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Spain need a point to seal World Cup berth (Preview)

Oct 14 2013, 5:50am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Oct 14 (IANS) It promises to be a happy homecoming for Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta as the reigning World Champions look to book their place in next summer's World Cup Tuesday.

Madrid, Oct 14 — It promises to be a happy homecoming for Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta as the reigning World Champions look to book their place in next summer's World Cup Tuesday. A point for the...

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Spain need a point to seal World Cup berth (Preview)

Oct 14 2013, 5:50am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Oct 14 (IANS) It promises to be a happy homecoming for Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta as the reigning World Champions look to book their place in next summer's World Cup Tuesday.

Madrid, Oct 14 — It promises to be a happy homecoming for Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta as the reigning World Champions look to book their place in next summer's World Cup Tuesday.

A point for the Spanish at home to Georgia (who have no chance of qualifying) will assure that Spain have a ticket to Brazil and the match in Albacete's Carlos Belmonte Stadium is extra special for Iniesta given that it takes place in what is virtually his home town.

The man who scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final to give Spain their first ever World Cup is from the area and has always maintained his roots there despite joining Barcelona when he was just eight years old.

Iniesta will form part of a starting 11 which pulled off a laboured 2-1 against Belarus in Mallorca Friday night to take them to the verge of qualification and thanks to their superior goal difference over second placed France, Spain could probably lose Tuesday and still be on the plane to Brazil.

However, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has some issues to settle in his starting 11. For starters, who is going to lead the Spanish attack.

Del Bosque opted to give a debut to Swansea forward Michu, who played as a false number 9 against Belarus and the experiment was not a total success as Spain laboured in front of goal, with their opening strike coming just after the hour, thanks to midfielder Xavi Hernandez.

Alvaro Negredo, a more typical centre forward made an impact as a substitute as he came on and scored the decisive second goal of the game. Negredo has now scored nine times for Spain and is pushing for a start, although his typical bustling play doesn't necessarily fit in with the touch style favoured by Del Bosque and his creative midfield.

Del Bosque also has an issue in goal where he decided to drop Iker Casillas in favour of Victor Valdes Friday. It was a surprise given the coach's previous support for the Real Madrid man, but also a logical decision given Valdes' early season form and the fact that Casillas is now substitute with his club. The question now is whether or not Del Bosque will stick with Valdes or bring Casillas back into the side.

Finally with central defenders Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique both carrying slight knocks, Del Bosque will have to consider playing Inigo Martinez in central defence, while Nacho Monreal continues at left back for the injured Jordi Alba, who will be out for six weeks with a torn muscle.

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Sergi Roberto and Barcelona Agree on New 5-Year Contract

Sep 17 2014 11:41am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Barcelona central midfielder Sergi Roberto has agreed a contract extension with the Catalan giants that will keep him at the club until 2019.   With his current contract set to expire next summer, the 22-year-old will sign his new five-year deal in the coming days, per the club's official website:FC Barcelona has reached an agreement with Sergi Roberto to renew his contract, which expires on June 30, 2015, until June 30, 2019. The release clause ...
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Barcelona Transfer News: Louis Enrique Must Find Way to Keep Xavi at Camp Nou

Sep 15 2014 3:59am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Barcelona are facing an increasingly difficult battle to keep longtime midfield maestro Xavi at the Camp Nou, and the Blaugrana have to do whatever they can to make sure the former Spain international doesn't leave the club in the summer. According to Mundo Deportivo (h/t to the Daily Star's Chisanga Malata), both Manchester United and Bayern Munich tried to pry the midfielder away from the Catala ...
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Why Lionel Messi Is Barcelona's Most Important Player in the Champions League

Sep 15 2014 2:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Lionel Messi is synonymous with Barcelona's assault on the Champions League each and every season, and it's churlish to look past him as Barca's main man in the competition again this time round. With 67 goals so far per UEFA.com, tied for second with Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi remains just four behind the all-time record set by Raul whilst at Real Madrid and Schalke. The leading scorer in the competition in 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12, Messi ...
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Chelsea Chasing 11-Year Old Football Prodigy Currently With Barcelona

Sep 10 2014 7:03pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Chelsea are hoping to sign Xavier Simons, 11, from Barcelona... Chelsea are looking into the possibility of signing 11-year-old footballing sensation Xavier Simons, who is currently part of the youth set-up at Barcelona. SEE ALSO: Best teenagers in world football (Hot WAG Gallery) Sexy pictures of Cristiano Ronaldo girlfriend Irina Shayk. Greatest football team of all time! Check out the best XI of the 21st Century Reports in Spain claim that Chelsea have made an offer to bring the Dutch midf ...
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Ryan Giggs: Manchester United Committed To Developing A New ‘Class Of 92′

Sep 10 2014 3:51pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Ryan Giggs has insisted Manchester United will develop their youth players... Manchester United coach Ryan Giggs has promised that the club will continue to develop their youth players, despite spending over £150m on imported stars this summer. SEE ALSO: Best teenagers in world football (Hot WAG Gallery) Sexy pictures of Cristiano Ronaldo girlfriend Irina Shayk. Greatest football team of all time! Check out the best XI of th ...
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La Masia specials! The top 5 Barcelona youth goals of the week [Video]

Sep 10 2014 5:29am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Barcelona’s La Masia youth academy is widely regarded as the best place to rear young footballers.The likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and countless more learned their trade in the famous institute.Each week the club upload the top 5 goals scored by players in their youth teams, with young Hugo Garcia taking top spot with a long range beauty.Number two, scored by Barcelona B was also an excellent goal. Bet £10 & Get £20 ...
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Why Ivan Rakitic Will Be the Best Under-the-Radar Signing in Europe

Sep 10 2014 1:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

When Ivan Rakitic decanted from Andalusia to pitch up at Barcelona, the pictures from his press conference must've hit Sevilla's fervent fanbase like a freight train. It's a sad fact of footballing life nowadays that only the top two or three sides in each league have the funds to be able to cherry pick the best talent and Rakitic, at just 26 years of age and in his footballing prime, certainly falls into that bracket. Captain supreme and ...
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Spain's Golden Years May Never Return but There Is a Silva Lining for Del Bosque

Sep 9 2014 9:01am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

It is impossible that Spain will reach the dizzy heights of the past six years ever again; we will never have the same players, the same urgencies—the perfect storm. But our easy 5-1 victory over Macedonia on Monday night showed the fans, the media, but principally the players and management themselves, that we are back on the right road again. Macedonia never looked like they would be the most difficult of op ...
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1 week ago

Why Ivan Rakitic Will Be Vital for Barcelona Challenging on All Fronts This Year

Sep 9 2014 6:30am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Times are changing at FC Barcelona. The arrival of new manager Luis Enrique, as well as several new faces, means the Catalans will be heading a fresh direction and the players must be ready to adapt. Legends like Xavi will be playing smaller role this year, and that means other stars must be ready to step up. While there is certainly pressure on several of the Blaugrana players, it is absolutely vital that new signings make their pre ...
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Barcelona stars feature in new club advert ft. Suarez, Messi, Neymar & more [Video]

Sep 9 2014 5:55am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Unsurprisingly, Barcelona want to put last season behind them after failing to win a trophy under Tata Martino.New manager Luis Enrique has given a boost to the Catalan giants, with the motto of the video being ‘Everything Starts Again’.The likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Neymar are joined by new mega signing Luis Suarez in the video.Can Barcelona fight off Real Madrid and claw back the La Liga title from Atletico?Amazing Offer For 101 Great Goals Users!EXCLUSIVE ODDS: 2/1 Italy t ...
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