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HERNANDEZ CONSIDERS SPAIN MOVE

Lucas Hernandez currently plays for the youth team of France, his birth country but is yet unsure of whether he would keep on representing them up till the senior level.


Hernandez, who plies his trade with Atletico Madrid at Club level as a defender has been embroiled in a tug of war over the right choice to make after Spain indicated their interest in him.

Hernandez was born in Marseille, France and had taken the decision to play for France youth side at first. With this move from Spain, he is unsure yet of what he really wants to do.

In an interview just recently, the 20 year old defender suggests that he would carefully go through his options before making a decision on whom to play for.

“That’s a personal decision. At the moment, I’m happy playing for the France U21 side, but the future depends on who I can play for.”

Hernandez hopes to feature in the Champions League game to be played on Wednesday against Rostov. He has still indicated yet that there is an intense competition in Diego Simeone’s squad.

“New players are contributing a lot and this is being seen on the pitch and in the performances,” he continued.
“And of course this year will hopefully be better than the past. (more…)

Is Iker Casillas international career over?

On June 30 of 2016, Vicente del Bosque decided to step down from coaching the Spanish national football team and around 1 month later, it was confirmed that Julen Lopetegui was the man selected to replace Vicente del Bosque and become the new coach of Spain.


Even with this managerial change in the Spanish national side, it seems like Iker Casillas can’t change his fortune as he has had to settle with a place on the sidelines as a 2nd choice goal-keeper behind David de Gea.

Iker Casillas is 35 years old and it’s not surprising to see such a veteran player having to be dropped more regularly to the bench while other younger performers are getting the chance to showcase their skills and this is the case of David de Gea from Manchester United.

David de Gea has already demonstrated his skills and he is deserving of taking up the 1rst spot in the Spain national team. The young shot-stopper is considered to be as one of the best goal-keepers in the world along with: Manuel Neuer and Thibaut Courtois.

For the entirety of Iker Casillas career he has been the main man in between the posts for Spain but times change and with the uprising of David de Gea, it’s hard to deny that the star player of Manchester United is a world class player and that he truly does deserve to become the new undisputed shot-stopper of Spain. (more…)

RODRIGUEZ SET TO LEAVE SPAIN THIS SUMMER

Real Madrid could release the Columbian skipper this summer for a move away from Spain, according to reports making the rounds.


Express Sport claims that Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has received the go-ahead to submit a bid for the player as he is desperate for playing time. The report claims that the management would allow the deal of up to £60 million go through if the coach deems him an asset.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane does not have Rodriguez on his priority list and isn’t keen to adjust the current to make him fit in, despite the huge transfer fee spent on getting the Columbian after the 2014 World Cup. However, popular Spanish football pundit Guillem Balague told Sky Sports that Madrid could be the ones behind the story to attract bids from interested clubs. Chelsea remains the top club keen on landing Rodriguez.

“Real Madrid will be happy to let James go this summer. It’s been reported Chelsea are willing to pay £60.1 million for the Colombia international.
“We will see if they are willing to pay that sort of money, but it sounds to me that Real are leaking this story to attract interest in the player. He’s not worth that money and I’m pretty sure Chelsea know that,” Balague said.
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Phil Neville to leave Valencia role

Phil Neville has announced that he is going to leave Valencia during the summer.

He joined the Spanish club as an assistant when NunoEspirito Santo was named as the manager of the Spanish team. However, when the latter was sacked, his brother Gary Neville was appointed as manager. However, with the sacking of Gary, he remained with the team and worked as a coach for them.

Phil Neville continued with Valencia and became an assistant to the new manager PakoAyestaran until the end of the season. The latter has been given a new contract following his good performance as manager. However, Phil Neville has announced that he is not going to continue as a coach and he wants to make his debut as a manager. (more…)

Spain began their defence of the European Championship with Struggle

Spain began their defence of the European Championship title with a narrow 1-0 win over Czech Republic.


The game continued to see Spain’s struggles in front of goal. The national team has been going through a very poor patch of form for the last two years. They have never really recovered from the humiliating exit suffered at the World Cup 2014. Even just before the start of the Euro 2016, Spain were involved in a couple of pretournament friendly games. They suffered yet another humiliation after losing to Georgia, who were ranked below 120 places.

Even though they managed to get the right result and three points at the start of the tournament, Spain certainly did not look convincing. Gerard Pique scored from a header and this was probably the only great opportunity the team had throughout the 90 minutes. Spain struggled to create chances in front of goal while conversion was even more difficult. Even though Vicente del Bosque said that a victory was a good start to the tournament, he admitted that the national team struggled to create enough chances. Spain will have to hit the ground running soon or face the risk of an early elimination from a major tournament to once again. The national team’s next match is against Turkey. (more…)

Spain may go into the Euro 2016 as the defending champions

Spain may go into the Euro 2016 as the defending champions, but manager Vicente del Bosque has surprised many by claiming that he would be more than happy with just a semifinal appearance at the upcoming tournament in France.

