Sport Andres Iniesta trains with the Spain squad

The playmaker came through the ranks at Barcelona while van Gaal was manager at the Camp Nou and reserved praise of the highest order for the Dutch coach

Villa wants 'change of luck' against Danes

Barcelona are struggling to click in front of goal this season and a nagging injury to the playmaker Xavi leaves coach Pep Guardiola with a dilemma ahead of FC Copenhagen's visit for tonight's Champions League fixture.

Xavi injury spoils Barcelona win over Valencia

Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola was delighted with his side’s 2-1 victory at home to in-form Valencia, but concerned by a fresh injury setback for skipper Xavi.

Scotland's brave fightback cruelly ended by Llorente

Scotland 2 Spain 3

Hleb has raised Birmingham expectations

Alex McLeish admits he does have to manage expectations slightly when it comes to Alexander Hleb as the midfielder adjusts to life having swapped Barcelona for Birmingham.

Spain's young masters wary of 'dynamic, physical England'

Fabio Capello may have paid little attention to the England Under-19 team's stubborn progress at the European Championship, but if they beat Spain in this afternoon's semi-final in Saint-Lo the senior team manager should seriously consider making the short hop across the Channel for Friday's final.

Defensive injuries lead Tottenham to consider £15m bid for Jagielka

Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager, has admitted he needs "one or two" additions to his squad as Spurs prepare to start the new season without the injured defensive pairing of Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King. "Jonathan's in a position where he can't train or kick a ball," Redknapp revealed.

Beware: Things can only get better for Barça

In the first of two reports about the giants of the Spanish game, Pete Jenson reveals that reports of a Catalan demise are premature

James Lawton: Will Spain join the immortals? One day perhaps, but not until they bring more goals

Great teams tend to score lots of goals in different ways. The brilliant Brazilians of 1970 tallied 19. But in South Africa, Spain scored just eight goals

Letters: Lords and education

End bias in our voting system

Blatter defends under-fire Webb

FIFA president Sepp Blatter today said English referee Howard Webb had a "very hard task" in last night's bad-tempered World Cup final between Spain and Holland that saw a record 14 yellow cards shown.

Dutch media blame 'chump' Webb for defeat

The Dutch media today labelled English referee Howard Webb a "chump" following his controversial display in Holland's 1-0 defeat to Spain in the World Cup final last night.

Spanish media pays tribute to World Cup winners

Spain's World Cup final victory against the Netherlands dominated the country's press today, with newspapers paying tribute to the first Spanish team to claim football's most prestigious trophy.

Fabregas hails historic moment for Spain

Cesc Fabregas hailed a historic moment for Spain after he helped LA Roja to their first World Cup triumph.

Kuyt joins criticism of Webb

Dirk Kuyt pointed the finger of blame for Holland's World Cup final defeat by Spain at English referee Howard Webb.

Spanish celebrations: 'They've done more for us than all our politicians'

Fiesta. Fiesta in the packed, smoky pubs. Fiesta with family in the homes. Fiesta on the sweltering streets.

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