Posts Tagged ‘Spain’

  1. Closing Thoughts on the Confederations Cup


    July 3, 2013 by Zac MacPhee


    Brazil can (and will) challenge for World Cup 2014

  2. Spain 0 (7) – Italy 0 (6): Spain advance on penalties


    June 28, 2013 by Zac MacPhee


    A dramatic and tactical masterclass, that. 

    Prandelli’s formation shift to a 3-4-2-1 was courageously adopted and brilliantly executed, forcing Spain (and perhaps more importantly, Jordi Alba) to play deeper than either are accustomed to. By playing Maggio and Giaccherini as wingbacks, Prandelli effectively marked the wide areas of the field as Italian territory, forcing the Spanish fullbacks, Alba and Arbeloa, into more defensive positions. 

    With De Rossi and Pirlo back in the starting eleven (the former sat due to suspension while the latter for injury), the Italian midfield more than held their own against the star-studded Spaniards. Indeed, the Spanish often looked bothered for much of the first half, unable to create good chances or set their own tempo, instead only being allowed to take what the Italians gave them.

  3. Five Stars of the Euro U21s


    June 20, 2013 by Sean Charles

    Spain continued their dominance of almost every youth level by easily defeating Italy 4-2 in the Euro U21s Final on Tuesday night in Israel.  Here are a rundown of the five standout performers of the tournament:

    5) Adam Maher


  4. Euro 2012: France 0-2 Spain Match Report


    June 24, 2012 by Sean Charles


    Line-Ups and Formation:

    Blanc surprised us by starting Anthony Reveilliere at right-back and playing Debuchy in front of him at the right-hand side of midfield.  Malouda was also preferred to Samir Nasri and as expected, Laurent Koscielny replaced the suspended Mexes.

    Del Bosque also had a slight surprise of his own in starting Cesc Fabregas as the false nine in place of Fernando Torres.  All else remained as it were with the Spanish starting line-up.


  5. Euro 2012: Preview France – Spain


    June 23, 2012 by Sean Charles

    This game will kick-off at 19:45 GMT.

    Formation and Team News:

     France (4-2-3-1):  Lloris, Debuchy, Koscielny, Rami, Clichy, Cabaye, M’Vila, Menez, Nasri, Ribery, Benzema.


    Spain (4-3-2-1): Casillas, Arbeloa, Ramos, Pique, Alba, Busquets, Alonso, Xavi, Silva, Iniesta, Torres.


    Laurent Koscielny will replace the suspended Philippe Mexes at the heart of the French defence. Cabaye could also be back in the starting line-up after missing the game against Sweden due to a thigh injury. It seems likely that Jeremy Menez will start this game after France’s less than impressive display against Sweden in his absence, ending the French 23 game unbeaten run. Also, with the disappointing form of Samir Nasri, Blanc may even attempt to turn the midfield into a battlefield by dropping Nasri and instead going with Diarra, Cabaye and M’Vila, giving Cabaye the freedom to break forward as a box-to-box midfielder.

  6. Sweden 2 France 0- Match report


    June 20, 2012 by Adam Gray

    France surrendered their 22 match unbeaten record with a slow, disjointed performance in Kiev that will have Laurent Blanc concerned about his sides chances of going past the quarter-final stage of this tournament. France will now play Spain as they finished runners-up in Group B thanks to this defeat to a Swedish side that had already been eliminated.

    Despite the French sporadically threatening in a nervy affair, the Swedes had the majority of the chances and took the lead through a superb Zlatan Ibrahimovic volley shortly after half-time, before Sebastian Larsson sealed the win in the final stages of the match. Whilst the result restored a great deal of pride to a poor tournament for Erik Hamren’s men, the French will head into Saturday’s difficult encounter with Spain facing questions over their mentality after limping through the group stage.

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