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Iker Casillas will not be taken out of international duty

Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas will not be taken out of international duty following his move to FC Porto according to national team boss Vicente del Bosque.

The Spain manager has been expected to drop Casillas since he is no longer playing for a top club like Madrid. However, FC Porto are top club in their own right and we’ll be playing in the Champions League just as they have done for several seasons continuously. This means that Casillas will have his opportunities on the big stage. However, questions have been asked about the form and longevity of the player.

At 34 years of age, Casillas is not getting younger anytime soon. He is entering the twilight years of his career, but he is already the record holder in terms of number of appearances for the Spanish national team. Few players have managed to make more than 150 appearances for their national teams, but Casillas is already on 162. There are a number of great goalkeepers waiting on the wings to take over his position. David de Gea is amongst one of the chief contenders and he is likely to join Madrid in the summer. Vicente del Bosque may struggle to keep Iker Casillas in the first team ahead of De Gea. (more…)

Spain have been a fading force ever since the World Cup 2014

Spain have been a fading force ever since the World Cup 2014 began. After a humiliating exit from the competition, the team has been facing more troubles with regard to their Euro 2016 qualification campaign.

Slovakia were not expected to even come close to topping the group, but they now hold a two-point advantage over Spain. The 2010 World Cup is needed to win their away match against Belarus at all costs in order to stay in touch with Slovakia. Such was the precarious nature of the game, but Spain managed to come out on the right side following a 1-0 win.

Manager Vicente del Bosque will be that this result could have been very different had it been for some better finishing by the opposition. Spain dominated the game with a shot from target compared with just two from the opposition, but they were always dangerous on the counter-attack. This victory helps relieve the pressure away from manager, while also providing some confidence to the players. This will be important when Spain take on group leaders Slovakia in home match in September. This is a must win game if the former European champions are to top the group. (more…)

Sigi Schmid tried new Position for Brad Evans

Sigi Schmid tried to invent a new position for midfielder Brad Evans, although it was largely due to the club’s current injury problems.

The midfielder was used as a centre back in the recent match against San Jose Earthquakes. The experiment proved to be a disaster after Seattle Sounders conceded three goals and lost the match 3-2. This turned out to be the first setback of the season for the club and it has come very early in the campaign. Seattle Sounders managed a convincing 3-0 win over New England Revolution in the first match of the season.

This victory raised hopes that the club would challenge for a title this season. However, they have been brought back to earth after this defeat, which leaves them six points adrift of the leaders Dallas even at this early stage.Schmid can take heart from the fact that Dallas have played one game more than Seattle Sounders. Despite the failure in the first match,Schmid intends to carry on with his experiment and it is almost certain that Evans may continue in the centre back position if the club’s injury situation does not improve before the next match against table leaders Dallas. Seattle Sounders are away from home for this key clash. (more…)