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Spain looks to wins football gold at London Games
07/07/2012 by YAHOO Sport
MADRID (AP) -- Spain wants to follow up its European Championship victory by winning football gold at the London Olympics.The World Cup champions won a third straight major title on Sunday after defeating Italy in the Euro 2012 in the final in Kiev, Ukraine.That triumph is providing extra incentive for the Olympic squad."It would be nice to (win the games) after all they hav... Full Story »
Barca's Thiago ruled out of Olympics
06/07/2012 by ESPNSTAR.com
Spain and Barcelona playmaker Thiago Alcantara will miss the Olympics due to injury, his club have announced.Thiago was this week named in Spain's provisional 22-man squad for the Games - later to be reduced to 18 - but the 21-year-old is still recovering from a tibia injury and will not be fit in time for London, according to Barca.A Barca statement read: "Tests wer... Full Story »
Arbeloa: Spain must never change their style
06/07/2012 by Goal.com
Alvaro Arbeloa believes that Spain must never abandon their footballing philosophy.La Roja were accused of being 'boring' during Euro 2012, with some pundits claiming that their possession-orientated style of play, Tiki-taka, had lost its incisive edge and become monotonous.However, Spain issued the perfect riposte as they became the first side in history to win thre... Full Story »
Wedding bells turn Iniesta's legs to jelly
05/07/2012 by Supersport.com
Walking down the aisle to get married this weekend will be much more nerve-racking than playing in Euro 2012, said Spain's Andres Iniesta, who was voted the best player of the tournament for his cool, commanding performances."It will be a special and different day," the Barcelona midfielder told a news conference on Wednesday."I am sure it will make me nervous, much more tha... Full Story »
Spain extends lead atop FIFA rankings, Italy 6th
04/07/2012 by YAHOO Sport
ZURICH (AP) -- Spain's successful defense of the European Championship extended its lead atop FIFA's world rankings, and runner-up Italy climbed six places to No. 6.The United States fell eight places to No. 36.The surge in points for European teams dropped Brazil six places to No.11, its worst position since the rankings began in 1993. The 2014 World Cup host was hurt by no... Full Story »
Spain disproved boring tag with empathic final win, insists Alonso
04/07/2012 by Goal.com
Xabi Alonso has revealed that the Spain squad were aware of the ‘boring’ label that had been attached to them by several sections of the media during Euro 2012.The pre-match debate prior to the final against Italy has been dominated by allegations that the reigning world and European champions had become a tedious side to watch.Coach Vicente del Bosque dismissed the negativ... Full Story »
Johan Cruyff: I enjoyed Italy and I'm a big fan of Del Bosque's Spain
04/07/2012 by Goal.com
Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff praised both Euro 2012 finalists for their style of football after Spain defeated Italy in the final to win the tournament.The former Barcelona player and coach was at the forefront of the development of Total Football at Ajax and reached the final of the 1974 World Cup with Oranje, but this year he saw his country finish bottom of Group B i... Full Story »
Campbell relishing Real Betis move
03/07/2012 by Goal.com
Arsenal forward Joel Campbell has claimed that he will spend next season on loan at Real Betis.The Costa Rica international had been looking forward to returning to the Emirates this summer after a season-long stay at Lorient but he is now eagerly awaiting his imminent move to Spain."It's a great opportunity for me to grow," Campbell told Fox TV. "I am going to the world'... Full Story »
Prandelli: Italy must not make 'one step forward and two steps back'
03/07/2012 by Goal.com
The trainer is happy with the Azzurri’s displays during the tournament, despite losing to Spain in the final, and believes playing well is the key to getting results in the futureCesare Prandelli insists Italy must make sure their run to the Euro 2012 final was no flash in the pan by pressing on with their development.The Azzurri proved many of their doubters wrong by reachin... Full Story »
We’ll rule Fer years
03/07/2012 by The Sun
SENOR MOMENT ... Torres goes wild as Spain seal Euro winFERNANDO TORRES hailed Spain as the greatest team in history and warned: We’ll carry on winning for years.Spain became the first country to triumph at three successive tournaments as they destroyed Italy 4-0 in Sunday’s Euro 2012 final.Chelsea striker Torres, 28, said: “The numbers say this is the best team in history an... Full Story »