2013 Under-21 European Championship Best XI is a post from: Just Football
The UEFAEuropean Under-21 Championships have been graced in the past by the likes of Mesut Ozil, Juan Mata, Andrea Pirlo and Luis Figo and judging from some of the action this last fortnight, some of the crop of 2013 will be added to that illustrious list in the years to come.
Spain's reign of trophy plundering terror continued by beating Italy in the European U-21 Championship final to defend their title. The latest addition to Spain's silverware stockpile comes almost two weeks shy of the one-year anniversary of the Spain senior team's 4-0 win against Italy in the Euro 2012 final.
FIFA U21 Hafltime For Azzurrini In Final Against Spain is a post from: Serie A Weekly FIFA U21 Hafltime For Azzurrini In Final Against Spain is a post from: Serie A Weekly Euro u21 2013 Final : Italy v Spain In a repeat of the Euro 2012 final, Spain take on Italy in the Euro 2013 u21 final in Jerusalem on Tuesday evening.
After Brazil's impressive 3-0 victory against Japan yesterday, we have a double treat on hand today as Mexico plays Italy (2:30pm ET, ESPN/WatchESPN) and Spain faces Uruguay (5:45pm ET, ESPN/WatchESPN).
In the first match today, Mexico battles Italy at the Maracana, the rebuilt stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Both Arsenal and Juventus have been strongly linked to Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain this summer. The Argentinian has seemingly deemed it time to move on from Madrid, though, with no manager at the helm currently, his future does seem up in the air.
Arsene Wenger has reportedly been given an incredibly large war chest to spend in this summer's transfer window.
The Confederations Cup is on! While it promises to be one of the most interesting Confederations Cup ever, the opening match between Brazil and Japan was a disappointment. Brazil did just what they had to do to defeat a poor Japanese side 3-0. While the Japanese were indeed a huge disappointment one did not have the feeling that Brazil was feeling comfortable.
This year's Confederations Cup in Brazil starts with one of the best matchups in the draw: Uruguay vs. Spain; the defending Copa America champions versus the World Cup and two-time defending European Cup champions. With star studded lineups on both ends of the pitch, this match is sure to be a fantastic spectacle of football and one that will hopefully get the world even more excited for next summer's World Cup.
Confederations Cup preview: Spain, Brazil and Italy favourites - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The 2013 Confederations Cup kicks off this weekend in Brazil, with a number of the favourites for next year's World Cup taking part. The mini-tournament only features eight teams, but the hosts, Spain and Italy will look to flex their muscles ahead of the real event next summer.
The group stage of the UEFA Euro Under-21 Championships has come to a close and the semifinal matchups that will begin Saturday, June 15th have been set. The matchups were decided based on how each team finished in their groups: the winner of Group A, Italy, will play the team that finished in second in Group B, Netherlands, while the Group B winners, Spain, will play Group A's second-placed side, Norway.
Confederations Cup Recap: Spain's First Performance is a post from: Serie A Weekly Confederations Cup Recap: Spain's First Performance is a post from: Serie A Weekly Spain eased past Uruguay in their first match in Group B of the FIFA Confederations Cup. The 2-1 score line fails to reflect Spain's dominance of the game as they were comfortable throughout and went 2-0 up in the first.
12 June 2013 2014. We're one year away from the best month, the one month that comes around every four years.The World Cup kicks off in 365 days. *Takes a deep breath, falls out of chair from excitement*
Although South Africa feels like it was just yesterday, today marks one year until the opening game of World Cup 2014. Brazil is gearing up to host the 20th FIFA World Cup, with the first game in Sao Paulo on 12th June 2014, and qualifiers have been taking place around the world this last week as the road to the finals heats up.
Arsene Wenger is apparently considering a transfer move to sign a fourth Spanish player for Arsenal this summer. There seems to be a conveyor belt of talent coming from Spain at the minute, and the three Spaniards that the Gunners have signed in recent years have certainly not let the manager down.
