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Mikel San Jose: Supporting Independence and playing for Spain are not mutually exclusive

Spanish unity has become a very delicate subject in recent years. Particularly since the attempts by the northeast region of Catalonia to vote on independence resulted in violence last October. Athletic Bilbao player Mikel San Jose is from the northern Basque region of Spain, another fiercely autonomous region. The Basque region has its own violent history with ETA (an acronym for Euskadi Ta Askatasuna), a nationalist and separatist organization that originally promoted Basque culture and ultimately morphed into a terrorist group. Incredibly, San Jose recounted a story of when he was 16 years old…

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Spain draw England and Croatia in Nations League

Spain have been drawn with England and Croatia in Group 4 of Nations League A, which will begin in September. The new competition which will see all UEFA nations play in a competitive format, consists of 12 top nations in League A, B, C and D. Each league is divided into four groups of three teams, with the top team qualifying for a four team tournament. The group games will take place between September and November and will see each team play a home and away fixture. The finals are then…

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The Future of Spain and how they might line up?

Since the devastating heights of 2008, 2010 and 2012, the golden era seems to have been slipping into the twilight years. With players such as Xavi, Carles Puyol and Xabi Alonso among others since retiring, along with the likes of Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Fernando Torres coming to an end of fantastic careers. Spain’s international success since the 2012 Euros has been less than fruitful to say the least. But, could we be seeing a turning point for Spain with La Liga producing some really exciting talent! With the…

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Exceeding sides set to clash for the first time in La Liga

Two sides who have exceeded expectations this season, meet for the first time in La Liga at the Estadio de Mestalla as they attempt to maintain their bright starts into the New Year. The first half of the season couldn’t have gone any better for Valencia or Girona with both sides sat comfortably in the top half of the table as they look to push on. Valencia have started to stutter and seem to be losing touch at the top with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid with Marcelino’s men losing three…

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Spain set to face Argentina in pre-World Cup friendly

Lionel Messi could come face to face with the country in which he has made his name for the first time on the international stage as MARCA say that the Argentine FA consider the deal for a friendly between Spain and Argentina to be virtually sealed. It’s thought that the game will be played on 27th March 2018, at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium. The date had originally been allocated as the time for a game against Holland, who have failed to qualify for the World Cup, but the Spanish…

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Brazilian star unsure of Real Madrid transfer date

Flamengo star Vinicius has spoken about his pending arrival at Real Madrid but said he does not know a date for the move. The talented teen is expected to join the reigning La Liga, European and World champions next summer but he has spoken about his desire to help his current club win the Copa Libertadores. “My plan is to stay here until the end of 2018,” Vinicius told reporters, as quoted by Diario AS. “I want to win the Copa Libertadores here and then it will be time for…

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Real eye record third Club World Cup

Real Madrid are set to face Brazilian side and Copa Libertadores champions, Gremio in the Final of the Club World Cup after surviving a scare as they came from a goal down to beat Al Jazira 2-1 on Wednesday evening. The Galacticos can draw level with Barcelona as the most prolific winners of the trophy if they claim the title on Sunday for the third time. Gremio needed extra-time to beat Mexican side Pachuca with the winner coming from substitute Everton, as they set up a thrilling final on Saturday…

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Barcelona Femenino donate sports equipment to local charity

Barcelona’s women’s team, FC Barcelona Femenino. have donated some sports equipment used by the team in the first half of the season to local charity IBN Battuta. Working alongside the FC Barcelona Foundation, the team donated gloves, boots and posters to the non profit charity which aims to welcome young immigrants who arrived in Spain without their families. The youngsters were welcomed to the Catalan giant’s sport city training ground and were immediately in awe as they realised that this was the place where Lionel Messi and his teammates, as…

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Spain international Munir El Haddadi wants Morocco switch

Alaves striker Munir El Haddadi is hopeful that FIFA will allow him to switch from Spain to Morocco. The former Barcelona forward has made the decision to make a formal request to football’s governing, given that his father’s country of birth have qualified for next summer’s World Cup in Russia. Born in Madrid and having played for Spain at various youth levels, the 22-year-old made one appearance for the senior side in a September 2014 Euro 2016 qualifier. The youngster has not been called up since, having left Barcelona for…

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Spanish Papers: Sergio Ramos hailed after penalty brace

Good Morning and welcome to our brief round up of the Spanish sports papers, which celebrate Sergio Ramos’ penalty brace against Russia. Rodrigo and Marco Asensio provided the fire power up top for the visitors with the latter providing an excellent assist for Jordi Alba, who netted his second goal in as many games. Moments later and it would be 2-0 as Daler Kuzyaev handled Rodrigo’s effort inside the area and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos nestled the resulting spot kick into the back of the net. Barcelona full-back almost…

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