U21 Euro 2015 Qualifiers: Spain, France And Holland Knocked Out

Defending champions Spain U-21 were knocked out in the qualification play-off of Euro 2015 by Serbia U-21 in Cadiz while strong contenders France U-21 dramatically lost against Sweden U-21. Albert Celades’ La Rojita will not defend their title in Czech Republic next summer after they were beaten by Serbia. After a goalless first leg in Serbia, they lost 2-1 in Cadiz on Tuesday night. The Spaniards were boasting household names such as Javier Manquilo, Sergi Roberto, Isco, Iker Munian, Munir El Haddadi and Gerard Deulofeu but fell behind in the first half thanks to an own goal. The two teams traded goals in stoppage time but it was not enough as the Spaniards miss out on the show-piece event next summer. Spain coach Albert Celades said after the match: “We did everything we could, but in football the best team doesn’t always win. They had two shots on target and scored two goals. We played well, we had a lot […] Read more »

De Gea - The Flying Spaniard!

De Gea, Koke, Alcacer and other youngsters pivotal for Spain’s success

Spain’s recent victory against Luxembourg came felt like a breath of fresh after a few disastrous games. After sustaining 4 defeats in 6 games and a terrible World Cup, questions were raised about the abilities of Del Bosque as a coach and his unreasonable trust on certain players. There were doubts about the team’s adaptability and ability to cope with high-tempo counter-attacks. Many felt that the coach should give younger players a chance and let go of some of the deadwood. It seems like all the opinions haven’t fallen on deaf ears as Del Bosque fielded the youngest team of his reign in a game against Luxembourg which Spain went on to win 4-0. The coach dropped Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas, who had a disastrous game against Slovakia, in favour of the young and in-form David De Gea (23). Other youngsters such as Bartra (23), Dani Carvajal (22) and Alcacer (21) also got a chance on-field which meant the […] Read more »