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Euro 2020 draw: team-by-team guide to the 20 qualified nations

All you need to know about the teams entering the draw on Saturday for next summer’s European Championship finals Continue reading…

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Euro 2020 draw: team-by-team guide to the 20 qualified nations

All you need to know about the teams entering the draw on Saturday for next summer’s European Championship finals Continue reading…

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‘I do not want anyone like that on my staff’: Luis Enrique on sacking Moreno – video

Luis Enrique’s has spoken for the first time after returning to his post as Spain manager. He has accused his predecessor and former assistant, Robert Moreno, of being disloyal. ‘I do not want anyone like that on my staff,’ said Luis Enrique. The retur…

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Luis Enrique says he sacked Robert Moreno from Spain post for ‘disloyalty’

• Returning Spain manager did not want Moreno as his No 2 again• Luis Enrique claims Moreno asked to stay in charge at Euro 2020Luis Enrique returned to his post as Spain manager and took full responsibility for Robert Moreno’s departure from the natio…

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Miracle man Cazorla dances on as last of Spain’s pioneer generation | Barney Ronay

Watching Santi Cazorla against Romania it was hard to shake this sense of a player with an unusual grasp of timeA few years ago the American novelist Nicholson Baker wrote a book about a man with the power to stop the world around him. In this state, c…

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How Luis Enrique’s Spain return turned from a fiesta into a crisis | Sid Lowe

Robert Moreno always said he would willing step aside for Luis Enrique to retake the reins but something changed and Spain were caught completely off-guardIt should have been the best of news, something to celebrate; instead, the Spanish football feder…

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How Luis Enrique’s Spain return turned from a fiesta into a crisis | Sid Lowe

Robert Moreno always said he would willing step aside for Luis Enrique to retake the reins but something changed and Spain were caught completely off-guardIt should have been the best of news, something to celebrate; instead, the Spanish football feder…

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Luis Enrique set for Spain return as Roberto Moreno walks away in tears

• Moreno has guided Spain to Euro 2020 finals• Luis Enrique stepped down to help look after his daughterLuis Enrique is set to return as Spain’s manager on Tuesday, five months after giving up the post. He left because his nine-year-old daughter, who s…

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Euro 2020 roundup: Italy crush Armenia 9-1 while Spain hammer Romania

• Seven goalscorers in Italian record victory• Switzerland win group with 6-1 win in GibraltarItaly produced the biggest win against European opposition in their history when they crushed Armenia 9-1 in Palermo. The Azzurri, who had already qualified f…

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‘Our art and his art’: inside Cirque du Soleil’s show dedicated to Messi | Sid Lowe

Show’s female Chilean freestyler and captain of Barcelona Women on the project expressing Messi’s career through performance and their hopes for women’s sport‘The email said: ‘You’ve been chosen for Messi10’ and I started to cry,” Catalina Vega says. “…

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David Villa to retire: a look back at Spain’s most prolific goalscorer – video report

Spanish striker David Villa is to retire from football in January. The 37-year-old will finish his career at Vissel Kobe in Japan. The forward scored 59 goals in 98 appearances for Spain, five of them coming at the 2010 World Cup, where Spain were crow…

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David Villa to retire: ‘It’s better to leave football before football leaves me’

Striker will finish career in January with Vissel Kobe37-year-old scored 59 goals in 98 appearances for SpainSpanish striker David Villa says he will retire in January. The 37-year-old will finish his career with Vissel Kobe in January of next year at …

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Rodri: ‘Klopp’s teams go at you like animals. They’re like a knife’

Manchester City’s record signing on his fear of tattoos, still being at university and where he and his teammates need to improve“You can pretend a couple of times, play a role a bit, but in the end you are what you are,” Rodrigo Hernández says, and he…

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Euro 2020 roundup: Spain qualify but David de Gea limps off

• Manchester United keeper suffers leg injury in second half• Sweden 1-1 Spain; Teemu Pukki scores twice for FinlandSpain needed an injury-time goal from Rodrigo to draw 1-1 with Sweden in Stockholm and book their place at Euro 2020 with two matches to…

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Euro 2020 roundup: Spain qualify but David de Gea limps off

• Manchester United keeper suffers leg injury in second half• Sweden 1-1 Spain; Teemu Pukki scores twice for FinlandSpain needed an injury-time goal from Rodrigo to draw 1-1 with Sweden in Stockholm and book their place at Euro 2020 with two matches to…

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Euro 2020 roundup: Spain held by Norway, Poulsen sinks Swiss

• Aaron Connolly misses late chance in Ireland stalemate• Italy, Sweden and Bosnia-Herzegovina cruise to winsAaron Connolly, on his debut, almost snatched victory for the Republic of Ireland after coming off the bench – but ultimately his side laboured…

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Barcelona’s Ansu Fati cleared to play for Spain after being granted passport

16-year-old could have played for Guinea-Bissau or PortugalExpected to travel with Spain to Under-17 World Cup in BrazilThe Barcelona forward Ansu Fati has been cleared to play for the Spanish national team after he was granted a passport on Friday, wi…

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Euro 2020 roundup: Italy beat Finland and Norway claim draw with Sweden

• Chelsea’s Jorginho scores winner for Italy• Henrikh Mkhitaryan gets two as Armenia winItaly required a late penalty to extend their 100% record in Euro 2020 qualifying with a 2-1 win over Finland in Tampere. Finland looked to be heading for a shock p…

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Euro 2020 qualifying: Sweden v Norway, Finland v Italy and more – live!

Updates from Sunday’s matches, including Spain v Faroe IslandsSaturday’s fixtures: France cruise after Albania anthem debacleEmail Alex or tweet him with your thoughts 7.47pm BST And we’re off. And Spain have started off with – get this – a spell of in…

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Euro 2020 qualifying roundup: Spain cling on, Italy rally and Pukki scores

• Kepa Arrizabalaga shines in Spain’s 2-1 win over Romania• Italy come back from goal down to beat Armenia 3-1Spain began life without Luis Enrique by clinging on for a tense 2-1 victory over Romania to maintain their perfect record in Euro 2020 qualif…