As Brazil continues to host the Confederations Cup, Premier League teams will have a number of their scouts in the country searching for new players to sign, while also keeping an eye on their own players. Ten years ago, there were hardly any Brazilians and Spaniards in the Premier League, but nowadays almost every team in the top four has at least a Spaniard in their ranks.
Iago Aspas now of Liverpool (Aspas official Twitter)
Liverpool have confirmed their second signing of the summer transfer window under Brendan Rodgers according to Goal.Com. The Merseyside club already have brought in defensive new comer Kolo Toure on a free transfer from Manchester City, but Iago Aspas is their first purchase outlay.
Spain silence the doubters with imperious display - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Since Barcelona's 7-0 aggregate defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals last month, football in Spain has been written off by many as yesterday's news, with Germany now the fashionable country to admire in terms of footballing philosophy.
Spain may be at the pinnacle of world football at the moment, but there's one title they've yet to win and that's the "Yours Sincerely" of all tournaments now, the Confederations Cup!
After their opening 2-1 victory over Uruguay last night, however, Uncle Del Bosque believes that the Gods of Futbol have offered them a fresh impetus at actually winning the title beneath Brasil's noses (who are we kidding here?
Video- Luis Suarez goal vs Spain Suarez free kick Confederations Cup 2013 is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Video- Luis Suarez goal vs Spain Suarez free kick Confederations Cup 2013 is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter This superb Luis Suarez free kick vs Spain ( VIDEO BELOW) was Uruguay's first of the 2013 Confederations Cup.
The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup has kicked off and world football giants Spain and Uruguay will face off this Sunday in Recife, Brazil. The two sides are in Group B and will be expected to advance past the group stages in a rather weak group, including Nigeria and Tahiti.
Spain, the first place team in the FIFA World Rankings, have won Euro 2008, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2012 and will be looking to add yet another international title to their impressive trophy case.
There isn't anything interesting happening these days on the club football front but the next most interesting thing is about to come up: the Confederations Cup – and its starts this weekend. It's a small, 2-group tournament that ‘in theory' features the best international teams of their respective FIFA geographic region.
Spain U21 vs Norway U21 Highlights Euro 2013 3-0 Semifinal Morata Isco Rodrigo Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Spain U21 vs Norway U21 Highlights Euro 2013 3-0 Semifinal Morata Isco Rodrigo Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Spain vs Norway U21 ( Espana Norway Euro U21 2013 VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Spain vs Norway U21 3-0 ( Morata, Isco, Vazquez) Euro U21 2013 Semifinal- [.
The English Premier League have had several clubs looking to make a move for Barcelona striker, David Villa for quite some time. Since the player broke his leg at the FIFA World Club Cup almost 18 months ago, there has been much speculation that he is not in the current plans for Barcelona. As the meteoric rise of Lionel Messi continued with his goal scoring exploits threatened every record in the books, Villa became almost a forgotten forward in Catalonia.
Fabio Borini scored Italy's second, but it was too little too late against a Spain side that had all but wrapped up the U21 Euro final on the strength of a Thiago Alcantara first-half hat-trick. A final that, outside of the opening ten minutes, went about as expected, with Spain dominating en route to a 4-2 victory and their second straight Euro U21 final.
Today's soccer action will feature the Confederations Cup on ESPN, with Mexico kicking the afternoon off when they face Italy.
Mexico has been in poor form this year, winning only a single match out of seven so far. Good production from star striker Javier Hernandez, who has only scored twice for his national team so far this year, is critical if Mexico have any hope at winning the tournament.
Malaga star Isco has been grabbing the attention of a number of top European scouts of late, but it appears that his likely destination is either Real Madrid or following his manager Manuel Pellegrini from Malaga to Manchester City. Unfortunately for both Real and City, Isco is having a mighty fine U21 European Championships, which [.
"More Than A Club" is the well-known motto of one of the biggest clubs in the world, FC Barcelona, but outside of Spain there is not as much publicity and discussion of what that phrase really means, or how it relates to the club. Having followed the team for years before, living in Barcelona the last five months gave me a true appreciation and understanding of what exactly is meant by more than a club.