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Facebook buys rights to show La Liga games in India

Company signs exclusive three-year agreement to screen all 380 Spanish top-flight football matches across south Asia Facebook has bought the rights to show Spanish top-flight football in the Indian subcontinent in the latest move by a US technology com…

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Ander Herrera defends David de Gea after goalkeeper’s World Cup struggles

• Goalkeeper criticised during Spain’s World Cup campaign• ‘He is the best keeper in the world; he will show it again’Ander Herrera has defended David de Gea by saying the Manchester United goalkeeper was criticised during Spain’s World Cup campaign be…

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World Cup 2018: 32 fans from 32 countries review the tournament

As the dust settles on the World Cup in Russia, readers have been sharing their verdicts on their teams’ performancesI could not be prouder of my team. To see France do so well and bring such happiness to the country has been an incredible experience. …

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World Cup 2018 player ratings: marks for every single performance in Russia

After every game in Russia we asked our readers to rate the players and here are the verdicts, per game as well as average rating for the tournament The Russia World Cup came to a close with the France v Croatia final at the Luzhniki. There were 63 ga…

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How Russia 2018 saw claustrophobic football crowd tiki-taka off world stage | Jorge Valdano

The changing of the tactical guard at the World Cup was marked by early exits for Germany and Spain, and now the pace and aggression of France shows the way forwardWhen France won the 1998 World Cup, they brought cross-culturalism – which in football i…

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How Russia 2018 saw claustrophobic football crowd tiki-taka off world stage | Jorge Valdano

The changing of the tactical guard at the World Cup was marked by early exits for Germany and Spain, and now the pace and aggression of France shows the way forwardWhen France won the 1998 World Cup, they brought cross-culturalism – which in football i…

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Spain appoint Luis Enrique as new coach on two-year deal

• Former Barcelona manager replaces interim Fernando Hierro• His first game in charge will be against England in SeptemberSpain have named Luis Enrique as their new head coach after Fernando Hierro stepped down from temporary charge following their las…

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Spain appoint Luis Enrique as new coach on two-year deal

• Former Barcelona manager replaces interim Fernando Hierro• His first game in charge will be against England in SeptemberSpain have named Luis Enrique as their new head coach after Fernando Hierro stepped down from temporary charge following their las…

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Fernando Hierro walks away from Spain after World Cup disappointment

Spain coach was due to revert to sporting director role‘Hierro wishes to undertake new professional challenges’Fernando Hierro, Spain’s stand-in coach during the World Cup, is to leave the Spanish football federation after turning down the chance to re…

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Barcelona club denies former president illegally bought liver for French footballer

Sandro Rosell did not buy transplant organ for player Éric Abidal and surgery was legal says FC clubFC Barcelona has emphatically denied reports that its former president, Sandro Rosell, illegally bought a liver for the French defender Éric Abidal six …

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Possession lost on the World Cup stage as defences learn to adapt | Jonathan Wilson

Tactical postmortems must also factor in those things which cannot be planned for, as Spain and Germany can attestNo side, perhaps, is ever so much itself as when it is going out of the World Cup. When teams – or at least those with aspirations to the …

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World Cup 2018 power rankings: Brazil reign while Sweden still edge England

With all the last-16 ties played we rank the teams who made it to the knockout stages of the World Cup, with Sweden and England rising while Spain plummet nine places to 16thIt looks like Brazil’s World Cup to lose now. They reduced Mexico to huff and …

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‘They took our leader away’ – how Spain’s World Cup unravelled | Sid Lowe

They never recovered from Julen Lopetegui’s sacking and Russia defeat sparked a debate on whether tiki-taka’s era is over“Yes, it’s over”, Andrés Iniesta said on his way out, leaving the World Cup and the Spain team for the last time. “Sometimes goodby…

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Spain supporters dismayed after shock World Cup exit to Russia – video

Spanish fans saw their dream of repeating the 2010 World Cup triumph shattered on Sunday as hosts Russia beat them on penalties. After a 1-1 draw in regulation time, Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved Koke’s and Iago Aspas’s spot kicks, bringi…

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England fans scramble to join carnival in Moscow as Russia fells Spain

Host’s success contributes to feelgood atmosphere as England prepares to face ColombiaMoscow hummed with the sound of car horns and pavement parties on Sunday as Russia celebrated defeating Spain in a nerve jangling World Cup penalty shootout and Engla…

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Tiki-taxi for Spain as style becomes vice against Russia’s rearguard | Barney Ronay

Finesse was no match for the World Cup hosts’ tenacity in their Moscow last?16 showdownTiki-taxi for Spain. On a slow-burn, increasingly wild afternoon at the Luzhniki Stadium the outstanding team of the age produced a quietly extraordinary performance…

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Russia fans celebrate beating Spain in World Cup penalty shootout – video

Russia fans wept and leapt for joy as Moscow went into meltdown after their football team knocked Spain out of the World Cup on penalties. Tens of thousands of fans in the capital’s Fifa fan fest crowded around several huge screens as th…

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Russia eliminate Spain from World Cup in last-16 penalty shootout

When the moment came, nerves taking hold of the Luzhniki Stadium, 144 million Russians and so many more across the globe looking upon him, Igor Akinfeev flew one way and the ball flew the other. But just as it appeared he might be beaten, somehow …

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Spain v Russia: World Cup 2018 – live!

Latest updates and score from the 3pm (BST) last-16 tieThiago Alcântara: ‘The most important thing is thinking fast’Feel free to email Paul or tweet: @Paul_Doyle 2.24pm BST “Is it just me (jitters!!) or is Spain also showing signs of the wrongheaded de…

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Spain v Russia: World Cup 2018 – live!

Latest updates and score from the 3pm (BST) last-16 tieThiago Alcântara: ‘The most important thing is thinking fast’Feel free to email Paul or tweet: @Paul_Doyle 2.24pm BST “Is it just me (jitters!!) or is Spain also showing signs of the wrongheaded de…