Spain World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, probable line-up

first_imgONE TO WATCHAlready linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs, Real Sociedad right-back Alvaro Odriozola will be hoping to show off his talents in Russia. The 22-year-old has serious competition for his position as Dani Carvajal is the guaranteed first-choice, but a hamstring injury suffered by the Real Madrid star could mean he links up with the Spain squad when not fully fit.If that is the case, Odriozola will have the pre-tournament friendlies to try and establish himself in Lopetegui’s plans and add to his two caps.A typical modern full-back, Odriozola started his career on the wing before being pushed back into defence, and it shows as he loves to get forward and support the attack whenever given the chance; he grabbed an assist on his Spain debut by setting up Thiago Alcantara for a goal against Albania.Manchester United have been credited with interest in Odriozola, while Real Madrid and Barcelona are also said to have scouted the right-back who has a £40m release clause written into his Sociedad contract.FIXTURESFriday, June 15: PORTUGAL v Spain (Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi) – kick-off 19:00Wednesday, June 20: IRAN v Spain (Kazan Arena, Kazan) – kick-off 19:00Monday, June 25: Spain v MOROCCO (Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad) – kick-off 19:00KITS RECORD IN QUALIFYINGSpain were perhaps the most dominant team in European qualifying, ending five points clear of Italy at the top of Group G. They scored 36 goals in their 10 matches and conceded just three – their two games against Liechtenstein both ended 8-0 – and the only time they dropped points was when they visited Italy on matchday two and played out a 1-1 draw.Diego Costa, Isco and David Silva all finished with five goals to finish joint top of Spain’s scoring charts, and a 3-0 destruction of Italy was the best performance by any nation throughout the entire European qualification campaign.TOURNAMENT PREPARATIONSBefore getting their World Cup campaign underway, Spain played two friendly matches. The first was against Switzerland on June 3 in Villarreal, which they drew 1-1, and the second was scheduled for six days later in Krasnodar, the city in which Spain’s base camp is located. They faced England’s Group G opponents Tunisia and ran out 1-0 winners.BASE CAMPFC Krasnodar Academy, KrasnodarPROBABLE LINE-UPtalkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 4 Spain take part in their 15th World Cup this summer. talkSPORT.com takes an in-depth look at the Group B nation.MANAGERJulen Lopetegui was remarkably replaced on the eve of the World Cup after agreeing a deal to take charge of Real Madrid. Spain won 14 of their 20 games with Lopetegui in charge, drawing the other six, but the Spanish Football Federation were furious over when and how negotiations with Real took place and took the decision to sack him just days before they kick off their campaign against Portugal. Fernando Hierro, formerly of Real Madrid and Bolton, has moved from his role as Spain’s director of football to lead the team at the World Cup. His only experience as a manager was a brief spell in charge of Real Oviedo.CAPTAINOne of the best defenders of his generation, Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos will wear the armband for Spain in Russia. A veteran of 151 international caps and over 600 domestic matches, the 32-year-old is one of the most decorated footballers in the world, having claimed a wealth of silverware playing at both club and international level.As captain, Ramos has to deal with the fractures that may potentially exist in Lopetegui’s squad. The pro-Catalan independence Barcelona players and the rest of the squad must be brought together ahead of the tournament to ensure Spain play to the best of their ability. Ramos’ centre-back partner Gerard Pique is one of the most pro-independence members of the squad, and their relationship will signal to the rest of the players how to deal with differing political stances.KEY PLAYERThere are a number of goalscorers in Spain’s squad, but finding a reliable striker has been hard since the 2014 World Cup. Alvaro Morata was left out of the squad, meaning Diego Costa will likely lead the line for La Roja.Costa has finally established himself as an important player for Spain having struggled following the change of his international allegiance in 2013. He was their joint top scorer in qualifying, with five goals in five games, and he has netted seven times for Atletico Madrid since joining them in January.One of the hardest strikers in the world to defend against, Costa brings a consistent goal threat to Spain, and he’ll also alleviate the pressure on the attacking midfield players such as Isco, David Silva and Andres Iniesta, allowing them more time and space to express themselves in the final third. 4last_img read more

Top-ranked Dustin Johnson misses cut at Memorial

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. If there’s a bright side for Johnson — who followed a birdie-free 6-over 78 with a 74 on Friday — it is that he’ll have more time to prepare to defend his U.S. Open title in two weeks. First, though, he’ll go home to Florida for the birth of his second child.Johnson was tied for 97th at 8 over.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It felt like if something could go bad, it went bad,” Johnson said. “It was one thing after the other.”Phil Mickelson, who played with Johnson, said no one should doubt that Johnson will be back competing on the weekend as a string of majors begins with the Open on June 15. That was out of character. The 32-year-old Johnson has won three times — Genesis Open, WGC-Mexico Championship and WGC-Dell Match Play — and has four other top-10 finishes this season, including a runner-up finish in Abu Dhabi on the European Tour. He missed the cut in January at Torrey Pines.His previous worst score this year was a second-round 75 at the Wells Fargo Championship last month, his first tournament after missing the Masters because of a back injury suffered when he fell on stairs. In his last two outings, he tied for 12th and 13th.Next he’ll get ready to head to Wisconsin to see if he can be the first player since Curtis Strange in 1989 to win back-to-back U.S. Opens.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img AP Source: Bosh, Miami Heat reach agreement to part ways Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV “He had one or two bad holes. He had a bunch of things just not go his way,” said Mickelson, who was 4 under. “When you watch him play, it’s noticeable how much better he’s gotten over the years and how good he is.”Things definitely didn’t go Johnson’s way at Muirfield Village.His forgettable first round included a triple bogey on the par-3 16th after he hit his first shot in the water, and a double bogey on the sixth hole when he three-putted from 4 feet.It was the first time in four years he failed to make a birdie in a round.Johnson started with a bogey Friday and had two birdies before making the turn. On the seventh hole, he hit his second shot 227 yards to 6 feet but lipped out the eagle putt and settled for a birdie. He had three bogeys on the back nine.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ Dustin Johnson tees off on the fifth hole during the second round of the Memorial golf tournament, Friday, June 2, 2017, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)DUBLIN, Ohio — The No. 1 player in the world will have a rare weekend off.Dustin Johnson was unable to overcome a bad opening round at the Memorial and missed a cut for the second time this year.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Former Michigan Star Nik Stauskas’ House Got “Popcorned”

