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Spain rediscover style for new World Cup challenge

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Madrid (AFP) – They may not be a top seed for Friday’s World Cup draw in Moscow, but the fresh blood added by coach Julen Lopetegui has put Spain back among the favourites for glory next July.

Early exits at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 appeared to show the sun was setting on Spain’s most successful generation after three consecutive major tournament triumphs at Euros 2008 and 2012 either side of La Roja’s only ever World Cup title in South Africa in 2010.

Spain rediscover style for new World Cup challenge

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Madrid (AFP) – They may not be a top seed for Friday’s World Cup draw in Moscow, but the fresh blood added by coach Julen Lopetegui has put Spain back among the favourites for glory next July.

Early exits at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 appeared to show the sun was setting on Spain’s most successful generation after three consecutive major tournament triumphs at Euros 2008 and 2012 either side of La Roja’s only ever World Cup title in South Africa in 2010.

Silva leads stylish Spain’s upturn in Israel win

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain remained well on course to book their place at the World Cup in Russia as David Silva conducted another clinical win over Israel, cementing the 2010 world champions’ upturn in fortunes under Julien Lopetegui.

After the routine 4-1 win in Gijon on Friday the former goalkeeper is unbeaten in his seven games as national boss since replacing veteran Vicente del Bosque.

Spain’s Busquets relishes England progress test

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London (AFP) Spain's friendly against England at Wembley on Tuesday presents an ideal opportunity to measure the team's progress under new head coach Julen Lopetegui, midfielder Sergio Busquets said on Monday.

Lopetegui was appointed in July following the retirement of Vicente del Bosque, who stood down after Spain followed up a group-stage exit at the 2014 World Cup with elimination in the last 16 at Euro 2016.

Spain’s Busquets relishes England progress test

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London (AFP) Spain's friendly against England at Wembley on Tuesday presents an ideal opportunity to measure the team's progress under new head coach Julen Lopetegui, midfielder Sergio Busquets said on Monday.

Lopetegui was appointed in July following the retirement of Vicente del Bosque, who stood down after Spain followed up a group-stage exit at the 2014 World Cup with elimination in the last 16 at Euro 2016.

‘Normal’ that Spain are Euro favourites: Silva

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Saint-Martin-de-Ré (France) (AFP) Manchester City midfielder David Silva believes it is "normal" that two-time defending champions Spain have been made the bookies' favourites after a scintillating start to their Euro 2016 campaign.

Vicente del Bosque's men have already secured their place in the last 16 after sweeping aside Turkey 3-0 on Friday after opening with a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.

‘Normal’ that Spain are Euro favourites: Silva

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Saint-Martin-de-Ré (France) (AFP) Manchester City midfielder David Silva believes it is "normal" that two-time defending champions Spain have been made the bookies' favourites after a scintillating start to their Euro 2016 campaign.

Vicente del Bosque's men have already secured their place in the last 16 after sweeping aside Turkey 3-0 on Friday after opening with a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.

Spain cruise to last-16 with Turkey win

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Nice (France) (AFP) Defending European champions Spain booked their place in the last 16 round of Euro 2016 on Friday with a convincing 3-0 win against Turkey in Nice.

Vicente del Bosque's men bossed the Group D tie from the kickoff, with a double by Juventus' Alvaro Morata and a first competitive international goal from Nolito sealing a comfortable win.

Spain cruise to last-16 with Turkey win

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Nice (France) (AFP) Defending European champions Spain booked their place in the last 16 round of Euro 2016 on Friday with a convincing 3-0 win against Turkey in Nice.

Vicente del Bosque's men bossed the Group D tie from the kickoff, with a double by Juventus' Alvaro Morata and a first competitive international goal from Nolito sealing a comfortable win.

Pique header hands Spain winning Euro 2016 start

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Barcelona defender Gerard Pique headed a late winner as defending champions Spain overcame a resolute and determined Czech Republic 1-0 in their Group D opener in Toulouse on Monday.

Spain's build-up to the tournament was rocked last week when reports claimed goalkeeper De Gea had been involved in a sex scandal.

Pique header hands Spain winning Euro 2016 start

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Barcelona defender Gerard Pique headed a late winner as defending champions Spain overcame a resolute and determined Czech Republic 1-0 in their Group D opener in Toulouse on Monday.

Spain's build-up to the tournament was rocked last week when reports claimed goalkeeper De Gea had been involved in a sex scandal.

Only Euro ‘three-peat’ satisfies Spain’s coach Del Bosque

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Madrid (AFP) Spain coach Vicente del Bosque insists La Roja must aim for a historic third straighte European Championship win despite their embarrassing exit as holders at the World Cup two years ago.

Del Bosque's men became the first side to retain the Euro title in Poland and Ukraine four years ago, but spectacularly crashed out after just two games at the World Cup after thrashings by the Netherlands and Chile.

Spain coach Del Bosque seeks vindication in Euro 2016 after Brazil bust

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Madrid (AFP) As a pot-bellied, softly-spoken, 65-year-old, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque can rarely be described as a man on a mission.

