FIFA announces Brazil 2014 World Cup seeds

FIFA has announced the seeds for the 2014 World Cup finals draw after the October World Rankings were released on Thursday. The hosts Brazil, will be joined by Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Uruguay and Switzerland. Uruguay's place in the top pot of seeds is subject to winning the intercontinental playoff against

Fernando Hierro: I played with disc bulge till 37

Fernando Hierro has weighed in on the media frenzy surrounding Gareth Bale's fitness: "He had an unusual pre-season as his move wasn't sealed until the last minute. It's easy to judge and make decisions from the outside, but it is up to the club, the coach and the medical team to

Scolari offers Diego Costa no guarantees

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has denied reports he will guarantee Diego Costa a spot in his World Cup finals squad should the Atletico Madrid striker turn down Spain and remain with his home country. Costa is currently the subject of a ÔÇÿtug-of-warÔÇÖ between the two nations, with Brazil apparently looking

Spain 2-0 Georgia: Match Report

Holders Spain ensured they would be in Brazil next year to defend their World Cup title as goals from Alvaro Negredo and Juan Mata earned them victory over Georgia in Albacete. Spain only needed a draw to ensure they finished top of Group I ahead of France and Negredo's fourth goal

Spain 2-1 Belarus: Match Report

Second half goals from Xavi and Alvaro Negredo gave Spain a hard-fought but deserved victory at home to Belarus which leaves them on the verge of qualification for the World Cup finals. Vicente del Bosque's holders had to endure a frustrating 60 minutes against Georgi Kondratiev's side, who are bottom of

Vidal: It’s hard to play well against Spain

Arturo Vidal took a positive spin on ChileÔÇÖs draw with Spain, pointing to the performance his team put in. Chile were leading 2-1 heading into stoppages in Tuesday eveningÔÇÖs friendly in Geneva,┬áonly to see Jesus Navas pop up with a late equaliser. ÔÇ£We made every effort in the game, having arrived after

Spain 2-2 Chile: Match Report

Chile were denied a shock win over reigning world champions Spain on Tuesday thanks to a stoppage-time goal from Jesus Navas. Sloppy defending in the fourth minute allowed Eduardo Vargas to give the South Americans an early lead and, following Roberto Soldado's equaliser, the Gremio forward restored his side's advantage just

Wilshere: Fabregas is the best I’ve played with

Jack Wilshere says that he ÔÇ£learnt so muchÔÇØ while playing with Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal and believes the Barcelona midfielder is the best he has ever played with. The Spain international spent eight years with the Gunners before returning to Barcelona in 2011 and the England international holds his former team-mate

Del Bosque: Casillas dropped for trying to make peace

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has said he believes Iker Casillas was dropped by Real Madrid last season because he attempted to ease tensions between Spain internationals at the Bernabeu and Barcelona. Goalkeeper and national team captain Casillas was axed by former Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and Del Bosque feels his

Spain 2-1 Uruguay: Match Report

Spain opened their Confederations Cup campaign in style as the world and European champions outclassed Uruguay in Recife. Former Arsenal player Cesc Fabregas had already hit a post when Pedro's 22-yard attempt was deflected off Uruguay defender Diego Lugano into the net. Roberto Soldado doubled the lead from just inside the area

Germany out of Euro U21 championship

Germany followed England out of the European Under-21 Championship at the group stage after Alvaro Morata's late winner for Spain in Israel. The 2009 winners looked on course for a point which would have kept their hopes of progressing alive despite losing the first game 3-2 to the Netherlands. But Germany were stunned when Real Madrid striker Morata

Stars to watch at the UEFA Under-21 Championship

The UEFA European Under-21 Championship gets underway in Israel on Wednesday and threatens to be one of the highest quality in history. Boycotts and protests regarding the host nation may have been the main headlines heading into the tournament, but should football be allowed to be the focus of the

Del Bosque can count on me – Torres

Chelsea player Fernando Torres is "excited" at the chance of being picked today by Vicente del Bosque for the forthcoming Confederations Cup, a trophy that Spain has yet to win. "I'm really excited about going. Let's hope my name is on the list," the Chelsea forward said in a press conference

Benzema downplays whistles

Karim Benzema has downplayed the negative reception he received from France fans during last nightÔÇÖs defeat to Spain. The Real Madrid striker, who has endured criticism in his homeland for his form with the national team, yesterday surpassed 1,000 minutes of game-time with Les Bleus since last scoring. When substituted during the

France vs Spain: the statistics

Spain and France will meet in their 33rd encounter, with La Roja currently edging the fixture with the most wins. Vicente del BosqueÔÇÖs side head into tonightÔÇÖs must-win clash with Les Bleus with the stronger record of 14 wins, to FranceÔÇÖs 11, whilst there have been seven draws between the teams