Diego Simeone urges calm before 'high risk' Cup game
Diego Simeone urges calm before 'high risk' Cup game

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has called for an end to football-related violence as his team prepare to play their first game since the death on Sunday of a Deportivo La Coruna fan near the Atletico stadium.

Spain relieved ''annus horribilis'' is finally over
Spain relieved ''annus horribilis'' is finally over

At the start of 2014, Vicente del Bosque`s Spain were serious contenders to become only the third nation after Italy and Brazil to successfully defend their World Cup title.

Spain boss promises fireworks against Germany
Spain boss promises fireworks against Germany

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has demanded his players put on a show as his rejuvenated side prepare to welcome Germany, the team that succeeded them as world champions, in Vigo on Tuesday.

Fledgling Spain face stern test against world champions Germany
Fledgling Spain face stern test against world champions Germany

An all-conquering Spain side were on the crest of a wave last time they faced Germany on the way to winning the 2010 World Cup but they now meet on Tuesday in what will be a stern test for a new fledgling team.

''Spain's Messiah'' Isco keeping feet on the ground
''Spain's Messiah'' Isco keeping feet on the ground

 Isco woke up on Sunday morning to newspaper headlines declaring him "the messiah Spain has been waiting for to revive past glories" but the gifted midfielder appears to have his feet firmly on the ground.

Spain, Germany have contrasting objectives
Spain, Germany have contrasting objectives

Spain and Germany will have different objectives when they play a friendly in Vigo on Tuesday in the first meeting between the European heavyweights since Spain`s 1-0 win in the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup.

Spain fully committed despite Sergio Ramos comments, says Vicente del Bosque
Spain fully committed despite Sergio Ramos comments, says Vicente del Bosque

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has no doubts about the commitment of Diego Costa and other members of his squad following the suggestion from Sergio Ramos that they are not giving their all.

Tough for Spain to match past glories, says Santi Cazorla
Tough for Spain to match past glories, says Santi Cazorla

It will be very hard for a new-look Spanish squad to revive former glories quickly, midfielder Santi Cazorla said on Friday.

Cesc Fabregas out of Spain`s Euro qualifier, Germany clash
Cesc Fabregas out of Spain`s Euro qualifier, Germany clash

Spain suffered a blow on Tuesday when Cesc Fabregas had to pull out of their Euro 2016 qualifier with Belarus and the friendly against Germany with a hamstring injury.

Chelsea's Diego Costa left out of Spain squad
Chelsea's Diego Costa left out of Spain squad

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been left out of Vicente del Bosque’s Spain squad for this month`s matches with Belarusand Germany to help him recover from his recent injuries.

Diego Costa back for Chelsea as Jose Mourinho urges Spain caution
Diego Costa back for Chelsea as Jose Mourinho urges Spain caution

Chelsea`s leading scorer Diego Costa is fit for Saturday`s London derby at home to Queens Park Rangers, but Spain need to look after him in the next international break, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.

We were all suffering for Diego Costa: Vicente del Bosque
We were all suffering for Diego Costa: Vicente del Bosque

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque predicted Diego Costa would be a key performer for Spain in coming years after the Brazil-born forward ended his long wait for an international goal on Sunday.

Pressure mounts on Spain's Iker Casillas after latest blunder against Slovakia
Pressure mounts on Spain's Iker Casillas after latest blunder against Slovakia

Once lauded as a goalkeeper who could do no wrong, Spain captain Iker Casillas`s tarnished reputation suffered another blow when his error helped Slovakia claim a shock 2-1 win in Euro 2016 qualifying on Thursday.

Spain not on downward spiral, says Del Bosque after defeat
Spain not on downward spiral, says Del Bosque after defeat

Coach Vicente del Bosque denied Spain were caught in a downward spiral after the holders slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat in Slovakia in Euro 2016 Group C qualifying on Thursday.

Sergio Ramos' injury exposes Spain's defensive weakness
Sergio Ramos' injury exposes Spain's defensive weakness

The call-up of Marc Bartra, who is not even a regular in the Barcelona team, as a replacement for Sergio Ramos in the Spain squad is an indication of the weakness at centre half which national coach Vicente del Bosque blames on foreign imports.

Diego Costa named in Spain squad despite Jose Mourinho concerns
Diego Costa named in Spain squad despite Jose Mourinho concerns

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque on Friday included Chelsea`s Diego Costa in his side`s Euro 2016 qualifiers away against Slovakia and Luxembourg despite Jose Mourinho`s concerns over the striker`s fitness.

World`s top coaches reject the idea of 2018 World Cup boycott
World`s top coaches reject the idea of 2018 World Cup boycott

Coaches from some of the world`s top teams have played down chances of a sporting boycott of Vladimir Putin`s showpiece 2018 football World Cup as a penalty for stoking the crisis in Ukraine.

Del Bosque upbeat after new-look Spain thump Macedonia
Del Bosque upbeat after new-look Spain thump Macedonia

Spain badly needed a convincing performance after their World Cup flop and coach Vicente del Bosque had plenty of positives to dwell on after Monday`s 5-1 Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Macedonia.

Del Bosque confirms Iker Casillas to start against Macedonia
Del Bosque confirms Iker Casillas to start against Macedonia

 Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has said he will keep faith with captain Iker Casillas in goal for his side`s opening Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Macedonia on Monday.

19-year-old Munir delighted at shock Spain call-up
19-year-old Munir delighted at shock Spain call-up

FC Barcelona`s 19-year-old striker Munir el Haddadi committed his future to Spain just a day after his shock call-up by national football coach Vicente del Bosque for the squad which entertains Macedonia in a 2016 European Championship qualifying match Monday.