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Euro 2020 team profile: Group E – Poland, Sweden and Slovakia
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Euro 2020 team profile: Group E – Poland, Sweden and Slovakia

POLAND Head coach: Paulo Sousa (Portuguese) Captain: Robert Lewandowski Most capped player: Robert Lewandowski (118) Top scorer: Robert Lewandowski (66) FIFA ranking: 21 European Championship appearances: 3 (first in 2008) Best run: Quarter-finals in 2016 Group rivals: Spain, Sweden, and Slovakia Key players: Robert Lewandowski, Wojciech Szczesny, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Kamil Glik, Maciej Rybus, Przemasław Frankowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Krzysztof Piątek, Bartosz Bereszynski. Status: Poland are a solid side. They have one of the best strikers in the world in the person of Robert Lewandowski.  They have also found a quality in Paulo Sousa and with the Portuguese at the helm, they will be hoping to better their best-ever European Championship result of a quarter...
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Santi Cazorla recalled by Spain ahead of Euro Qualifiers

Former Arsenal midfielder Santiago Cazorla has been surprisingly recalled to the Spain senior national team. The 34-year-old has previously garnered 77 caps for Spain and played his part in the team that emerged victoriously in Euro 2008 and 2012. The player reportedly broke down in tears when the news of his recall reached him. It can be recalled that his career was almost hampered after he sustained a horrific Achilles injury which required numerous surgeries and eventually ended his adventures with Arsenal after his contract reached its expiration last summer. READ: Barcelona to use Camp Nou as Rugby pitch Santi Cazorla had been out of action for 18 months before then. He rejoined Villareal where he began his senior footballing career and worked his way to full fitness, maki...
Enrique – Decision to exclude players is not personal
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Enrique – Decision to exclude players is not personal

Spain boss and former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has insisted that the exclusion of players is not down to personal reasons but sporting reasons. This is coming after Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba was yet again left out by the new Spanish gaffer. Luis Enrique announced the 23-man squad on Thursday ahead of the games against Wales and England, with Jordi Alba excluded. In a chat with reporters, Enrique stated: “I do not discuss players who are not in the squad” “However, anyone not selected is because of sporting reasons, not personal ones and there are only 23 players who I can select – if possible, I could bring in many more who could do a job. READ: Alleged rape – Mayorga issues summons to Cristiano Ronaldo “Paco Alcacer? I know him well, he was fantastic at Valenc...
Mixed emotions as Iniesta announces Barcelona exit
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Mixed emotions as Iniesta announces Barcelona exit

Andres Iniesta has announced that he will part ways with Barcelona at the end of the season and this sparked up an emotional response as the club legend struggled to hold back his tears. Iniesta officially confirmed his departure from Barcelona on Friday, thus bringing an end to a very successful career at Camp Nou, although he found it difficult to disclose the news. READ: Mourinho – I didn’t sell Salah from Chelsea Having faced the reality that his footballing career at Barcelona would be over by the end of the season, Iniesta's voice trembles as his eyes welled up. His reaction in the course of the announcement triggered a strong emotional response from others at the conference. There are speculations that the Spaniard could be set for a switch to the Chinese Super League al...
Athletic Bilbao trigger Inigo Martinez clause
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Athletic Bilbao trigger Inigo Martinez clause

  Athletic Bilbao are set to conclude the signing of defender Inigo Martinez from Real Sociedad according to various reports emerging from the press in Spain. Inigo Martinez has a 36 million euro release clause at the Anoeta and Athletic Bilbao are eager to get their man as a replacement for Aymeric Laporte who is set to make a move to Manchester City this week in a deal reported to be around 70 million euros. READ: Ahmed Musa completes loan move to CSKA Moscow The defender was heavily linked with Barcelona this summer before the Camp Nou outfit reportedly decided to back off from the deal. The Center Back was also linked with a move to Manchester City. Meanwhile, reports cross Spain, from the likes of Marca and El Mundo Deportivo are claiming that the deal which sees M...
Morocco fighting for Munir El-haddadi switch
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Morocco fighting for Munir El-haddadi switch

  According to reports, Morocco will be looking to persuade authorities to give Alaves attacker Munir El-Haddadi the approval to switch his allegiance from Spain. Munir's dada was Moroccan while his mum is Spanish and hails from the autonomous city of Melilla on the North Coast of Africa, although he has been involved in one competitive game for the Spanish national team. READ: Arsenal are not North London derby underdogs – Wenger Morocco secured qualification to Russia 2018 after a 20-year absence and have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Munir who is currently on a loan deal to Alaves from Barcelona has played just 13 minutes for the Spanish national team in 2014 against Macedonia and is not permitted to play for another national side due to FIFA r...
England and Spain to miss out on top seeds in Russia 2018 draws.
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England and Spain to miss out on top seeds in Russia 2018 draws.

  The likes of England and Spain will not be in Pot One when the draws for Russia 2018 will be made. This is due to the latest FIFA rankings which has effectively decided the teams that will be eligible for Pot One when the draws will be made on December 1. READ: Guardiola insists City must adapt to Napoli ahead of UCL clash Russia, who are the hosts, alongside Germany, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, and France all make the list of the top seeded teams. Russia's presence as hosts with their automatic qualification ensured that Spain missed out on the top group although they moved from 11th to 8th. England also made some upward moves as they climbed to 12th position and may probably be put in Pot Two. Peru could be described as the biggest winners in th...