Spain’s six-year dominance of world soccer ended with a historic jolt.
Defending champion Spain, which has won the last three major soccer tournaments it has played, will be eliminated after two World Cup games if it follows a 5-1 humbling by the Netherlands with a loss today against Chile.
Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta plans to go global with his new winery. He first wants to get his team into the World Cup final.
Andres Iniesta emerged from under the bodies of his jubilant teammates as the scorer of the latest-ever World Cup winning goal. The Barcelona midfielder says he didn’t do anything special.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Lionel Messi was crowned soccer’s best player for an unprecedented fourth straight time after the Barcelona and Argentina forward broke the record for goals in a calendar year.
Barcelona has appealed a proposed suspension for Andres Iniesta after the midfielder allegedly got a yellow card on purpose during a recent Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk.
European champion Spain beat 10-man Chile 2-1 at the World Cup to set up a round-of-16 game against Portugal. The Chileans also advanced and will face Brazil for a place in the quarterfinals.
Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Xavi are the finalists for world player of the year, soccer’s governing body said today.
Defending champion Spain beat Croatia 1-0 last night to reach the quarterfinals of soccer’s European Championship, with Italy also advancing after a 2-0 win against Ireland.
"I wished we had played one or two days later because waiting is really hard."
- Andres Iniesta on Jun 17, 2014