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

Juande Ramos: Spain don't start with Fabregas for a simple reason: with a squad this good, they'll win without him

The Spanish Angle: I cannot remember a better Spain squad in my lifetime. They are very used to playing with each other and that gives them a big advantage

Torres still in doubt for Spain's opener but Iniesta on the mend

Spain striker Fernando Torres is unlikely to feature in the European champions' opening Group H match against Switzerland in Durban on Wednesday, the national coach Vicente del Bosque has said.

Goal of the tournament? (And it hasn't even begun)

Spain's flowing move in their 6-0 friendly win is sending shivers down the spines of their rivals

Nani ruled out after bad break on training ground

Nani yesterday became the second Manchester United player to exit the World Cup before a ball has been kicked when he withdrew from the Portugal squad with a shoulder injury.

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Mourinho's praise for 'box-to-box' stars reignites Gerrard speculation

Jose Mourinho has been praising the virtues of the British box-to-box midfielder leaving Madrid press to speculate that despite his prediction of a quiet summer at the Bernabeu, a move for Liverpool's Steven Gerrard could yet come to pass.

Fabregas will slot into Barça team as power of Xavi and Iniesta fades

New recruit would not struggle to find a starting role at Nou Camp

Fabregas admits desire to play for Barça and wants future 'sorted'

Spaniard hints at Arsenal exit as he says Catalans would be the 'only team' that could tempt him away

Torres 'uncertain' for spain opener

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Barcelona promise not to bid for Fabregas

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has revealed Barcelona have assured the Gunners they will not table a bid for Cesc Fabregas this summer.

Are Barcelona simply the greatest team of all time?

From the magnificence of Messi to the genius of Guardiola, Barça left the world spellbound on Tuesday. John Carlin, who watches every week, explains how this side rose to such dizzying heights

Not quite a one-man team as Xavi plays best supporting act to the hero

Barça's Mr Reliable holds misfiring midfield together and enables Messi to shine

Arsenal cannot fear Messi says Vermaelen

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen maintains there will be "no time to be intimidated" by Lionel Messi when Barcelona head to Emirates Stadium for tomorrow night's Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Messi: the man who has Europe running scared

With five goals in the past two games, there is one overwhelming reason why every team in the Champions League draw today will want to avoid Barcelona. Glenn Moore on the magic of Messi

Pique expects Fabregas to join Barcelona

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is confident that Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will head back to the Camp Nou in the future, maybe as soon as next summer.

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