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.
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.
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.
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.
JOAQUIN could be the surprise element when Spain take on France in their second-round showdown in Hanover.
FERNANDO Torres believes Spain have the right temperament to go all the way in Germany.
SPAIN 3 Raul (72) Torres (76, 90 pen)
SPAIN forward David Villa insists winning the Golden Boot award at the World Cup is not in his thoughts at the moment.
IMPRESSIVE starters Spain have promised more of the same when they face Tunisia in their second Group H match today.
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.
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.
SPAIN manager Luis Aragones believes Fernando Torres has the ability to become the star of the World Cup.
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.
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.
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,