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Gerard Pique would quit Spain if bosses don’t want him over Catalan ‘vote’

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique admits he is ready to quit the Spanish national team having offered his support for Catalan independence. La Liga leaders Barca beat struggling Las Palmas 3-0 behind closed doors after a request to have the game postponed due to local turmoil amid the Catalonia independence referendum was rejected. Pique spoke passionately about his views on the ...

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2018 World Cup qualifiers: Spain dominate Italy, as other groups remain tantalisingly close

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THE DAY REPLAYED – In the eagerly-awaited pick of Saturday’s European FIFA World Cup Russia 2018™ qualifiers, Spain recorded a surprisingly resounding 3-0 win over Italy to ensure they finished the evening as undisputed Group G leaders, while Groups D and I remain as close as ever. The match between Croatia and Kosovo was postponed until Sunday 3 September because of ...

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Video assistant plays key role as Spain beat France

German referee Felix Zwayer disallowed a France goal, and awarded one for Spain, after consulting with a video assistant referee (Image credit: Reuters)

Video technology was used to correct two wrong decisions as Spain beat France in a friendly in Paris. France striker Antoine Griezmann had a goal ruled out by a video assistant referee for offside. And Spain’s second goal, scored by Gerard Deulofeu, was awarded by the video official after an assistant referee wrongly flagged for offside. David Silva opened the ...

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Diego Costa suffers thigh injury, misses matches vs England, Macedonia

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Chelsea have been dealt an injury scare with news Diego Costa will miss Spain’s upcoming matches against Macedonia and England due to a thigh injury. The 28-year-old was unable to take a full part in Spain training earlier this week and, after losing his battle for fitness, the Spanish Football Federation announced on Thursday that he had been replaced in ...

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Gerard Pique: Spain defender to quit international football after World Cup

Gerard Pique has been booed by his own fans in the past over his pro-Catalan stance (Image credit: EPA)

Spain defender Gerard Pique will retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup following a controversy surrounding his shirt sleeves. The Barcelona player, 29, is unpopular with some Spain fans for his support of independence for Catalonia. In Sunday’s 2-0 win in Albania, his shirt – unlike his colleagues – did not have a Spanish flag trim on the ...

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Italy salvage draw with Spain

Daniele de Rossi earned his 108th cap for Italy (Image credit: Getty Images)

Italy salvaged a draw in a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Spain with a late Daniele de Rossi penalty. Spain had 72.4% of possession in the first half but failed to score. They finally took the lead after 55 minutes when keeper Gianluigi Buffon missed an attempted clearance to leave Vitolo to sidefoot in. Italy rarely threatened but, after Sergio ...

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Lopetegui is new Spain Coach

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Vicente del Bosque’s successor as Spain Coach has been confirmed as Julen Lopetegui. Loptegui replaces World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 winner Del Bosque, who retired after Euro 2016, La Roja eliminated in the last 16. The 49-year-old was latterly in charge at Porto, taking over in the summer of 2014 before he was let go in January 2016, and ...

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Vicente del Bosque calls time on Spain reign

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Vicente del Bosque has called time on his glorious eight-year spell in charge of Spain, in the wake of his team’s unsuccessful UEFA European Championship title defence. “I will continue my duties until my contract runs out on 31 July and then I’m leaving. My decision is irreversible,” the 65-year-old said, the holders having been knocked out of UEFA EURO ...

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