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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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Why Nigel De Jong Is the Key Cog in the AC Milan Midfield

Oct 2 2014 7:08am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

In the semi-final of the World Cup in Brazil, the Netherlands, then under the management of Louis van Gaal, faced Argentina—one of the nations often touted as huge challengers for the title.Earlier in the tournament, the Dutch had faced a couple of strong opponents—and won. During the group stage, Spain and Chile were brushed aside, and in the round of 16, Mexico was defeated after an intense battle.All of these teams were abl ...
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Biggest Star in World Football in September

Oct 1 2014 8:18am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

To be completely honest, when selecting candidates for a Player of the Month award, it can be difficult to look past the familiar duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Their performance levels are so high and so consistent that they continually demand consideration for such awards. On this occasion, though, it is impossible to look past the duo and, in particular, Argentinian Messi. His Portuguese rival may have scored 10 goals a ...
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Barcelona Lose Collective Plan in Champions League Defeat to Paris Saint-Germain

Oct 1 2014 7:52am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

I don’t know. You wait over 10 hours to see a goal go into the Barcelona net and then, in less than 55 minutes—like London buses—three of them turn up one after another. In a pulsating 90 minutes, Barcelona's defeat in Paris showed the watching world what we know of this Camp Nou team, namely occasional displays of Herculean strength in attack combined, unfortunately, with an Achilles heel when defending set plays. Or as a unit. Obviously, Paris Saint-Germain had the advanta ...
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We paid dearly – Iniesta

Oct 1 2014 4:39am CDT | Source: Soccer News

Andres Iniesta believes Barcelona were made to pay for their mistakes in a 3-2 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Tue ...
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PSG Outmuscle, out-Press & Outrun Barcelona in Epic Victory

Oct 1 2014 4:25am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Paris Saint-Germain dealt Barcelona their first defeat of the season on Tuesday evening and in the process put the first three goals of the season past Luis Enrique's defence. The French champions have been in dreadful form so far this season but raised their game for the big event. Parc des Princes rocked as the home side won 3-2 to top the UEFA Champions League group.   Formations and XIs Paris Saint-Germain played an odd, hybrid formation that ranged bet ...
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We paid dearly - Iniesta

Oct 1 2014 3:53am CDT | Source: Soccerway

Andres Iniesta believes Barcelona were made to pay for their mistakes in a 3-2 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday. ...
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Ibrahimovic's Absence a Blessing as PSG's Fluid Attack Terrorises Barcelona

Sep 30 2014 4:47pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Without Zlatan Ibrahimovic to lead the Paris Saint-Germain attack, it was expected that Paris Saint-Germain would struggle to get the better of FC Barcelona. However, in the Swede's absence, the fluid Parisian attack terrorised the Spanish defence and inspired the French side to victory on Tuesday night. PSG have sent shock waves through European football with a wonderful 3-2 win over the Spanish giants in Tuesday night's blockbuster match in Group F. La ...
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Lionel Messi scores glorious goal for Barcelona @ PSG: All the stats

Sep 30 2014 2:12pm CDT | Source: 101 great goals

15: That's Barça's 500th goal in the Champions League and who else but Messi scored it! #FCBLive #UCL pic.twitter.com/dRUpFIs5ts— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 30, 2014Almost immediately after scoring their first goal of the season, in either La Liga or the Champions League, Barcelona responded.And, what a goal!Lionel Messi exchanged passes with Andres Iniesta and side-footed home a lightni ...
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David Luiz Opens Scoring for PSG vs Barcelona, Leo Messi Responds

Sep 30 2014 2:04pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League group stage got off to a great start as £50 million signing David Luiz put the Ligue 1 champions ahead. In the 10th minute, the former Chelsea star collected a Lucas Moura set piece and put a left-footed shot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen. However, the lead was very short lived. Less than a minute later, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi played some beautiful one-two passes with each other in the PSG box, with the Argentinean finishing with a lovel ...
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PSG v Barcelona: Live Stream Guide & Champions League Preview

Sep 30 2014 9:40am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Barcelona face PSG in a hugely anticipated Champions League group clash. Find out how you can watch a live stream of the game from Paris... Where: Parc des Princes When: 19:45 Live Stream: NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass In a truly mouthwatering Champions League group tie, La Liga giants Barcelona - featuring Lionel Messi, Neymar and Andres Iniesta - travel to the big spending and monstrously ambitious PSG. The French side were knocked out of the comp ...
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