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LaLiga 2018 World Cup diary: Round-up of every match in Russia

Friday, June 22 Group E: Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica It took Brazil right up to the 90th minute to secure victory against Costa Rica. Costa Rica did start off brightly and could have taken the lead after 13 minutes, as the ball was pulled back to Celso Borges, whose shot went just wide of Alisson’s goal. And then began the Brazilian dominance, a goal was rightly ruled out in the 26th minute, as Gabriel Jesus wandered offside as Marcelo’s shot came towards him, which he controlled and blasted past the ‘keeper….

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Why Spain and Portugal’s World Cup future may be determined by drawing of lots

After two games played in the groups stages of this years World Cup (for most groups at least), predictions and calculators are coming out in force. Group B sees Spain in a three horse race to go through to the knockout stages with Portugal and Iran. Making up the scenario where Morocco beat Spain 1-0 and Iran beat Portugal by the same score, what happens then? Iran finish top of the group with six points, which will leave both Spain and Portugal on four points with the same goal difference….

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World Cup 2018: Our Writers’ Predictions

With the World Cup finally upon us, kicking off this afternoon with hosts Russia playing Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, it’s time for us here at La Liga News UK to bring you our writers’ predictions for the tournament. We have predicted our winner’s of the showpiece event, given who we think will be the tournament’s dark horse and biggest underachievers as well as which players we see winning the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards come the end of the competition. So let’s get to it,…

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Fernando Hierro appointed as Spain manager after Lopetegui sacking

To the shock of most footballing personalities around the world, Julen Lopetegui was sacked by the Spanish Football Federation as Spain manager, and hours later, Fernando Hierro was appointed as his replacement, with Albert Celades as assistant manager. On Tuesday, Real Madrid announced Lopetegui as their replacement for Zinedine Zidane, on a three-year contract. 24 hours later, the president of the Spanish Football Federation Luis Rubiales sacked Lopetegui and stated that: “the negotiations (between Real Madrid and Lopetegui) have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were…

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RFEF President Rubiales: Spain players stayed out of Lopetegui sacking decision

Spain’s players did not want to get involved in the decision over whether Julen Lopetegui should stay or be sacked on the eve of the World Cup. That is according to RFEF President Luis Rubiales, just moments after announcing that the Spanish manager was dismissed. Lopetegui, yesterday, confirmed that he would be joining Real Madrid for the forthcoming season, but the short notice to proximity to the World Cup has angered Spain’s football governing body. #LopeteguiOut According to renowned Spanish football journalist, Guillem Balague, 51-year-old Lopetegui was contacted over the…

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World Cup 2018: Favourites Team Profile – Argentina

Profile Nickname: La Albiceleste (The White And Sky-Blue) Group: D Best World Cup: Champions, 1978, 1986 Last World Cup: Runners-Up, 2014 Odds To Win: 9/1 (Bet365) How Did They Reach The World Cup? Argentina’s qualification to reach the World Cup in Russia was in no means a stroll in the park as many expected it to be. It got off to a disastrous start as they suffered a 2-0 defeat against Ecuador, before being held to draws by Panama and Brazil. Things seemed to be getting better for La Albiceleste…

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Former Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez linked with Spain job

Rafael Benitez has become a contender for the soon-to-be vacant Spain managerial job, according to the Daily Express. This comes in the wake of Julen Lopetegui’s decision to join Real Madrid from next season, which has led to his sacking as national team coach on the eve of the World Cup. Current Newcastle United manager Benitez is in line to replace him, having been linked with the position in 2016 prior to Lopetegui’s appointment, but it is unlikely to be until after the tournament in Russia. Benitez not guaranteed to…

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Breaking: Julen Lopetegui sacked as Spain coach

The Royal Spanish Football Federation have sensationally sacked head coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before their first match in the World Cup following confirmation of the 51 year-old as the new Real Madrid manager. Lopetegui, who began his professional career at Castilla and played once for Los Blancos, was confirmed as the new boss at the Bernabeu yesterday, signing a three-year contract only a month after extending his contract as the national side’s boss. Born in the Basque town Asteasu, Lopetegui was omitted from the other big names in…

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Real Madrid officially announce Julen Lopetegui as new manager

Today, in an official announcement, Real Madrid confirmed that Spain’s current national team Julen Lopetegui will take over at the Bernabeu after this summers World Cup. The club confirmed that Lopetegui has agreed terms on a three year contract with the three-in-a-row Champions League winners. This appointment comes as a surprise as it was believed Guti would be taking over from Zinedine Zidane last week. This came off the back of Real Murcia’s president claiming that the former Real Madrid star was going to be the manager of Real Madrid,…

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