Yet he is determined to put right a disastrous World Cup two years ago when La Roja defend their European Championship title.

"The origin of everything is Brazil and the disappointment of Brazil," Del Bosque told AFP explaining why the Spanish public, so accustomed to success over the past decade, has failed to become enthused by its national team in the two years since Spain crashed out after just two games at the World Cup.

Euro holders Spain thump South Korea in friendly

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Paris (AFP) Alvaro Morata and Nolito both hit a brace as Spain warmed up for the defence of their European Championships crown by thrashing South Korea 6-1 in a friendly on Wednesday.

The Spaniards were slightly under-strength as coach Vicente Del Bosque rested players from Real Madrid and their city rivals Atletico following their exertions in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Euro holders Spain thump South Korea in friendly

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Paris (AFP) Alvaro Morata and Nolito both hit a brace as Spain warmed up for the defence of their European Championships crown by thrashing South Korea 6-1 in a friendly on Wednesday.

The Spaniards were slightly under-strength as coach Vicente Del Bosque rested players from Real Madrid and their city rivals Atletico following their exertions in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Spain hammer South Korea in Euro warm-up

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Paris (AFP) Holders Spain stepped up their preparations for the European Championships by smashing South Korea 6-1 in a friendly in Austria with Alvaro Morata and Nolito each hitting a brace on Wednesday.

The Spaniards were slightly under-strength as coach Vicente Del Bosque rested players from Real Madrid and their city rivals Atletico following their exertions in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Spain hammer South Korea in Euro warm-up

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Paris (AFP) Holders Spain stepped up their preparations for the European Championships by smashing South Korea 6-1 in a friendly in Austria with Alvaro Morata and Nolito each hitting a brace on Wednesday.

The Spaniards were slightly under-strength as coach Vicente Del Bosque rested players from Real Madrid and their city rivals Atletico following their exertions in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Spain go with Lucas, no Isco or Saul, for Euro 2016

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Salzburg (Austria) (AFP) Real Madrid midfielder Isco and Atletico's Saul Niguez on Tuesday missed the cut for Vicente Del Bosque's final 23-man Spain squad for Euro 2016 that does include Reals' Lucas.

"We tried to balance out the squad," Del Bosque said at a press conference at the Austrian city of Salzburg.

Spain go with Lucas, no Isco or Saul, for Euro 2016

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Salzburg (Austria) (AFP) Real Madrid midfielder Isco and Atletico's Saul Niguez on Tuesday missed the cut for Vicente Del Bosque's final 23-man Spain squad for Euro 2016 that does include Reals' Lucas.

"We tried to balance out the squad," Del Bosque said at a press conference at the Austrian city of Salzburg.

Nolito makes Spain Euros case with double

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Madrid (AFP) Celta Vigo forward Nolito strengthened his case for inclusion in Spain coach Vicente del Bosque's squad for Euro 2016 with his first two international goals in a 3-1 friendly win over BosniaandHerzegovina in Saint Gallen, Switzerland, on Sunday.

Del Bosque named an experimental side with no players from Champions League finalists Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid or those sides involved in domestic Cup finals last weekend, including Barcelona and Bayern Munich, other than out of favour Barca defender Marc Bartra.

Nolito makes Spain Euros case with double

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Madrid (AFP) Celta Vigo forward Nolito strengthened his case for inclusion in Spain coach Vicente del Bosque's squad for Euro 2016 with his first two international goals in a 3-1 friendly win over BosniaandHerzegovina in Saint Gallen, Switzerland, on Sunday.

Del Bosque named an experimental side with no players from Champions League finalists Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid or those sides involved in domestic Cup finals last weekend, including Barcelona and Bayern Munich, other than out of favour Barca defender Marc Bartra.

Champions Spain kick off Euro 2016 preparations

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Madrid (AFP) Two-time defending champions Spain kicked off preparations for Euro 2016 on Monday with a first gathering which included just eight of the 25 players called up by coach Vicente del Bosque for next month's tournament, with the others still tied by club commitments.

Among those attending the session at the Spanish federation's Las Rozas sports complex near Madrid were Chelsea players Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta, Athletic Bilbao's Aritz Aduriz and Mikel San Jose, Manchester City's David Silva, Villarreal's Bruno Soriano and Celta Vigo's Nolito.

Champions Spain kick off Euro 2016 preparations

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Madrid (AFP) Two-time defending champions Spain kicked off preparations for Euro 2016 on Monday with a first gathering which included just eight of the 25 players called up by coach Vicente del Bosque for next month's tournament, with the others still tied by club commitments.

Among those attending the session at the Spanish federation's Las Rozas sports complex near Madrid were Chelsea players Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta, Athletic Bilbao's Aritz Aduriz and Mikel San Jose, Manchester City's David Silva, Villarreal's Bruno Soriano and Celta Vigo's Nolito.

Del Bosque on why Arsenal and Chelsea stars didn’t make Euro 2016 squad

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Eyebrows were raised when Vicente Del Bosque named his 25-man preliminary Spain squad for Euro 2016 on Tuesday and Chelsea striker Diego Costa wasn’t included on the list.

