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New York City FC's David Villa eyeing spot in Spain's World Cup squad

David Villa was recalled by Spain coach Julen Lopetegui for two World Cup qualifiers in August.

New York City FC forward David Villa says he will be "working hard" to play in his fourth consecutive World Cup this summer.

Spain's all-time top scorer with 59 goals in 98 games, Villa is hoping to have a strong start to the Major League Soccer season in order to win a place in Julen Lopetegui's squad for the tournament in Russia.

"The only thing I can do is to give my best for New York City FC when the league starts in March," the 36-year-old Villa told EFE while attending a conference of the...

Argentina confirm pre-World Cup friendly game against Spain

Lionel Messi hopes that Argentina will reach another World Cup final, but admits he's focusing on the group stage first.
In an interview with ESPN FC, Lionel Messi hits back at claims he makes the decisions for Argentina.
Jorge Ramos breaks down each of the five qualified South American teams' groups following the World Cup draw.

Argentina will play an international friendly against Spain in March in preparation for the World Cup, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia has confirmed.

The encounter will be on March 27 at a venue yet to be finalised, four days after Argentina take on Italy in a friendly in Basel, Switzerland.

"We will play two friendlies in March against two very prestigious [national] teams," TyC Sports reported Tapia as saying. "They are two important national sides and will give...

Diego Costa return for Atletico Madrid will boost Spain - Julen Lopetegui

Sid Lowe explains why Spain are content with drawing Portugal in Group B and evaluates their chances of winning the World Cup.
The ESPN FC panel break down Group B where they feel Portugal and Spain are favourites over Morocco and Iran.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui is hopeful Diego Costa will be a big hit when he returns to play for Atletico Madrid in the New Year.

Costa has not played a competitive game since starting for Spain on June 11 in a World Cup qualifier against Macedonia. and missed the national team's final four qualifiers after a dispute with his then club Chelsea.

The Brazil-born striker resolved his future by returning to his former club, Atletico, in September but cannot be registered until the transfer window opens...

Spain court removes suspended RFEF president Angel Maria Villar

Sid Lowe explains why Spain are content with drawing Portugal in Group B and evaluates their chances of winning the World Cup.

The Spanish football federation says Spain's administrative court for sport has fired Angel Maria Villar from its presidency.

Villar had already been suspended from the post after he, his son, and two other football officials were arrested in July on suspicion of improper management, misappropriation of funds, corruption, and falsifying documents.

Villar, who has denied wrongdoing, resigned his vice presidencies of FIFA and UEFA following his arrest. But he tried to stay on as the head of the Spanish...

Pep Guardiola calls for release of pro-Catalan independence figures

Gab Marcotti explains the uncertain position Barcelona could find themselves in if Catalonia gains independence from Spain.

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has appealed to the Spanish government to release the pro-Catalan independent activists and politicians who are in jail.

Guardiola also spoke about Thursday's regional election results in Catalonia and also responded to reports in Spain that he is named in a police report investigating Catalan independence.

El Nacional newspaper reported that Guardiola is among those named in a report investigating activists Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, two leading figures...