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  1. Saint Iker in the ascendancy

    Eduardo Alvarez

    Ahead of Real Madrid's visit to Schalke in the Champions League last week, a debate stirred among my watching friends over the utter foolishness of starting one goalkeeper for the most competitive league campaign in a decade and a different one for t...

    Blog | March 07, 2014
  2. Five players who could use a pre-World Cup rest

    Eduardo Alvarez

    Before the current European season began, this humble scribe had a theory that now will never be proven. After Neymar won the Copa Libertadores with Santos in 2011, the young Brazilian star spent two full seasons playing meaningless matches, on an al...

    Blog | March 02, 2014
  3. Goodbye to Aragones, long live tiki-taka

    Eduardo Alvarez

    You probably remember Luis Aragones mostly because of his infamous, ill-advised motivational speech to Jose Antonio Reyes back in October 2004, a bizarre, over-the-top tirade toward Thierry Henry. For Aragones, who died at the age of 75 on Saturda...

    Blog | February 01, 2014
  4. Holders hoping for the best

    Eduardo Alvarez

    A numerically small, but hierarchically remarkable contingent of four people will represent the Spanish FA this Friday during the 2014 World Cup draw in Costa de Sauipe (Bahia, Brazil). Coach Vicente del Bosque and Spanish FA president Angel Maria Vi...

    Blog | December 04, 2013
  5. The case for a second defensive midfielder

    Eduardo Alvarez

    RIO DE JANEIRO -- On 16 June 2010, Spain lost their opening World Cup match against Switzerland in Durban, South Africa. The Spanish Armada dominated the proceedings and the most relevant stats -- 73 percent ball possession and 23 shots to 8* -- exce...

    Blog | June 28, 2013
  6. Activities away from pitch threaten to rattle Spain's dynamic

    Eduardo Alvarez

    It seemed nothing too out of the ordinary at first. Just over a week ago, during informal conversations with the media, a few Spanish players commented that some cash had vanished from their hotel rooms the night after their opening match of the Conf...

    Blog | June 26, 2013
  7. Spain faced with striking issues

    Eduardo Alvarez

    SALVADOR, BRAZIL -- In the 77th minute of Spain's demolition of the proud Oceania Football Confederation champions, one of Tahiti's anonymous heroes touched the ball with his hand inside the penalty box; the ref immediately blew his whistle to award ...

    Blog | June 22, 2013
  8. Spanish desire for success remains intact

    Eduardo Alvarez

    RECIFE, BRAZIL -- Two months ago, in a relaxed chat with the press after a Champions League match, Sergio Ramos started to go on about the long, grueling season. "Most of us will have played 70 matches when all is said and done; it's crazy." "Will yo...

    Blog | June 19, 2013
  9. Tactics provide welcome distraction

    Eduardo Alvarez

    Focus on Spain

    Story | Conversation | June 22, 2012
  10. Eduardo Alvarez: The alternative Confed Cup awards

    Eduardo Alvarez

    Eduardo Alvarez gives his Confederations Cup awards as the event's first phase ends.

    Story | Conversation | June 21, 2009