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World Cup One to Watch: Rodri - The heir to Busquets' Spain throne

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World Cup One to Watch: Rodri - The heir to Busquets' Spain throne Have Spain found a long-term successor to Sergio Busquets' throne for the national side? Villarreal midfielder Rodri could certainly be the closest yet....

2018 World Cup Group B: Portugal's nightmare drawing neighbours Spain

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2018 World Cup Group B: Portugal's nightmare drawing neighbours Spain   European Champions Portugal will be aiming to claim the concurrent World title but will have to face the last side to achieve that feat in neighbours Spain in Group B. With that in mind it was a nightmare draw for both Iran and Morocco, with the former the lowest ranked side from pot 3 and t...

QUIZ: Can you name Spain's U21 Euro Champions of 2013?

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QUIZ: Can you name Spain's U21 Euro Champions of 2013?   Ahead of their meeting with Portugal on Tuesday night, Spain's current crop of U21s is being labelled as the best in European Championship history. It's a big claim considering their title-winning team of 2013 was pretty good to say the least.   Can you name La Roja's starting XI from ...

Why the future is bright for flourishing France

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Why the future is bright for flourishing France   When it comes to strength in depth on the international stage, you’d be hard pressed to find better than England’s neighbours across the channel. Much has made of the plethora of young talent in the France ranks and for good reason. While Les Bleus flattered to deceive in their 3...

Can Spain debutant Herrera win midfield battle with Henderson?

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Can Spain debutant Herrera win midfield battle with Henderson?   For a player of Ander Herrera’s ability, it’s remarkable he is still yet to gain senior international recognition. Spain, of course, have an abundance of top-class midfielders to select from, with the national pool arguably the best in the world in that position. Yet, the Manches...

Monday's International Mastermind

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Monday's International Mastermind   We all love an international break, right? Well let's test how closely you've been following the action over the past five days in this week's special Monday Mastermind edition... How was your international football knowledge this week? Let us know in the comments below...

Dilemmas up front for both Italy & Spain in huge World Cup qualifier

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Dilemmas up front for both Italy & Spain in huge World Cup qualifier   When Italy dumped Spain out of the Euros at the round of 16 in Saint-Denis it’s fair to say the result was something of an upset. Whilst not meaning to do a disservice to a very strong national side, and one with a hugely enviable record in the game, Spain entered the game as favourite...

Morata Familiarity of Italy Defence Vital in Spain's Pursuit of Victory

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Morata Familiarity of Italy Defence Vital in Spain's Pursuit of Victory   While Euro 2016 continues towards the quarter-final stage, rumours of Alvaro Morata’s future rumbles on. Having been bought back by Real Madrid from Juventus to either develop at the Bernabeu or be sold at a higher price, it remains to be seen, but having since impressed in France, the...

Six Main Storylines Set to Drive Euro 2016

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Six Main Storylines Set to Drive Euro 2016   There are many elements that properly mark an international tournament, from the level of the football to the drama of the moments, but even they are elevated by one of the most important aspects of all: the quality of the storylines. Brazil 2014 stood out in this regard, with everything fro...

The Top Tips in Each Group at Euro 2016

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The Top Tips in Each Group at Euro 2016   Euro 2016 is the first of its kind with 24 teams. With more teams able to progress from the group stage, the final round of matches will give headaches to those calculating what the best outcome would be in order to secure the best passage in the knockout phase. Compared to previous editions...

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