Costa denies Brazil offer

Diego Costa has refuted Luiz Felipe Scolari's claims that he contacted the Spain striker about the possibility of him representing his native Brazil in this summer's World Cup. The 25-year-old striker opted to represent Spain, where he plays his club football for Atletico Madrid, and made his debut for them in

Spain name 23-man WC squad

Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque has announced the 23-man squad he will take to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with the injured Diego Costa a notable inclusion. Brazil-born Costa has been recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in the last La Liga game of the season against Barcelona, which he

Scolari: My team is ready

Luiz Felipe Scolari has been the coach of a host country at a major footballing tournament before when he led Portugal to the final of UEFA EURO 2004. He believes that experience will be crucial over the next 100 days as he prepares to lead Brazil at world football's showpiece

Puyol faces World Cup snub

Spain assistant coach Toni Grande admits Barcelona club captain Carles Puyol faces an uphill battle to be included in the World Cup squad. The veteran centre-back was at the heart of La Roja's defence for both their 2008 European Championship win and their World Cup triumph in South Africa two years

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Victor Valdes out until New Year

Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper has been ruled out of action until January 2014 at the earliest due to an injury picked up in Spain's loss to South Africa in Johannesburg. Valdes came on as a half-time replacement for Iker Casillas on Tuesday but pulled up with the injury just 25 minutes