Morocco's hopes of adding Munir El Haddadi to their World Cup squad have been dashed by FIFA.
The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) asked the governing body to grant them clearance so that the Barcelona forward could switch his allegiance from Spain to Morocco, the country of Munir's father's birth.
The 22-year-old played for Spain at youth level and made an appearance with La Roja in a Euro 2016 qualifier in September 2014.
"The request made by the Football Federation of Morocco and the...
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos says it's "good for Spanish football" that Barcelona no longer dominate the Spain national team.
For much of Spain's dominant period between 2008 and 2012, the XI was packed with players from the Barca squad, with Ramos one of the relatively few Madrid representatives while the playing style was similar to the possession-based approach of Pep Guardiola.
Vicente Del Bosque fielded seven Barca players at the same time during the final of Euro 2012, as Italy were hammered...
MANCHESTER, England -- Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has said Lionel Messi is now ready to take the burden of expectation to "carry" the country to World Cup glory, just as Diego Maradona did in 1986.
Argentina reached the final of the 2014 World Cup before losing 1-0 to Germany after extra-time. The Albiceleste also finished as runners-up in the 2015 and 2016 Copa America, but Sampaoli believes Messi can now help them to take the final step and win a tournament.