Spain’s six-year dominance of world soccer ended with a historic jolt.
Before last night’s final with Barcelona, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson believed there was a “solution” to stop any player, even Lionel Messi .
Luis Aragones, the soccer coach who led Spain to the European Championship in 2008, has died in Madrid, the Spanish Soccer Federation said on its website. He was 75.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Coach Josep Guardiola led the celebrations after Barcelona beat archrival Real Madrid to a place in the Champions League final.
Spain beat France 1-0 to move to the top of its group in qualifying for soccer’s 2014 World Cup, while Montenegro rallied for a 1-1 draw with England.
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.
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.
For the third time in six seasons, Barcelona is the king of European soccer.
When Lionel Messi or his FC Barcelona teammates lift their shirts after scoring a goal, soccer fans will see Intel Corp.’s logo under a sponsorship that puts its logo on the inside of the team’s jerseys.
"We went into the game a bit cold and we paid for it."
- Xavi Hernandez on Aug 29, 2012