Spain have been on a very bad patch of form, which began during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and they have been unable to recover even when experimenting with different areas of the game. Vicente del Bosque has hinted at retirement after the end of the European Championship, although some believe that there has been a change in his stance.

For the time being, the former Real Madrid manager seems to be only concentrating on the national team and doing well at the Euro 2016. After having done so well up until now, del Bosque will want to leave the national team at a high. It is thought to be one of the reasons behind the managed considering to stay on despite a disastrous World Cup. He has transformed the national team into one of the finest in the world, as they have won two European championships and won World Cup in the last decade. France and Germany are seen as the favourites going into the Euro 2016, while England and Belgium can be considered as the dark horses.
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Zidane Is Hopeful Of Real Madrid’s Comeback

The return match will become an uphill task for Maximilian Arnold and Ricardo Rodriguez.

However, the coach hopes that the team will be able to make it to the semi finals. Zidane, the celebrated coach of Real Madrid has definitely found it hard to consume the defeat that his team faced on Wednesday. Real Madrid played against Wolfsburg on Wednesday which resulted in their defeat.


The night was not in their favor. Karim Benzema had suffered an injury which further made things difficult for Real Madrid. The team also made certain mistakes in the game. The mistakes made by Arnold and Rodriguez were damages that were seized upon by their opponents. As a result, it is definitely looking difficult for the team to make it back in the Champions League. The game played on Wednesday ended with the Spanish giants being defeated by Wolfsburg at 2-0.

Even though mistakes were made, several chances were attempted by the team to put a goal in place, but the goalkeeper of the other team prevented their attempts from being successful. (more…)

Vicente del Bosque might stay in charge of Spain beyond the 2016 Euro’s

Earlier in January Vicente del Bosque stated that he was thinking about leaving his managerial position in the Spanish national football team. The 65 year old coach was believed to be stepping from his spot in the national side when the 2016 Euro’s reaches it’s end on June.

Vicente del Bosque initially took charge of the Spanish national side on March of 2008 and he has lifted the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship title ever since becoming the manager of Spain.

The veteran manager has spent around 8 years in charge of Spain and it seemed like his time was reaching it’s end but Vicente del Bosque is turning around on his decision to step down from coaching the Spanish national side as he said: “We’ll talk about my future as and when. I’ll always try to help Spanish football wherever I am. Of course, I’ll be there for whatever they need. Whatever I decide will in no way harm the federation or the national team.” (more…)

The rise of David de Gea and downfall of Iker Casillas

David de Gea is the unquestionable main goal-keeper of Manchester United, one of the top clubs in the Premier League and at the age of 25, he is already making his way in the Spanish national team which is an impressive feat for a player who is at such a young age.

Iker Casillas used to be the one the stars of the Spanish national side but as the years have been rolling; his importance has been diminishing as well. He still continues being an important player as he has playing time in many matches but David de Gea is starting to get center stage.

The 25 year old star of Manchester United was placed in the main team of Spain during their latest Euro’s 2016 match as they faced off with Ukraine and came out on top with a 1-0 triumph. In this game David de Gea was one of the standout players as the Spanish player made a number of world class saves which kept his team in the game and it would have been a completely different story if it hadn’t been for David de Gea who made one of the best performances that he has ever done with his national team.

The head coach of the Spanish national team, Vicente del Bosque himself has said that Iker Casillas is not guaranteed to have a starting role in his team even though he has been the captain of the national team for the past few years.

“Nobody is guaranteed a place here. We have players in mind, but there is no definitive list.

Will Casillas be there or not? I hope so. But there are still some months left and we will act as we see fit. But if he’s there it will be because of his prestige, his career, what he means for the national team and because he plays for a big club’’ (more…)

Derby County have been flying high in the Championship

+Derby County have been flying high in the Championship and this provides defender Stephen Warnock with a great opportunity to return to the Premier League.

The former Blackburn Rovers defender has not been seen in the top division for the last few years. Regarded as one of the finest attacking left backs, he has found it difficult to find top clubs interested in his services especially after the failed to spell at Liverpool. He came through the ranks at the Merseyside club before joining and playing for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa.

Even though his team has enjoyed a great run in the Championship, Warnock is experienced enough to know that this league is extremely hard to maintain the same form throughout the season. The leaders continuously change between now and the end. This gives the likes of Middlesbrough and other teams part of the chasing pack hope that they can qualify for the Premier League as group winners. The game against Leeds will also be special for Warnock since it would mean a return to Elland Road for him. Warnock represented the club for two years before joining Derby in the summer for an undisclosed fee. (more…)