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  1. Can Spain count on struggling Torres up front?

    Rob Train

    When he announced his squad list for the friendly match against Bolivia on Friday, Spain head coach Vicente del Bosque said no players have been definitively discarded from his plans for the World Cup. But in the 19 players named for the match in Sev...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  2. Spain's defensive worries

    Rob Train

    Vicente del Bosque had been expected to whittle his 30-man preliminary squad down to 23 players on Sunday, but the Spain coach elected instead to bide his time until the FIFA deadline for registration on June 2. Spain play Bolivia in a friendly match...

    Blog | May 26, 2014
  3. A Decima 12 years in the making

    Rob Train

    There was no greater sign of the magnitude of La Decima than Real Madrid president Florentino Perez leaning across the monarchs of Spain and the current prime minister to clasp hands with former premier Jose Maria Aznar -- the architects of two Spani...

    Blog | May 24, 2014
  4. Can Dani Carvajal be Spain's golden boy?

    Rob Train

    On Sunday, a day after the Champions League final, Vicente del Bosque will slash his World Cup squad from a preliminary 30 to 23 players. Difficult decisions will have to be made. Diego Costa's recent injury woes might prove to be good news for anoth...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  5. Season Review: Real Madrid

    Rob Train

    What was expected of Real this season? A new manager with a record of success, a new world record-breaking signing, and a squad assembled more expensively than a top Hollywood cast; Florentino Perez will have expected some form of silverware at least...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  6. Espanyol match a dress rehearsal for Lisbon

    Rob Train

    It is not unfair to say that eyes will hardly be fixated on the Bernabeu this weekend when La Liga draws to a close. It is fair to say that about half of Spain supports Real Madrid in one way or another, either as a chest-beating, tattoo-sporting, fr...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  7. Familiar faces galore in Spain's WC squad

    Rob Train

    There were few surprises in Vicente del Bosque's provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but then again, there were never likely to be. Breaking into a side with so many established first-choice players is a rare occurrence at La Roja. ...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  8. Spain's all-conquering era set for grand finale?

    Rob Train

    Favourites. It's a weighty term. When Spain arrived in South Africa ahead of their eventual World Cup success in 2010, Vicente del Bosque's side wore the burden of being expected to win the championship as reigning European victors. Spain's patented ...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  9. Real bid adieu to league, but bigger goal remains

    Rob Train

    What a time for Charles to find his feet. Celta's Brazilian striker hammered in 32 last season for Almeria in Spain's second division but had failed to set the top division alight since his summer transfer. How Real Madrid might have wished that a...

    Blog | May 11, 2014
  10. Madrid run Bayern out of the ring

    Rob Train

    Finally. After 12 years, 11 managers and an outlay that could have bailed Spain out of its banking crisis several times over, Real Madrid is in the final of the Champions League. The Decima is a single game away. * Hunter: Real's way is pave...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  11. Real efficient in victory ahead of Bayern clash

    Rob Train

    Sometimes in football the calm comes before the storm. Real Madrid's home La Liga fixture was conditioned by an upcoming Champions League second leg semi-final against Bayern Munich, which took preference in view of Los Blancos' league position. The ...

    Blog | April 26, 2014
  12. Dortmund have mountain to climb even if Ronaldo unfit

    Rob Train

    There are two main definitions of "miracle" in the Oxford English Dictionary: one that is "not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency," and another that covers "a remarkable event or development that b...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  13. Ramos leads Real to Anoeta victory

    Rob Train

    Billed as Real Madrid's toughest fixture in the La Liga title run-in, Saturday's encounter at Real Sociedad's Anoeta stadium eventually turned into a stroll for Carlo Ancelotti's side. A combative first half was not without its share of controversy, ...

    Blog | April 05, 2014
  14. Real take giant step toward semifinals

    Rob Train

    Real Madrid partially avenged their Champions League dismantling in the Westfalenstadion at the semifinal stage last season by demolishing Borussia Dortmund in the opening leg of the quarterfinal between the Bundesliga's second power and Spain's Euro...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  15. Real title hopes in jeopardy after Clasico loss

    Rob Train

    A sexier Scottish Premier League? It is a stick with which La Liga has been beaten over the past decade. But in the course of a single day of football, the title race in Spain has been transformed into the most captivating in a decade. Few -- myself ...

    Blog | March 23, 2014
  16. Champions League draw smiles on Real Madrid

    Rob Train

    "I would have liked a different team for a change -- we played Madrid four times last year. However, we are still looking forward to it," said Borussia Dortmund honcho Hans-Joachim Watzke after Friday's Champions League quarterfinal draw pitted the S...

    Blog | March 21, 2014