Del Bosque has always backed Costa in both good and difficult times but he chose not to select the Chelsea striker ahead of a major tournament keeping the player’s recent injury problems in mind.

Costa, Torres omitted from Spain Euro 2016 squad

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Las Rozas de Madrid (Spain) (AFP) Chelsea striker Diego Costa was left out of Spain coach Vicente del Bosque's provisional 25-man squad for Euro 2016 on Tuesday.

The naturalized Brazilian missed Chelsea's last two games of the season due to a persistent hamstring injury and has struggled at international level with just one goal in 10 games since declaring to play for Spain in 2013.

Costa, Torres omitted from Spain Euro 2016 squad

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Las Rozas de Madrid (Spain) (AFP) Chelsea striker Diego Costa was left out of Spain coach Vicente del Bosque's provisional 25-man squad for Euro 2016 on Tuesday.

The naturalized Brazilian missed Chelsea's last two games of the season due to a persistent hamstring injury and has struggled at international level with just one goal in 10 games since declaring to play for Spain in 2013.

Vicente del Bosque plans to step down from Spain post after Euro 2016

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Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says he plans to step down from the post after Euro 2016 in France, according to extracts from his new book which were published on Friday.

"If everything goes as expected, after Euro 2016 I will leave the national team and the Spanish football federation.

Vicente del Bosque plans to step down from Spain post after Euro 2016

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Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says he plans to step down from the post after Euro 2016 in France, according to extracts from his new book which were published on Friday.

"If everything goes as expected, after Euro 2016 I will leave the national team and the Spanish football federation.

Man Utd Star Set For International Return

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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is set to make his first team return for his national team in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Macedonia later tonight in Skopje. De Gea last played for Spain in a friendly against Costa Rica in June.

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque admits Sergio Ramos wrong to question Chelsea pair Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa

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Manchester City

One star is biding his time before an

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One star is biding his time before announcing his future while several Premier League clubs continue to push for big signings.

Alexis Sanchez says he will reveal his future plans after the Confederations Cup. (REPORT)

Monaco has reportedly rejected Arsenal's€35million bid for Thomas Lemar.

Evening Ticker: Arsenal drops Man City; Del Bosque to retire from Spain; and more

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Despite its best efforts, Manchester City couldn't complete the comeback on Monday night against Arsenal.

The Gunners picked up a crucial three points after defeating Man City, 2-1, at the Emirates Stadium, closingthe gap with English Premier League leaders Leicester City to two points. As things stand, the Foxes sit atop the table with 38 points, while the Gunners trail with 36.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Pro rugby at PPL? Also, US faces T&T in WCQ, France returns NT in England for first game since Paris attacks

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Report says pro rugby team to call PPL Park home. US faces Trinidad and Tobago in qualifier. England-France friendly. More news.

Don’t blame Klinsmann for US’s shortcomings, by Simon Evans

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Jurgen Klinsmann is under-fire from his critics in the US once again, this time for his comments that some of his players didn't return from the long winter off-season in the shape he expects. Yes, remarkably it is Klinsmann who is being criticized, not the unfit players.

In most countries, statements such as Klinsmann's would lead to questions being asked of the players.

Don’t blame Klinsmann for US’s shortcomings, by Simon Evans

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Jurgen Klinsmann is under-fire from his critics in the US once again, this time for his comments that some of his players didn't return from the long winter off-season in the shape he expects. Yes, remarkably it is Klinsmann who is being criticized, not the unfit players.

In most countries, statements such as Klinsmann's would lead to questions being asked of the players.

The Rest

Two Spain managers called as witnesses in Villar corruption trial

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Madrid (AFP) – The current Spain manager Julen Lopetegui and his predecessor Vicente del Bosque have been summoned as witnesses in a corruption investigation into Angel Maria Villar, former head of the national football federation (RFEF).

The judge in the Spanish National Court responsible for corruption, summoned the two managers to a hearing on May 25, a judicial source told AFP on Thursday.

Tuesday Kickoff: Del Bosque, AC Milan, Ronaldo and more

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An important figure in Spain's brilliance over recent years has announced he'll step down from coaching, while AC Milan is ready to change hands from the top down.

Vicente del Bosque will end his eight-year tenure as the Spanish national team head coach at the end of July before taking on a new role within the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

SPAIN NATIONAL TEAM | VICENTE DEL BOSQUE STEPS ASIDE

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Veteran Spanish Boss Vicente Del Bosque Knocked To Ground After Accidental Clash With Linesman (Video)

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Thursday night saw two of the games giants, Italy and Spain, go head to head in Udine as the busy schedule ofinternational friendlies kicks in. The game ended 1-1, courtesy of goals from Azzurri wingerLorenzo Insigne and Spain strikerAritz Aduriz.

However, the clash also saw veteran World Cup winning boss Vicente Del Bosque knocked to the ground after a hefty (accidental) knock from a linesman.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa warned by Spain boss to tone down antics

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