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Rafa Benitez 'among best coaches in the world' - Vicente del Bosque

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez announces that Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked as manager after two seasons in charge of the Spanish club.

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has said that Rafa Benitez is "among the best coaches in the world," amid speculation the Spaniard is set to take charge of Real Madrid next week.

Current Napoli coach Benitez is widely seen as the front runner to take the Madrid job, which became vacant when Carlo Ancelotti was sacked on Monday after ending the 2014-15 season without a major trophy.

Madrid president Florentino Perez has intimated that the new coach, to be appointed next week, will be a Spanish speaker,...

Spain omit Diego Costa, Ander Herrera for Belarus qualifier

ESPN FC's Ross Dyer breaks down Vicente Del Bosque's squad to face Costa Rica and Belarus.

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has decided against choosing Chelsea centre-forward Diego Costa or Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera in his latest squad, while handing first call-ups to Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico and winger Aleix Vidal.

Spain play a friendly at home to Costa Rica in Leon on June 11, before travelling to Belarus for a Euro 2016 qualifier three days later.

Brazil-born Costa's participation with Spain has been controversial from the start, and lead to a public exchange of...

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter backs rule to keep 2026 World Cup out of Europe

E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world soccer.
E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world soccer.
E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world soccer.
E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world soccer.
E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world football.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants a rule on World Cup hosting that would prevent Europe from bidding for the 2026 tournament.

The FIFA executive committee could agree this month to block continental confederations from bidding for the next two World Cups after hosting.

"It should be this way," Blatter told reporters on Friday, adding that the proposal is "more than an option."

Because Russia will host in 2018, a UEFA country would next be eligible for the 2030 World Cup. Russia defeated...