Tag Archives: Spain

5 Most Significant Goals in World Cup History

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Andres Iniesta (Spain vs. Netherlands, 2010 World Cup final) Spain have always produced talented footballers with regularity but somehow its national team always conspired to come out empty-handed from the major tournaments. However, they managed to assemble another fantastic squad in the late 2000s and the team ended their long drought for a major trophy by winning the 2008 European ...

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Greatest European Championship Teams – II

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France 2000 France were the world champions going into the European Championship in 2000, and it would be no exaggeration to say that they had got significantly stronger in the two intervening years. The midfield was at time impenetrable with three tacklers Patrick Vieira, Didier Deschamps and Emmanuel Petit negating any attacking move of the opposition well before it reached ...

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Biggest Controversies in European championship history

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General Franco stops Spain from participating at the 1960 Euro Back in the day when the continental European competition was first played, the map of Europe looked a whole lot different than it does today. In fact, the European Championship or Euros were then known as the European Nations’ Cup and there used to be only four teams in the ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Vicente del Bosque

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  Vicente del Bosque was a product of the Real Madrid youth academy who went on to have a successful 16-year association with Los Blancos’ first team. The midfielder went on to make over 500 appearances for the Spanish giants across all competitions and won five league titles as well as four Copa del Reys during his time at the ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Hector Bellerin

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Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has made it to the Spanish national team for the upcoming European Championship due to be held in France later this month through the back door. However, no one can say that he didn’t deserve a spot in La Furia Roja squad considering the hugely successful campaign he enjoyed at the Emirates Stadium in the 2015/16 ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Miguel Munoz

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  At Real Madrid, the manager is perceived merely as a footnote – a man who oversees the biggest stars that the club buys every summer. In such an environment it is quite an achievement to have led the club for 15 years. Miguel Munoz remains the greatest manager in the history of Real Madrid and one of the most ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Saul Niguez

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In the second Madrid derby last season, played at the Vicente Calderon, Atletico Madrid suffered an early setback as Koke had to come off after suffering an injury. In only the tenth minute of the game, he was substituted in favour of a then 20-year-old named Saul Niguez. Just eight minutes later, the young midfielder executed a spectacular bicycle kick ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Helenio Herrera

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Helenio Herrera is quite rightly regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time. He has become synonymous with his “catenaccio” Inter Milan side of the 1960s, but there is so much more to the manager, who was one of the early tactical pioneers. The Argentine began his managerial career in the 1940s and after managing a string of ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Sergi Samper

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  Luis Enrique took charge of the Barcelona first team in the summer of 2014 and guided the Catalans to a treble of the league title, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey in his first season at the club. For a manager who achieves so much in only his first season, there can hardly be any complaints. However, ...

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