Koke aims to follow in Xavi's footsteps for new-look Spain
Koke aims to follow in Xavi's footsteps for new-look Spain

 Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke is part of a fresh generation of Spain players aiming to make an impact in Euro 2016 qualifying and says he would be happy if he achieves half the success of retired great Xavi. 

Sergi Samper the latest gem from Barcelona production line
Sergi Samper the latest gem from Barcelona production line

One thing that has stood out during the early stages of Luis Enrique`s stint as Barcelona coach is the faith he is placing in recent graduates from the club`s famed "La Masia" academy.

2014 FIFA World Cup: Spain vs Netherlands - As it happened

Live coverage of 2014 FIFA World Cup Group B opener between heavyweights Spain and the Netherlands being played at Salvador`s Arena Fonte Nova, in Brazil.

Spain stalwarts not finished yet, says Del Bosque

Spain coach Vincente del Bosque fired an ominous warning on Thursday to any critics suggesting the dominance of his world and European champions could be about to end.

Xavi expected to be fit for World Cup

Barcelona midfielder Xavi will be fit for the World Cup finals despite suffering a minor back injury, the club announced on Monday.

Barca ready to seize second chance, says Xavi

Barcelona are ready to grasp their second chance with both hands and snatch the Spanish title from Atletico Madrid in a winner-takes-all clash this weekend, midfielder Xavi said on Wednesday.

Koke can be Spain`s playmaker for next decade, Xavi says

Spain and Barcelona playmaker Xavi has singled out Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke as his successor as the man at the heart of the world and European champions` possession-based playing style.

Barcelona beat Man City, reach Champions League quarter-finals

Leo Messi`s 66th goal ensured that FC Barcelona would be in the quarter-finals of the Champions League as they defeated Manchester City 2-1 to assure a 4-1 aggregate win.

Xavi dreams of being Barca`s head coach one day

Playmaker Xavi, who has won 22 trophies in 16 glittering seasons with Barcelona, said on Saturday that he would love to take over as head coach one day.

Barcelona can`t afford any more mistakes, Xavi warns

Barcelona playmaker Xavi has warned his team mates they cannot afford any more slip-ups and urged them to stay positive as the season enters a critical period.

Luis Aragones, of famed tiki taka dies, aged 75

The legendary Spanish coach, Luis Aragones, who helped Spain win 2008 Euro, died aged 75 on Saturday. After spending majority of his playing career with Atletico Madrid, Luis started his managerial career with the capital club in 1974.

Barcelona players hail Xavi after 700th appearance

Lionel Messi and some of his Barcelona colleagues paid warm tribute to team mate Xavi on Friday after he extended his appearances record to in the midweek King`s Cup match at Getafe.

Barca`s Neymar out of Getafe Cup clash due to illness

Brazil forward Neymar has been withdrawn from Barcelona`s squad for their King`s Cup last 16, first leg at home to Getafe later on Wednesday after coming down with gastroenteritis.

Xavi doubts ending career at Barca

FC Barcelona`s veteran midfielder Xavi Hernandez said he hopes to end his career with the Spanish giants but is not sure if that will happen.

No Elche return for Messi

Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi will need to wait to make his return from a hamstring injury after being left out of Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino`s squad for Sunday`s visit of Elche.

Humility crucial for Spanish champions, Del Bosque says

Vicente del Bosque`s principle concern going into next year`s World Cup finals is that his players might have lost the humility that underpinned recent success, the Spain coach was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Van Gaal: Bayern and Barcelona success makes me proud

The experienced coach, who introduced the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Thomas Muller to their respective first teams, admits he is thrilled with their impressive careers

Neymar is not a diver: Xavi

Barcelona playmaker Xavi has defended team-mate Neymar against recent criticism that he goes to the ground too easily and engages in play-acting.

Iker Casillas, Xavi celebrate milestones in Finland

Among the rising stars to shine at the U-20 World Cup in 1999, including Ronaldinho and Diego Forlan, two callow Spaniards would go on to represent their nation`s senior side more times than anyone else.

Spain motivated to win Confederations Cup: Xavi

Veteran midfielder Xavi said Spain will not accept anything less than victory at the Confederations Cup as the reigning World Cup champions begin their quest for the only major trophy that has eluded them.

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