11 Updates

World champions Spain book ticket for Brazil

Oct 15 2013, 8:12pm CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Oct 16 (IANS) Defending World Cup champions Spain assured they will be able to defend their crown in Brazil next summer when they confirmed their place in the World Cup finals with a 2-0 win at home to Georgia Tuesday night.

Madrid, Oct 16 — Defending World Cup champions Spain assured they will be able to defend their crown in Brazil next summer when they confirmed their place in the World Cup finals with a 2-0 win at...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

World champions Spain book ticket for Brazil

Oct 15 2013, 8:12pm CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Oct 16 (IANS) Defending World Cup champions Spain assured they will be able to defend their crown in Brazil next summer when they confirmed their place in the World Cup finals with a 2-0 win at home to Georgia Tuesday night.

Madrid, Oct 16 — Defending World Cup champions Spain assured they will be able to defend their crown in Brazil next summer when they confirmed their place in the World Cup finals with a 2-0 win at home to Georgia Tuesday night.

In a game in which they only needed to draw in order to qualify for the finals the Spanish were in control from start to finish against a side that lacked their technical quality and which set out to defend from the start, Xinhua reported.

Goals in each half: from Alvaro Negredo, who also netted against Belarus Friday, and Juan Mata gave Spain their triumph.

With the game played in Albacete's Carlos Belmonte Stadium, there was no doubt that local boy Andres Iniesta, who scored the goal that took the Spanish to their memorable 2010 triumph, was the man the home fans wanted to see.

Iniesta took his place in midfield alongside his FC Barcelona club-mates Xabi Hernandez and Sergio Busquets, while despite the importance of the game, Del Bosque handed a debut to young defender Alberto Moreno and gave the nod to powerful striker Negredo in attack.

Expecting to play against a packed defence, Del Bosque also started with Pedro and Jesus Navas in an attempt to inject pace into his side's forward line and Naves almost opened the scoring in the fourth minute before being crowded out by the visitors.

With Negredo looking to prove he deserves to be Spain's first choice striker and Pedro using his pace, all of the chances were falling for the home side with the most spectacular a Negredo overhead kick which dropped just wide.

He got his reward after 25 minutes, finishing off a move 'made in Barca' as Pedro and Iniesta combined to allow him a simple finish to put Spain ahead.

He could have doubled the lead five minutes from halftime following a cross from his Manchester City team-mate Navas, but his effort hit the post.

With Spain needing to concede two goals in the second half to miss out, the fans in Albacete were already celebrating as the second half kicked off and qualification was sealed on the hour when Juan Mata, who had replaced Pedro just three minutes earlier, scored his side's second with a neat volley on virtually his first touch of the night.

Georgia showed little sign of reacting to the second goal, indeed they hardly troubled Iker Casillas, who returned in goal ahead of Victor Valdes, all night and for the remaining minutes the chances all fell Spain's way with Iniesta and Negredo both going close, while Navas almost added a third as the Spanish fans' thoughts turned to Brazil.

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
11

14 hours ago

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 made it clear h ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
Update
10

6 days ago

Vicente Del Bosque Has to Make Tough Choices If Spain Are to Rise Again

Oct 14 2014 8:41am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Spain has at its disposal, not just some of the world’s best players, but arguably some of the best of all time, to pick from. Unfortunately what it no longer has is the best team. Or a definite style. More than anything else in the country, La Roja restored pride to an economically battered nation and put the smile back onto the face of Spanish football. And now it’s over, and like it or not, this is now a side ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
Update
9

6 days ago

The most pointless football awards ever

Oct 14 2014 7:16am CDT | Source: Mirror Football

Andres Iniesta won the 'Golden Foot Award' last night for being old and good at football. Er, OK. Here are some of the other most pointless awards in foot ...
Source: Mirror Football   Full article at: Mirror Football
 

 
Update
8

6 days ago

Cristiano Ronaldo Beaten by Andres Iniesta to Golden Foot 2014 Award

Oct 14 2014 3:05am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Andres Iniesta has been selected as the 2014 Golden Foot award winner, beating the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Franck Ribery and Manuel Neuer to the prize. As reported by Marca, this particular award "recognises the career achievements of a player aged 28 or over." While Iniesta hasn't posted the best calendar year by his standards—achieving no trophies with Barcelona or Spain—his career is crammed with accolades which ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
Update
7

1 week ago

It’s Official – Richie Hogan Is As Good A Passer As Andres Iniesta

Oct 13 2014 1:12pm CDT | Source: balls

Balls.ie Now before we start, let’s just say that we’re well aware that comparing stats from completely different sports is, for the most part, a completely pointless exercise. Having said that, we still think Ray Boyne, performance analyst with Dublin GAA, has done a bloody good job of showing just how consistent Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan is when it comes to passing a sliotar. Barcelona’s midfield duo of Xavi and Iniesta have long been held up as a kind of i ...
Source: balls   Full article at: balls
 

 
Update
5

1 week ago

Luxembourg vs. Spain: Score, Grades and Reaction from Euro 2016 Qualifier

Oct 12 2014 3:40pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Diego Costa scored his first goal for Spain as La Roja defeated overmatched Luxembourg 4-0 on Sunday evening in a Euro 2016 Group C qualifier. Costa, who has scored eight Premier League goals already this season for Chelsea, had struggled for his adopted national side, failing to score in any of his first six appearances. His seventh started in much the same fashion, with Costa wasting multiple chances in the first half, ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
Update
4

