Luis Enrique has stepped down as Spain coach for personal reasons. Photograph: EPA

Spain coach Luis Enrique resigned from the team on Wednesday, three months after temporarily stepping aside for personal reasons, with his number two (...)

 A news conference  at  Spartak Stadium in Moscow. World Cup press conferences are a daily piece of amateur theatre where the questions are often repetitive, the players are generally bored, and the managers find 50 ways to say nothing. Photograph: James Hill/The New York Times

No one expects scintillating Socratic dialogue or even normal reportorial discourse at a World Cup press conference. But even by the tournament’s rela(...)

The Spanish Football Federation named former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique as their new manager. Photograph: Getty Images

Spain have named Luis Enrique as their new head coach after Fernando Hierro stepped down from temporary charge following their last-16 World Cup exit (...)

Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard,Jamie Vardy, Harry Maguire and John Stones of England look on at the penalty shoot out during their 2018 World Cup last 16 clash with Colombia. Photo: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

All the numbers were against England going into the penalty shootout against Colombia. England: three defeats from three World Cup shootouts; six defe(...)

 Spain’s head coach Fernando Hierro reacts after the penalty shootout defeat to Russia in the  World Cup round of 16 match in Moscow. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales insists he has no regrets over the decision to sack coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World (...)

Paul Pogba’s France take on Argentina on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

THE MATCHES Saturday June 30th France v Argentina (Kazan, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/BBC). Betting: France 29-20, Argentina 5-2, Draw 2-1 Uruguay v Portugal (Sochi,(...)

Spain and Real Madrid fullback Dani Carvajal. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty

Sunday July 1st, Spain v Russia (Luzhniki Stadium, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/BBC) A World Cup last-16 match between Spain and Russia would have seemed like a woefu(...)

 Fernando Hierro during Spain’s  match against  Morocco. He was  a last-minute replacement as Spain’s manager after Julen Lopetegui was sacked. Photograph: EPA

Spain defender Dani Carvajal spoke out on Thursday in favour of his side’s interim coach Fernando Hierro’s abilities as a tactician whilst admitting t(...)

Iago Aspas scores Spain’s second aganist Morocco - which secured top spot in Group B. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty

Spain 2 Morocco 2 What a thriller. The Atlas Lions bow out, then, having left their mark on this World Cup - and on their illustrious neighbours from(...)

Spain’s Diego Costa  celebrating with team mate Isco after scoring  against  Iran  at Kazan Arena. Photograph:    Francois Nel/Getty Images

Fernando Hierro might reckon that Diego Costa can do even better at this World Cup than the three goals in two starts that he has managed so far, but (...)

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