Spain's World Cup

Spain's World Cup

Spain's World Cup win lifts Sergio Garcia

STRUGGLING Spaniard Sergio Garcia hopes the combination of his country's World Cup win and the supportive Open crowds can help resurrect his career.

Del Bosque urges caution as Spain prepare to tackle Paraguay

SPAIN coach Vicente del Bosque will not be taking anything for granted when his side come up against Paraguay in their World Cup quarter-final.

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Aragones is gonna stay put

VETERAN coach Luis Aragones has signed a contract extension that will see him remain in charge of Spain until the end of the 2008 European Championships.

Spanish fans accused of racially taunting French squad

SPAIN are at the centre of another racism row after it was claimed their fans taunted the France squad as they arrived for Tuesday's World Cup last-16 match in Hanover.

Spanish agony proves big players need to step it up

NOW that we've reached the quarter-finals it is time the big-name players really started to live up to their reputations because absolutely everything is at stake.

Aragones' remarks pep up clash with France

FOREVER tainted by accusations of racism, Spain coach Luis Aragones' unsavoury remarks in 2004 about Thierry Henry have added an extra edge to his country's last-16 clash with France in Hanover tonight.

Aragones keen on Joaquin

JOAQUIN could be the surprise element when Spain take on France in their second-round showdown in Hanover.

Bullish Torres is sure Spain can reign

FERNANDO Torres believes Spain have the right temperament to go all the way in Germany.

Torres and Raul reign for Spain

SPAIN 3 Raul (72) Torres (76, 90 pen)

Villa realistic about his goals

SPAIN forward David Villa insists winning the Golden Boot award at the World Cup is not in his thoughts at the moment.

Spain stick with potent recipe

IMPRESSIVE starters Spain have promised more of the same when they face Tunisia in their second Group H match today.

Aragones has Spain fired up

PERHAPS it was a measure of Spain's manly intent - or maybe just another example of the madness of their manager - but when Luis Aragones was offered a bouquet of flowers upon his team's arrival in Germany for the World Cup the old man brushed the gesture away, his masculinity possibly affronted by the aroma of freshly cut roses. "There's no room up my arse for the hair of a shrimp never mind flowers," he thundered. Er, thank you, Luis. And have a nice stay.

'Spaniards seem ready to end years of heartache'

THERE have been a few teams in the tournament that haven't lived up to expectations so far but you certainly couldn't say that about Spain after their 4-0 thrashing of Ukraine.

Torres heads for the stars

SPAIN manager Luis Aragones believes Fernando Torres has the ability to become the star of the World Cup.

Scintillating Spain signal intent as Villa leads blitz of ten-man Ukraine

LET's not get too carried away quite yet. They were, after all, playing against ten men for virtually the whole of the second half, they scored a penalty that should never have been awarded and they had the energy-sapping conditions in their favour.

Raul plays down his exclusion from Spanish line-up

SPAIN striker Raul insists he has no problem with coach Luis Aragones for failing to pick him for this afternoon's Group H opener with Ukraine.

Aragones: Spain will improve

SPAIN coach Luis Aragones gave a mixed verdict on the 2-0 friendly win over Egypt. After goals from Real Madrid's Raul and Arsenal's Jose Antonio Reyes had secured the victory,

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