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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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Barcelona Prepare Sensational Bid to Sign Marco Reus Then Loan Him Back for the Coming Campaign

Aug 20 2014 12:52pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Nou Camp side look to seal swift deal before lengthy transfer ban kicks in. Check in to FC Barcelona vs Elche CF Barcelona are lining up a sensational bid for Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus according to the Daily Express. The Nou Camp side had been linked with an interest in the German international but opted instead to use the lion's share of their transfer budget to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez but FIFA's decis ...
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FC Barcelona can compete for all titles this season - Andres Iniesta

Aug 20 2014 1:34am CDT | Source: Crunch Sports

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta believes the club can win every competition they enter this year. Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has been busy since taking charge at Camp Nou at the end of last season, making no fewer than six signings, including Luis Suarez, and most recently Thomas Vermaelen. En... Read the rest of the article hereClick he ...
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2 days ago

Real Madrid Transfer News: Toni Kroos Sale Reportedly Against Pep Guardiola Wish

Aug 19 2014 2:31pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Pep Guardiola and the headstrong Bayern Munich board have never seemed a completely comfortable fit. The two sides could now be heading for a major spat if extracts in a forthcoming biography about Guardiola are accurate. Spanish journalist Marti Perarnau has sent extracts of Herr Guardiola to the press as a teaser. Certain passages claim the Bundesliga club sold dynamic midfield playmaker Toni Kroos against Guardiola's wishes, per the Dai ...
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3 days ago

Iniesta: We’re ready, at this club we don’t understand patience

Aug 19 2014 2:30am CDT | Source: inside spanish football

Barcelona midfielder, Andres Iniesta was delighted following his side’s 6-0 Joan Gamper win over Club Leon on Monday evening and the vice-captain feels that his squad is ready to take on a long season. In his post-match interview, Iniesta spoke about the match and the desire to get the season off to a good start. […] ...
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3 days ago

Combined La Liga XI: New Names Upset Barcelona & Real Madrid Dominance

Aug 19 2014 12:03am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

The best starting XI of La Liga stars. With the Spanish Super Cup kicking off this week, and La Liga soon to follow, fans of Spanish football will be able to rejoice in the return of what many consider to be the greatest domestic league in the world. And with that, we thought it would be a good idea to take a closer look into what would make an ideal combined XI of pure La Liga brilliance. Check the results below. GK: Guillermo Ochoa - Malaga The Mexican international has ...
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(Video) Neymar Scores Exquisite Goal On Barcelona Return Against Leon

Aug 18 2014 2:47pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Brazilian finishes off a sublime Andres Iniesta pass. SEE MORE: Sexy WAG love triangle caused by Neymar break-up. Brazilian superstar Neymar made his return to action after the horrific back injury suffered against Colombia at the World Cup this evening, as Barcelona faced Mexican outfit Leon in a pre-season friendly. It didn't take long for him to make his mark, latching on to a superb through ball by Andres Iniesta and calmly lifting the ball over the advan ...
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Neymar is fit again, and looking awesome

Aug 18 2014 2:06pm CDT | Source: SBNation

After a back injury in the World Cup, Neymar looks his former self, one of the top soccer players in the world. Neymar had a nice little break post-World Cup because of a back injury, but he's back on the pitch for Barcelona a little faster than expected. He doesn't look rusty at all -- it only took him 11 minutes to set up a goal and score one of his own in a friendly against Club Leon. Here's the one he set up for Lionel Messi. ...
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5 days ago

Barcelona vs. Leon: How Barca Will Line Up in Joan Gamper Trophy

Aug 17 2014 1:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Barcelona take on Club Leon at Camp Nou in the Joan Gamper Trophy, the traditional curtain-raiser to the start the season. A whole day choc full of activities for all of the family is book-ended by a festival of football that is always a guaranteed sell-out. The reason? It's the time when the big guns traditionally return to pre-season action. Those supporters pining for Lionel Messi and Neymar to take their ...
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Luis Suarez Will See Major Boost from Extra Training with Barcelona

Aug 16 2014 4:54pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Barcelona took a big risk by adding Luis Suarez this summer, but a recent ruling will make his stay with the club much better. Over the past few seasons at Liverpool, the forward proved to be one of the top goalscorers in the world. However, it is impossible to overlook his other actions, which were on display at the World Cup. Playing for Uruguay, Suarez bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, marking the third s ...
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Luis Enrique's Key Tactical Decisions Before Luis Suarez Returns

Aug 15 2014 7:40am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Luis Suarez returns to Barcelona playing duty late in October when his biting suspension ends, but until then Luis Enrique has several tactical decisions to make. The first is what he's going to do with his forward line. It would be simple to use last year's selection, with Neymar on the left, Lionel Messi in the middle and Pedro on the right. Obviously Messi has his usual license to roam, leaving gaps for Neymar and for Pedro to exploit. However, ...
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