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World Cup Round-Up: Italy And Spain Enjoy Strong Wins, Wales Held

Spain's defender Ignacio Monreal (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the FIFA qualifying Group G football match Spain vs Macedonia at Los Carmenes stadium in Granada, on November 12, 2016. / AFP / JORGE GUERRERO (Photo credit should read JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)

The second wave of European World Cup qualifiers took place on Saturday night, including former world champions Italy and Spain. To Group D first, where the Republic of Ireland took control of the pool with a deserved 1-0 win against Austria (more of which you can read about here and here).  James McClean scored the only goal of the game …

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Stunned Liverpool Fans React As Iago Aspas Receives Spain Call-Up

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Iago Aspas of Liverpool celebrates his goal to make it 1-0 during the Budweiser FA Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Oldham Athletic at Anfield on January 5, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Liverpool fans don’t remember former striker Iago Aspas too fondly. Brendan Rodgers signed the Spaniard in a £7.7m deal in 2013 in order to play a role in Liverpool’s challenge for the top four, and although the Reds exceeded expectations by challenging for the Premier League title, that was without much help from the Spanish forward. Indeed, he is remembered …

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Rep. Ireland, Wales, Northern Ireland And Scotland All Fall In Latest FIFA World Rankings

DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 06: Jeff Hendrick of Ireland in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The latest batch of FIFA World rankings does not make pleasant reading for the Home Nations or the Republic of Ireland. Despite winning their last two World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Moldova, Martin O’Neill’s side have slipped two places to 33rd in the October rankings, overtaken by Ivory Coast and Senegal. Wales, meanwhile, have drawn their last two qualifiers …

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World Cup Round-Up: Wales Slip Up, Italy Get Lucky

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 09: Tomike Okriashvili of Georgia celebrates his sides first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Georgia at the Cardiff City Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

The European World Cup qualifiers continued on Sunday night as three groups played their fourth matches of the campaign. To Group D first, where what was billed as a routine win for Wales against Georgia turned out to be anything but. Gareth Bale put the home side ahead after just nine minutes, but Tornike Okriashvili grabbed a deserved equaliser just before …

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Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin Suffers Ankle Injury On International Duty

Arsenal anxiously await the results of medical scans. Arsene Wenger will this morning be anxiously be waiting to hear news from Spain after Hector Bellerin suffered an ankle injury while on under 21 duty. According to Marca, the right back suffered a nasty tackle during the Spanish under 21’s 3-0 victory over San Marino on Wednesday night. Belerin was withdrawn as …

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Wales Move Above Spain And Italy In Latest FIFA World Rankings

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 05: Gareth Bale of Wales celebrates after scoring his sides fourth goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Moldova at the Cardiff City Stadium on September 5, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Wales’ Euro 2016 heroics have seen them break into the FIFA World Ranking top ten for the first time in over a year. Chris Coleman’s side gave a great account of themselves in France earlier this summer, beating former number one rank Belgium along the way to a semi-final finish. In the latest FIFA World Rankings released today, Wales have moved …

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World Cup Round-Up: Wins For Italy And Wales As Spain Score Eight

Spain's forward Diego Costa (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the WC 2018 football qualification match between Spain and Liechtenstein at the Reyno de Leon Stadium in Leon on September 5, 2016. / AFP / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

The second wave of European qualifiers’ opening weekend took place tonight, as 2006 winners Italy and 2010 champions Spain got their respective campaigns underway. In Group D, Georgia and Austria began proceedings in the early kick-off. In what could have been a very tricky tie for an Austrian side still reeling from a poor Euro 2016, first half goals from Marc Janco …

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Diego Costa Lashes Out At Criticial Spanish Media Following Win Over Belgium

While Diego Costa has a love/hate relationship even with his own supporters, the striker also feels the Spanish media are at the root of his problems with the national side. On Thursday night, Costa was back in the international set up under new manager Julen Lopetegui following his omission from the squad that took part in Euro 2016 under Vicente Del Bosque. As reported in …

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International Round-Up: Wins For Brazil And France But Netherlands Humiliated Again

Neymar celebrates the first goal for Brazil during World Cup Qualifying match Russia 2018, played between Ecuador and Brazil that is played at the Olimpic Stadium Atahualpa in Quito, Thursday September 01, 2016. (Photo by Alberto Suarez/ ACG).

Brazil got their World Cup qualification campaign back on track last night with a 3-0 win away at Ecuador. The Seleção, under new management in the form of former Corinthians boss Tite, had collected only 9 points from their opening six games, leaving their chances of reaching the finals in Russia looking on uncharacteristically shaky ground. However, they left it relatively late …

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Opinion: Champions League Restructuring – UEFA Bends To Will Of Big Four

NYON, SWITZERLAND - JULY 19: A UEFA Champions League draw ball is being prepared backstage prior to the UEFA Champions League Q3 qualifying round draw rehearsal on July 19, 2013 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

UEFA have taken the rather baffling decision of amending the qualification process for the Champions League from next season.  The top four leagues (currently Spain, Germany, England and Italy in that order) will qualify four teams automatically through to the group stages taking half of all the positions available without the risk of entering a play off. Many people will shrug their shoulders …

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Exclusive – England’s Maggie Alphonsi: ‘Wanting To Be The Best Is What Has Always Driven Me’

“Playing in the final against New Zealand, singing the national anthem and having about 14,000 in there, singing the anthem back to you, it fills you with a lot of emotions and you feel very passionate about your country, what you stand for and what you’re there for.” Passionately patriotic and with an unwavering desire to succeed, England’s Maggie Alphonsi …

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International Rugby: The ‘Drop Kick Kings’ XV

The drop goal is one of the many features of the sport of rugby that are unique to the game. It’s also an incredibly potent weapon for beating sides in attritional matches and we’ve seen a regular occurence of them during world cup tournaments. This writer has put together a side made up of players in each position who have …

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Confirmed: Spain Appoint New National Team Manager

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Julen Lopetegui, manager of FC Porto looks on during the Pre Season Friendly match between West Bromwich Albion and FC Porto at The Hawthorns on August 9, 2014 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Spain have today confirmed that they have found a successor to Vincente Del Bosque. The Royal Spanish Football Federation have selected former Porto manager Julen Lopetegui as the man to lead the Spanish national side into the next World Cup in 2018 and beyond. Lopetegui has a distinguished background in the national setup, having managed the under-19 and under-21 sides …

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