Spain Appoint Hierro After Sacking Lopetegui


Fernando Hierro will be Spain’s manager for the 2018 World Cup after it was announced the former Real Madrid and Bolton man would replace Julen Loptegui just two days before the tournament kicks off.

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Simone Zaza Wishes The Best For Outgoing Alvaro Morata “Starting Tuesday”


Goodbye is never easy when you’ve played up front together at Stadio delle Alpi. However, there will be no love lost when these two meet at the European Championships.

In anticipation of the titanic clash between La Roja and Azzurri in the knockout stage at Euro 2016, The Panenka discusses the future of the two strikers who look likely to be separated next season.

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Comparing Spain’s Euro 2012 Winners To The Euro 2016 Squad


Spain entered Euro 2016 shrouded in controversy and with a hangover from their dire performance at the 2014 World Cup looming large. While many have written off the latest group of La Roja players, is there really much difference between the squad now and the one which lifted the European Championship in 2012?

The Panenka compares Vicente de Bosque’s triumphant 23-man squad of 2012 to that of this summer’s European competition.

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Greatest Games of The European Championships: Spain 4 Yugoslavia 3, 2000


Euro 2000, hosted by Netherlands and Belgium, staged some fascinating matches that summer. Among them was England losing 3-2 to both Portugal and Romania, Yugoslavia’s 3-3 draw with Slovenia and when the Netherlands missed two normal-time penalties before missing a few more and losing on spot-kicks to Italy in the semi-final.

 The next installment of The Panenka’s Greatest Games of The European Championships series harks back to a time when Yugoslavia was still a country. To a seven goal thriller between Spain and Yugoslavia where a place in the knockout stage was up for grabs for the winner.
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Euro 2016 Team Preview: Spain

<> on September 8, 2014 in Valencia, Spain.

This time four years ago we were sat around calling one of the best teams in the history of football boring because a) they won all the time and b) were so good that it wasn’t fair. Fast forward to today and after a disastrous 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Spain’s untouchable reputation has somehow been reduced to rubble. Despite all this, the reigning champions will undoubtedly be difficult to stop and anyone who pulls La Roja out the hat in the office sweepstake will have every reason to be confident.

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