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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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La Masia Golazos! Barcelona youth team goals of the week!

Oct 22 2014 9:34am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

We saw once again on Tuesday evening, the players that come through the Barcelona youth system.Barcelona coach was able to bring on the likes of Munir, Rafinha and Sandro Ramirez, who scored the third goal against Ajax, on top of the likes of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta who started the match.See the best Barcelona youth team goals of the week above – its all about the assists!Adama Traore for Barcelona B looks like some player!!!Liverpool v Real Madrid – EX ...
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Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Biggest X-Factors in Saturday's El Clasico

Oct 21 2014 5:50pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The first El Clasico of the 2014-15 season brings with it a number of intriguing storylines, with Real Madrid hosting Barcelona on Saturday and hoping to claw back the Blaugrana's La Liga lead. Luis Enrique's men are currently three points clear at the table's summit, and should they earn a home victory this weekend, they will extend that advantage even more. Heading into such a promising tie, we examine ...
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(Video) Barcelona 3-1 Ajax: Spanish Giants Survive Late Scare To Claim Victory

Oct 21 2014 4:43pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Barcelona move four points clear of Ajax in second place in their group... Barcelona survived a late scare to claim a crucial three points against Ajax. Goals from Neymar and Lionel Messi had the Catalans in control early on, before Anwar El Ghazi pulled one back with two minutes left. But as the Dutch side pushed forward, so substitute Sandro clinched the 3-1 result. SEE MORE: Neymar Goal - Barcelona get off to the perfect start Didier Drogba Scores - Blues double their lead Loic Remy ...
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Barcelona vs. Ajax: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

Oct 21 2014 4:18pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Barcelona dominated Ajax at home but gave the Dutch side a chance to tie it late. The Catalans held on, though, for a 3-1 win during Tuesday's UEFA Champions League action. The hosts started the match in predictable manner, immediately dominating possession, but the opening five minutes passed without either side truly exploring the deep areas. That all changed after seven minutes, as the Blaugrana took an early lead through Neyma ...
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3 things we learned from Barcelona's 3-1 win over Ajax

Oct 21 2014 3:42pm CDT | Source: SBNation

It was comfortable for much of the match then nervy at the end for Barcelona. Barcelona thad a bit of a nervy night at the Camp Nou, but came away 3-1 winners over Ajax to keep pace with Paris Saint-Germain in Group F. It was a comfortable night for the Catalans until the 88th minute when Ajax pulled within a goal, but Sandro scored late and, combined with goals by Lionel Messi and Neymar, sealed the v ...
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(Video) Best Champions League Player Ever? Lionel Messi Scores Again For Barcelona

Oct 21 2014 2:27pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Barcelona double their lead against Ajax... Barcelona are making light work of their Dutch opponents tonight, with Lionel Messi adding to Neymar's opener for Barcelona. Andres Iniesta zips a ball into Messi's feet and the little magician needs no further invitation to nudge the ball home. SEE MORE: Neymar Goal - Barcelona get off to the perfect start Didier Drogba Scores - Blues dou ...
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Messi Assists Neymar to Put Barcelona Ahead Against Ajax

Oct 21 2014 2:00pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Barcelona needed only nine minutes to break the deadlock in their Champions League group-stage tie with Ajax at the Camp Nou. Leo Messi made a run through the middle before placing a perfect through ball to Neymar, who had patiently waited onside. The Brazilian then struck into the bottom right corner with his first touch.In the 24th minute, Messi got on the scoresheet himself after connecting with an inch-perfect pass from ...
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Sergio Busquets Injury: Updates on Barcelona Star's Hip and Return

Oct 21 2014 6:12am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Sergio Busquets will miss Barcelona's Champions League tie with Ajax after picking up a hip injury. The Spanish midfielder is due to sit out of Tuesday's clash as a "precautionary measure," as reported by the club's official website. Blaugrana boss Luis Enrique is also without defensive reinforcements Adriano and Douglas during the Camp Nou tie. Plenty of options can be utilised to cover Busquets' absence. Javier Masch ...
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Barcelona Ace Gerard Pique Claims Ex-Liverpool Star Luis Suarez Is ‘Really Different’, And ‘The Opposite Of Sweet’

Oct 21 2014 5:51am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Pique has been talking up Suarez before El Clasico this weekend...  Gerard Pique reckons superstar striker Luis Suarez is ready for El Clasico following his lengthy ban, reports Sky Sports. Luis Suarez is eligible to make his Barcelona debut in El Clasico on Saturday evening, after serving his ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini in the World Cup, and the Barcelona defender is looking forward to the impact he can make on the team. He has compared the player's style with that of hi ...
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Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair: Manchester United's Defensive Hopes

Oct 20 2014 6:35am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Louis van Gaal's record of promoting youth-team players was one of the reasons Manchester United fans were so excited when he took over at Old Trafford in the summer. It's hard not to be when the Dutchman has been responsible for kick-starting the careers of Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Carles Puyol, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Thomas Muller. But in his first press conference, Van Gaal ...
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