German Joachim Low has been named the world's best manager of national football teams in 2014 by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) succeeding Spaniard Vicente del Bosque, who was the winner in 2012 and 2013.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is feeling positive about 2015 despite the shock of failure at this year`s World Cup and is confident he can successfully shepherd the team through qualification for Euro 2016.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.