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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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Iniesta hoping ban for new Barcelona teammate Suarez reduced

Jul 26 2014 3:26am CDT | Source: Tribalfootball.com

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Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta hopes new teammate Luis Suarez can see his four-month biting ban reduced. NO, This article does not meet Newsn ...
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Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta: “The Suarez ban is harsh and should be reduced” [Video]

Jul 25 2014 10:37am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Andres Iniesta And Eva Gonzalez Present 'Smurfs 2'
Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta say come out in support of his new teammate Luis Suarez saying that his ban was harsh and should be reduced. Suarez was banned from all football activity for four months by FIFA after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. He’s in line to make his debut in the first Clasico of the season in late October but Iniesta feels he should be allowed to play for the cl ...
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Iniesta hopes Suarez ban is reduced

Jul 25 2014 7:01am CDT | Source: football

Andres Iniesta And Eva Gonzalez Present 'Smurfs 2'
BarceIona midfielder Andres Iniesta hopes new team-mate Luis Suarezs suspension i ...
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Andres Iniesta Flattered To Be In Frame for Barcelona Captaincy

Jul 25 2014 5:44am CDT | Source: insidefutbol

Andres Iniesta And Eva Gonzalez Present 'Smurfs 2'
Andres Iniesta is flattered to be in the frame to become the new B ...
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Iniesta craving Barcelona captaincy

Jul 24 2014 8:08am CDT | Source: FOXSPORTSASIA.com

Andres Iniesta And Eva Gonzalez Present 'Smurfs 2'
Andres Iniesta has admitted that being named Barcelona captain would be the realisation of a "lifel ...
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Manchester United Youths Who Could Make Their Premier League Debuts This Season

Jul 24 2014 6:52am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Everton's manager, David Moyes celebrate
"If they're good enough, they're old enough," is a famous quote from Sir Matt Busby. His ideas about bringing through young talent form the foundations of Manchester United. The Busby Babes, with an average of just 22, won league titles and were on the brink of securing European glory before the tragic Munich Air Disaster. Busby rebuilt his team, again focusing on nurturing young players and allowing them to establish themselves in the first ...
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Samp's Campana looks to Iniesta

Jul 23 2014 11:05am CDT | Source: Football Italia

Andres Iniesta And Eva Gonzalez Present 'Smurfs 2'
New Sampdoria midfielder Jose Campaña is inspired by fellow Spaniards Xavi and And ...
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Will Spain's Poor World Cup Form Affect Barcelona's Core?

Jul 21 2014 6:45am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Andres Iniesta And Eva Gonzalez Present 'Smurfs 2'
Spain entered the 2014 World Cup looking to defend their title, but things could not have turned out more odd. La Roja were trounced in their opening match against the Netherlands, before losing to Chile and not even making it out of the group. As has been the case for a while now, a large fraction of Spain's World Cup squad was made up by Barcelona players—Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquet ...
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Louis van Gaal's Tour Squad Highlights Problems to Solve at Manchester United

Jul 18 2014 5:11pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Manchester United's Jesse Lingard (R)
Louis van Gaal announced his first Manchester United squad on Friday. He named the 25 players he'll take to the United States this summer for games against the LA Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.  With it, the Dutchman showed the trust he has in young players. But the group he picked also highlighted the gaps that need to be filled before the transfer window shuts. Asked this week about whether he's keen to promote youth team players at United, Van Gaal spoke with some caut ...
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Should Barcelona Consider the Double Pivot as an Alternative Tactical Variation?

Jul 17 2014 11:52pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Luis Enrique Unveiled As New Barcelona Coach
Barcelona have undergone significant and extensive regeneration over this summer period, with Luis Enrique really putting his stamp on the squad. After a season full of disappointment, much is expected of the manager and his staff, and the coming months will show us if the group has learned any lessons from the 12 months spent under Tata Martino. It's long been contended that Barca need a plan B to switch to if their natural passing and pr ...
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