1 week ago

Luxembourg vs. Spain: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Oct 12 2014 1:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Spain will be looking to rebound from their shock 2-1 loss to Slovakia against Luxembourg on Sunday, their third match as part of the qualification round for Euro 2016 in France. Luxembourg are one of the football minnows of Europe, having never qualified for a major international tournament. After a tough loss in Slovakia, this is exactly the kind of opponent La Roja need. A win won't do, however. Several players need ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
Update
3

1 week ago

Real Madrid's Isco Can Help to Fix Spain's Stale Midfield

Oct 11 2014 4:40am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Between the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup, it became clear that Spain's midfield under Vicente del Bosque was quickly approaching a point of transition.  Though still led by the glittering triumvirate of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Xabi Alonso, La Roja were gradually slowing down, exhibiting small vulnerabilities after a reign of supreme dominance.  Interestingly, Del Bosque appeared to acknowledge the impending evolution of his side in ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
Update
2

1 week ago

FC Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta says Spain are 'f****d'

Oct 11 2014 1:55am CDT | Source: Crunch Sports

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta took to social media to vent his frustration following Spain's shock 2-1 defeat to Slovakia on Thursday night.Spain take on Luxembourg on Sunday in their next Euro 2016 qualifying game and will be looking to get back to winning ways.Goals from Juraj Kucka and Miro. ...
Source: Crunch Sports   Full article at: Crunch Sports
 

 
Update
1

1 week ago

Luxembourg v Spain: Iniesta calls for calm after Slovakia upset

Oct 10 2014 11:56am CDT | Source: Soccer News

Andres Iniesta has urged Spain not to panic going into Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Luxembourg after t ...
Source: Soccer News   Full article at: Soccer News
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

India showcases IPL as driver of economic development
United Nations, Oct 21 (IANS) The Indian Premier League's (IPL) success embodies the emergence of sports as a global industry that promotes economic development and job creation in developing countries, India told the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Monday.
 
 
India's Karman Thandi wins WTA Future Stars title
Singapore, Oct 20 (IANS) India's Karman Kaur Thandi dispatched Chinese Taipei's Huan Hsiang-Wen 6-4, 6-2 in the women's singles final to clinch the Under-16 2014 WTA Future Stars event at the Kallang Tennis Centre here Monday.
 
 
Suarez will do big things in Barcelona: Neymar
Madrid, Oct 20 (IANS) Barcelona striker Neymar said Monday that Luis Suarez, who is set to play against Real Madrid Saturday, is working hard to leave his mark in Barcelona, who also have maestro Lionel Messi in their attack.
 
 
U-16 India girls face must-win game against UAE
Dhaka, Oct 20 (IANS) The Indian women's Under-16 football team will take on United Arab Emirates in a must-win Group B clash of the AFC Championship qualifying round at the Bangabandhu Stadium here Tuesday.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

1,074 new dengue cases in Chinese province
Beijing, Oct 18 (IANS) China's Guangdong province has reported 1,047 new cases of dengue fever, health authorities said Saturday. Six people have already died in Guangdong -- five in Guangzhou and one in adjacent...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Blake Lively 'always' wanted to be mum
Blake Lively has ''always'' wanted to be a mother. The 27-year-old actress is expecting her first child with husband Ryan Reynolds and she admits she's been dreaming of this moment since she was a youngster. Speaking...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Kris Jenner 'torn apart' by Bruce's new relationship
Kris Jenner feels ''torn apart and angry'' that Bruce Jenner is dating her former assistant. The 58-year-old matriarch split from the 64-year-old Olympic gold medalist last October following 22-years of marriage but is...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini won't move to France
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini doesn't want to move to her husband's home country of France. The 'X Factor' judge, 31, who comes from Newcastle, is adamant she won't be relocating any time soon to suit her new spouse Jean-...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Lance Bass sets wedding date
Lance Bass has set a date for his wedding. The former *NSYNC singer and his partner Michael Turchin, who have been dating for two-and-a-half years, are to tie the knot on December 20, 2014, a representative for the...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Nepal avalanche toll reaches 39
Kathmandu, Oct 18 (IANS) At least 39 climbers died while hiking on a key Nepali route after it was hit by a major snowstorm and avalanches earlier this week, BBC reported Saturday citing officials. Over 350 stranded...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Jake Gyllenhaal says society is complicit in 'nightcrawling'
Jake Gyllenhaal says almost everybody in society ought to relate to his new movie 'Nightcrawlers'. The eagerly-awaited film concerns those people who monitor police scanners and then race to crime scenes to film eye-...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
India eves look for first win in AFC U-16 qualifiers
Dhaka, Oct 18 (IANS) India will hope to register their first win of the 2015 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-16 Women's Championship qualifiers when they take on hosts Bangladesh in a crucial encounter at the...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Moyes mulling return to management
London, Oct 18 (IANS) Former Manchester United manager David Moyes said that he is ready to revive his managerial career six months after being sacked by the 'Red Devils'. "I am ready to return. I have enjoyed the...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Ebola fears loom over Ghana hosting AFCON
Accra (Ghana), Oct 18 (IANS) The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) cautioned the government Saturday against hosting the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), despite a request by the Confederation of African Football (...
Read more on Sport Balla