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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…)

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…)

Spanish National Football Team Looking for New Manager

The Spanish national football team will have to begin searching around for a new manager after Vicente del Bosque steps down from his coaching position in the national team when the 2016 Euro’s reaches it’s end.

“In life you cannot be absolutely sure about anything but it is my intention to continue until France 2016 and then leave. In my case, the federation will make a smooth transition and my plan is to remain involved in football and with the federation.” Spain’s Vicente del Bosque told the media his intention to resign in 2 years.

Pep Guardiola, Rafael Benitez, GuusHiddink, Marcelo Bielsa, and Athletic Bilbao’s Ernesto Valverde are all possible candidates on being the successor for Vicente del Bosque in the national team. (more…)

Mark Hughes praises Krkic for first Premier League

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes came in with praise for striker Bojan Krkic, who scored his first Premier League goal since joining the club in the summer.

The former Barcelona forward created a tremendous talking point in the summer after deciding to join Stoke, who have been widely known as a physical team, by looking at various options across the continent. Even thoughKrkic has failed to hit the heights many expected of him a few years ago, he continues to remain a highly talented player. As expected, the Spanish international has struggled to cope with the physicality of the Premier League.

He has featured in seven matches so far, but his best performance came in the weekend’s victory over Tottenham. The former Barcelona man scored one of the goals in the 2-1 win, but it was not any other goal after he managed to run through an entire Tottenham defence and finish with a lot of composure. This would have been the kind of goal Hughes would have been expecting from the 24-year-old, who still has a long time left in his game. It was not surprising when Hughes came in with praise for the youngster after the win that lifts the club into the top half of the table.

“Bojan was doing what he did in pre-season. At the start of the season it was a bit of a shock to him in the Premier League.We just had to bide our time a bit but he is ready now and the quality of his goal shows the technical ability he has.

I was really pleased with what we produced today. From start to finish we were the more accomplished side. We were always a threat on the break and had great ability in forward areas,” said Hughes.