners the Netherlands, whilst Australia slipped to a third consecutive defeat." - Yahoo

June 23, 2014 - Xabi Alonso not ready to discuss retirement
"Midfielder Xabi Alonso has refused to confirm whether he will retire from international football following la Roja’s dismal World Cup campaign. The holders became the first team to be eliminated in the group stage of this year’s tournament – and only the fifth defending champions to fall at this hurdle – following back-to-back defeats against Holland (5-1) and Chile (2-0). Alonso was criticised in his homeland after he said his team-mates lacked the hunger to want to retain their title in Brazil – a comment that reportedly did not go down well with his compatriots. The Real Madrid defensive midfielder dismissed the rumours but refused to talk about his future with Spain, after reports suggested that the 32-year-old would retire following the tournament – a decision he supposedly made prior to the competition. 'I'm still not at that stage where I want to decide. What I want is, unfortunately, to finish this World Cup, go on vacation, disconnect a bit and then do one thing at a time,' Alonso told Onda Cero." - Goal

June 7, 2014 - David Villa scores twice in win over El Salvador
"After a goalless first period in Maryland where Fabregas squandered an early chance from the penalty spot, Villa secured a 2-0 victory for the World Cup holders with his first goal just after the hour mark, before wrapping up the win late on. Villa headed in from close range from a Sergio Ramos knock-down just after the hour mark. And after Spain squandered several chances to put the result out of sight, Villa sealed the win with a strike from the middle of the penalty area three minutes from the end. Striker Diego Costa, who was forced off the pitch during the Champions League final between Atletico Madrid and Spanish rivals Real Madrid with a hamstring problem, started the match up front." - Sky Sports

June 4, 2014 - David Villa to retire from international play
"Striker David Villa has announced he plans to retire from international football after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. The 32-year-old, a UEFA EURO 2008 and South Africa 2010 winner with La Roja, is his country's all-time leading scorer with 56 goals. 'I don't like to say farewell, but obviously this World Cup will be my last games for Spain,' he said on Spanish television channel Cuatro. 'Given my age, my level of performance, and everything I have given the team, it is time. Now I want to enjoy it from the first day, have a great World Cup, and why not try to get another title?' Villa was announced as newly formed Major League Soccer club New York City FC's first signing on Monday, joining on a three-year deal from Atletico Madrid." - FIFA

May 31, 2014 - World Cup roster named
  • Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)
  • Pepe Reina (Napoli)
  • David De Gea (Manchester United)
  • Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
  • Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba (Barcelona)
  • Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
  • Juanfran (Atletico Madrid)
  • Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich)
  • Raul Albiol (Napoli)
  • Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
  • Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona)
  • Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
  • Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona)
  • Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid)
  • David Silva (Manchester City)
  • Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
  • Koke (Atletico Madrid)
  • Juan Mata (Manchester United)
  • Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid)
  • David Villa (Atletico Madrid)
  • Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona)
  • Fernando Torres (Chelsea)
May 30, 2014 - Torrers & Iniesta score in win over Bolivia
"Goals from Fernando Torrers and Andres Iniesta gave Spain a 2-0 victory over Bolivia in Sevilla on Friday night.... Spain hit the front six minutes into the second half, Torres calmly sending his spot-kick down the middle after Luis Gutierrez was adjudged to have pushed Martinez inside the area....Apzilicueta also side-footed a deep cross from Alberto Moreno into the side netting, but Spain's win was wrapped up thanks to Iniesta's curling strike before Sergio Busquets hit the bar with a minute remaining. Iniesta, on as a half-time substitute for Juan Mata, sealed victory six minutes from time, driving forward into space and bending a precise effort in off the right-hand upright." - Goal

May 27, 2014 - Diego Costa injury update
"A doctor treating Diego Costa for a hamstring injury said the striker has a muscle tear that needs to be reassessed in 15 days, raising doubts about his chances of making Spain's World Cup squad. Pedro Guillen of the Cemtro clinic told the Cadena Cope radio station on Tuesday that the 25-year-old Brazil-born player had a 'grade one tear to the femoral biceps of his right leg,' and would need 15 days convalescence before his injury could be re-evaluated. 'Costa is still carrying the injury, a micro-tear,' said Guillen, who examined the forward. Spain's opener in Brazil is June 13 against the Netherlands. The injury rules Costa out of Spain's pre-World Cup friendly matches against Bolivia and El Salvador." - Sports Illustrated

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