New Spain faces have chance to impress – Lopetegui

Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui called on the new faces in his injury-hit squad to seize their opportunity in the World Cup qualifier with Macedonia on Saturday. Diego Costa was withdrawn from the squad through injury on Thursday, joining fellow absentees Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba and Javi Martinez. Replacement Iago Aspas

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Mata recalled to Spain squad

Juan Mata has been rewarded for his fine form for Manchester United with a recall to the Spain squad. Mata was on Thursday named United’s player of the month for October, narrowly edging out Ander Herrera, who was also included by Spain boss Julen Lopetegui for the World Cup qualifier with Macedonia and friendly against

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FIFA fines Spanish FA president Villar Llona

Angel Maria Villar Llona, vice-president of FIFA and president of the Spanish Football Association, has been fined 25,000 CHF (Swiss Francs) and warned by the world game’s governing body for not co-operating with the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process. The news was confirmed on Friday in a statement released by

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Ramos and Juanfran out of Spain squad

Sergio Ramos and Juanfran have pulled out of the Spain squad for the forthcoming international friendlies with England and Belgium. Ramos dislocated his shoulder in Real Madrid’s 4-0 Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk in September and missed Spain’s last two Euro 2016 qualifiers. He aggravated the joint on Sunday in the act of scoring

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Fabregas reaches 100 Spain caps

Cesc Fabregas has been handed his 100th cap for Spain after being named captain of the team to face Ukraine in Euro 2016 qualifying. The Chelsea midfielder, 28, made his 99th appearance in the 4-0 win over Luxembourg on Friday and now reaches his century for Spain’s final qualifier of the campaign in Kiev. Fabregas

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