first_imgStauskas PopcornStauskas Popcorn Every year, NBA veterans like to haze rookies a bit, and one of the more popular moves is to “popcorn” a player’s car. Dion Waiters, who now plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder but was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, received one of the worst in history, if you remember. But this week, former Michigan star Nik Stauskas, who plays for the Sacramento Kings, came home to an even bigger surprise. He doesn’t have a car right now, so instead, his teammates popcorned his house. Stauskas posted a video of the damage. It’s significant.Stauskas averaged 4.2 points per game in 15.2 minutes per contest this year. He’s expected to have a bigger role in 2015-2016.last_img read more

Lingard says England didnt care which side of the draw they

first_imgJesse Lingard recently insisted the English did not give much thought to which side of the draw they would prefer down the road of their World Cup journey.Argentina and Portugal have already been eliminated in the first knockout round, which means the superstars Messi and Ronaldo will no longer be around.England, however, will be facing Colombia in their last-16 game on Tuesday. If they were to win, they would have to play against either Sweden or Switzerland.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“For us, it is game by game, and see where it takes us,” Lingard said, according to TalkSport.“We have to concentrate one game at a time. We are going to have to play the big teams sooner or later, and if you want to be the best team in the world, you have got to beat the big teams.”“We are not really fussed what side (of the draw) we got chosen on,” Lingard added.last_img read more

Emmy Nominations 2019 and how to watch them online

first_imgEmmy nominations for 2019 are finally here and several big names have made it to the final cut. Series like Russian Doll, Game of Thrones, This Is Us, and others are currently competing to win the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards.The year 2018-19 has been a big year for the entertainment industry. On one hand, we finally got to see Game of Thrones season 8 and a drastic tale of Chernobyl. At the same time, there were series’ like Russian doll and When They See Us that made everyone jump from their seats. This year, we also got to see some fantastic performances like Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams in HBO’s Game of Thrones and heartbreaking portrayal of Korey Wise by Jharrel Jerome.Earlier on Tuesday, the nominations for the upcoming Primetime Emmy Awards 2019 were officially announced. Following is the entire list of the nominations:Outstanding Comedy Series Barry 
Fleabag The Good Place The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Russian Doll Schitt’s Creek VeepOutstanding Drama Series Better Call Saul Bodyguard Game of Thrones Killing Eve Ozark Pose Succession This Is UsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Jason Bateman Sterling K. Brown Kit Harington Bob Odenkirk Billy Porter Milo Ventimiglia British actress Emilia Clarke poses as she arrives on May 15, 2018, for the screening of the film ‘ Solo: A Star Wars Story’ at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern FranceALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty ImagesOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesEmilia Clarke Jodie Comer Viola Davis Laura Linney Sandra Mandy Moore Robin WrightOutstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie Mahershala Ali for True Detective Benicio Del Toro for Escape at Dannemora Hugh Grant for A Very English Scandal Jared Harris for Chernobyl Jharrel Jerome for When They See Us Sam Rockwell for Fosse/VerdonOutstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie Amy Adams for Sharp Objects Patricia Arquette for Escape at Dannemora Emma Stone for Maniac Michelle Williams for Fosse/Verdon Aunjenaue Ellis for When They See Us Niecy Nash for When They See UsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Anthony Anderson Don Cheadle Ted Danson Michael Douglas Bill Hader Eugene LevyOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Christina Applegate for Dead to Me Rachel Brosnahan for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep Natasha Lyonne for Russian Doll Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag Catherine O’Hara for Schitt’s Creek  They See Us (@whentheyseeus/Instagram)Outstanding Limited SeriesChernobyl Escape at Dannemora Fosse/Verdon Sharp Object When They See UsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Anthony Carrigan for Barry Alan Arkin for The Kominsky Method Stephen Root for Barry Tony Hale for Veep Tony Shalhoub for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Henry Winkler for BarryOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jonathan Banks for Better Call Saul Giancarlo Esposito for Better Call Saul Alfie Allen for Game of Thrones Nikolaj Coster-Waldau for Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones Michael Kelly for House of Cards Chris Sullivan for This Is UsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Sarah Goldberg Sian Clifford Olivia Colman Alex Bornstein Betty Gilpin Marin Hinkle Kate McKinnon Anna ChlumskyOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Gwendoline Christie for Game of Thrones Julia Garner for Ozark Lena Headey for Game of Thrones Fiona Shaw for Fleabag Sophie Turner for Game of Thrones Maisie Williams for Game of Thrones Sophie TurnerGetty ImagesOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a MovieBen Wishaw for A Very English Scandal Asante Blackk for When They See Us Paul Dano for Escape at Dannemora Stellan Skarsgard for Chernobyl John Leguizamo for When They See Us Michael Kenneth Williams for When They See UsAs per reports, the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards are going to air on September 22, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time in Los Angeles.last_img read more