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Julen Lopetegui becomes the new Spanish team manager

Julen Lopetegui Argote, the 49 year old who was born in Asteasu, Spain and played his career as a goalkeeper is now the current manager of the Spanish national side.

As a player he played in 149 games in the Spanish La Liga division over the space of 11 seasons, among the list of teams he as played for this includes both Real Madrid and Barcelona. He has also represented Spain at the 1994 World Cup.

Lopetegui started working as a coach in 2003, and has managed several different levels of  Spain’s youth system. He led both the under-19 and under-21 sides to European titles.

Cesc : “I’ll be here until you tell me enough”

Cesc Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas 100 games

Cesc contemplates one hundred and one games with Spain. He is happy and enjoys wearing the red shirt of the national team, he has confessed he is a Chelsea player and proud to walk through the center of the Spanish capital, where he received the affection of the spanish people. “It’s been 10 years. I am sure if you asked the fans about players who have reached the 100 games mark, few will remember me. There are many parties, many calls and many titles also. I feel happiness from the first day I arrived here and I am still feeling it” Cesc remembers that one hundred more games with the champion of Europe.

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Xabi retires from international football

Xabi Alonso goes. He has decided to leave the team after the World Cup and will never wear the shirt of Spain. The decision was taken a long time, so what happened in Brazil, Sports and extradeportivamente, has nothing to do with his determination. The Tolosa knew his career with La Roja ended in the summer of 2014.
At 32 years old (turns 33 in November), it will put an end to his international career after participating in three World Cups, two European Championships and Confederations Cup, having lifted the World Cup and two in Europe, being fixture in two of the latest titles. Waiting for you to leave on Monday Curitiba, Basque sum 113 games, with 16 goals and a balance of 88 wins, 12 draws and 13 defeats.
The player in the middle of negotiations with Real Madrid to renew his contract (extended to 2016 in January this year), already reached the compromise that would not play with the team after the World Cup. Xabi has suffered physical problems in the past two seasons and not wearing plus size selection will allow you to rest on FIFA dates and not accumulate as many minutes during the season.
The contract with his club did not appear outlined a commitment, but Xabi is a man of his word. By the Madrid, wanted to know the thinking of Alonso to renew to 34 years, which will end when your commitment to your club. For Ancelotti will be relieved that their teacher rest of matches and travel and not get saturated or affected by the virus encounters after FIFA selections.

Messages of support even in the newsroom

The press room of the Ciudad Deportiva Atlético Paranaense, headquarters Vicente del Bosque, the sun decorated with messages of unity and support for the Spanish team after the defeat to Holland in the Arena Fonte Nova. It was the same in the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine in 2012, and now in Brazil it has been repeated. In the murals displayed images of joy and they can read words like ‘bonding’, ‘victory’, ‘group’ or ‘strength’. The main image is starring the 23-man squad for the World Cup for Del Bosque. Toca work mood selection in Spanish and it all adds up to try to turn this difficult situation which began in the rout that the ‘Oranje’ Louis van Gaal endorsed to Spain.

Del Bosque warns that it is not “time to blame”

Salvador (Brazil), June 13 (Reuters) -. Vicente del Bosque, Spanish coach today congratulated the Netherlands, after losing 1-5 in the first round of the World Cup Brazil 2014, warned that “it is time to look guilty “or sink and remarked that” the house felt good “conversation with” uplifting “.

“Not a happy time for us, but above all, as an athlete, I congratulate the Netherlands, which in the second half was better than us. We overflowed and balance and good tone that had shown the first time It breaks with a very good performance in the Netherlands, “he said at a press conference, where he discussed the 1-2” was greatly depressed “to your computer.

“..’s Not time to blame, no one pays the blame The culprits are all We still look forward and seek victory in the next match against Chile,” continued the coach, who remarked: “I feel sick, uneasily but with the courage to fit a defeat. should not sink. ”

“The house has reacted very well. And it is true that there have been specific moments of the match, especially against one of the Silva One (Cillesen to 43 minutes with the score at 1-0), which could have been the second goal . And then came the draw. Was the border before and after to lose the game. ”

The response of the locker room after the loss, Del Bosque specified that “reacted well” because they are “a team of good professionals and good kids.” “We all defeat hurts. Been no accusatory glances toward anyone.’ve Also come to the shower when there was a conversation that was uplifting and that’s good for the team,” the coach continued.

Del Bosque, who felt that the defeat was not due to a physical issue, insisted that “it is time to look guilty” to a question about Iker Casillas.

“Beating a team is not only for the performance of a player, but because of the weakness of the whole team. We can not blame anybody, especially Casillas. Absolutely,” he said.

The coach called it “absolutely inexplicable” that Spain has received five goals.

“I can not find words to tell you. We have always been a team that we had no defense label, but we have managed well in that aspect. Today we were looser all on the defensive. Also have to put something in to have Robben and Van Persie, “he reviewed.

Del Bosque denied that Diego Costa whistles to have it affected the front and the team. “We are in a country that wants to be world champion and looks likely threat in the Spanish selection in another. I do not think that affected him or the team,” she added.

You gaze into the future, Del Bosque said his team has “experience” prepare after a defeat in the first round of the World, as happened in South Africa 2010 against Switzerland and then was finally champion.

“I do not want to compare this loss to suffer with Switzerland four years ago. Finally after all are only three points, losing a game and look forward with all the strength of an athlete who wants to pass the test, beyond will try to accuse anyone, “he said.

Del Bosque: “The decision to include Costa will at the last moment”

Vicente del Bosque has declared that for the preparation of the final list of the World he and his team try to ” make the best decision ” and that regards Diego Costa “will be at the last minute .”
” All pick lists are very difficult. ‘ll Try to make the best decision for the country,” said Del Bosque during the special program to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the ‘ Carousel Deportivo ‘ and the twenty-fifth of ‘ The Rail’ of BE from Soccer City of Las Rozas.
Referring to the injury of Costa , Del Bosque said : ” De Diego Costa will not know more than the medical report will take a decision at the last minute . ” .
The special program also involved several Spanish international , and Andres Iniesta, who said , “Let’s try to make things right because we have a responsibility to Spain .” Gerard Piqué remembered for his victory of Spain in Euro 2008 , which “changed the history of football in this country,” and it was ” thanks to all the work of the lower grades .”
Pepe Reina said that ” the secret of success ” national team ” is that there is a relationship between all the costumes .”
Xavi Hernandez believes ” is not just a cycle ” and augurs well for the national team: “We gradually leaving a generation , but more important to keep players.”