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RAMIREZ JOINS TEAMMATES IN SPAIN

Star player Gaston Ramirez has joined up with his teammates in Spain as he is set to continue with the club this term.


The player was heavily linked with a move to struggling Leicester City but Boro disallowed the deal.

The player is now keen to rebuild his reputation at the club after he handed in a transfer request to exit the Riverside Stadium. The former Southampton player has not featured in the last six games for Boro due to a knee injury he picked up. The 26-year old playmaker would join teammates in Spain for a four-day training break so he can return refreshed for the race to finish the campaign well.

“He is and he will be an important player in this team and he knows that. He know the effort that the club made to sign him last season and therefore that the club made this summer to sign him permanently,” Boro manager Aitor Karanka said. (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…)

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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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…)

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…)