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Spain v Germany : match preview

July 7th, 2010 No comments

phplkhuYDBoth coaches have big decisions to make as they prepare for a re-run of the Euro 2008 final. For Germany, who will replace the suspended Thomas Mueller? For Spain, will they keep faith with Fernando Torres?

They are big calls to decide, especially for the Spanish who must be concerned about the striker’s lack of form and are pondering a change in formation also. This is a real heavyweight clash and those selection decisions could be the key.

Touchline duel

Few coaches are as experienced and respected – and fatherly - as Vicente Del Bosque who has taken this golden generation of Spanish football to a higher level. His commitment to attacking pay is laudable although he also knows his team have not quite fired in this competition.

Joachim Löw has proved himself to be one of the most organised, articulate and impressive coaches in this World Cup and has blended together an exciting team having confirmed the belief that he was the brains behind the renaissance of German football. Read more…

Portugal 0-1 Spain

June 30th, 2010 No comments

php8GomBsWithin minutes of Portugal’s elimination from the World Cup, Carlos Queiroz, suggested that his team would ‘hopefully’ play with more ambition the next time they grace this stage.

As David Villa ruthlessly proved, however, by scoring the goal that secured for Spain a quarter-final against Paraguay on Saturday, there is no time like the present to grasp the chance to claim glory.
Spain, with their kaleidoscopic football, are the present and the future. Portugal  might be ranked as the third-best team in the world by Fifa, but their negative tactics, with their hopes resting solely on the skills of Cristiano Ronaldo, are thankfully now history at this World Cup.

They appeared frightened to death by the threat posed by Spain’s attacking quartet of Villa, Fernando Torres, Xavi and Andres Iniesta and, when asked by after the game to explain why it had gone so badly wrong, Ronaldo threw the ball firmly at his coach’s feet by replying, “Ask Queiroz.”

When Ronaldo performs, Portugal perform. When he doesn’t, it all falls apart. Spain have no such over-reliance on one player, though, and with Torres continuing to struggle to overcome the effects of knee surgery in April, the European champions simply carried on regardless. Read more…

Spain 6-0 Poland

June 9th, 2010 No comments

phptDND1yFernando Torres marked his return from injury with a goal as Spain  routed Poland 6-0 in their last World Cup warm-up match on Tuesday, but the European champions were left with doubts over Andres Iniesta after the playmaker came off early.

Iniesta provided the pass for David Villa’s opener before starting the move which led to David Silva’s 14th-minute goal. He came off in the 39th with an apparent leg problem.
Xabi Alonso scored in the 51st before setting up Cesc Fabregas seven minutes later in the Arsenal midfielder’s second game back from a fractured leg.

Torres, who came on for David Villa after 66 minutes for his first appearance since having knee surgery in April, guided Pedro Rodriguez’s pass home in the 76th before Pedro scored in the 81st.

Spain, who have won their last eleven games, go into the tournament in South Africa as favourites, although their optimism might be tempered by the injury scare to Iniesta.

The midfielder asked to be substituted just before the break after complaining of a thigh muscle problem.

Spain 3-2 Saudi Arabia: an unimpressed winning

May 30th, 2010 No comments

phpEgVHxvEuropean champion Spain scrambled a 3-2 victory over Saudi Arabia in injury time, while crowd trouble by Serbia supporters marred their team’s surprise 1-0 loss to New Zealand in World Cup warmup games Saturday.

On a day in which the United States came from behind to defeat Turkey in Philadelphia, a strong Spanish lineup fell behind to Osama Hawsawi’s 16th-minute strike at the Austrian city of Innsbruck, where the team is training at altitude for the World Cup in South Africa.

After goals by David Villa and Xabi Alonso, the Saudis came back to make it 2-2 on a goal by Mohammed Al-Sahlawi, and nearly earned an unexpected draw with one of the World Cup favorites, before substitute Fernando Llorente headed home the winner in injury time.
The victory allowed Spain defender Carlos Marchena to surpass Brazil great Garrincha for a record 50 straight games without defeat.

Despite missing four Bayern Munich stars who rested after the Champions League final loss to Inter Milan, Germany outplayed Hungary 3-0 in Budapest. Read more…

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