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Spanish FA chief Angel Villar to run for re-election if UEFA bid fails

Angel Maria Villar is hoping to be named UEFA president.

Spain Football Federation (RFEF) president Angel Maria Villar said he will run for re-election later this year should he fail in his bid for UEFA president.

Villar has been acting head of the European federation since October 2015, when Michel Platini was suspended from all football-related activities for six years -- a ban later reduced to four -- for ethics violations.

Last week, the Spaniard announced his intention to stand in the UEFA elections on Sept. 14 to replace Platini. He will run against...

UEFA confirms Angel Villar, Michael van Praag, Ceferin candidacies

Spain's Angel Maria Villar is one of three candidates for UEFA president in the Sept. 14 elections.

NYON, Switzerland -- UEFA has confirmed contenders from Slovenia, the Netherlands and Spain entered its presidential contest to replace Michel Platini by a deadline of Wednesday.

The three national federation presidents are: Aleksander Ceferin, Michael van Praag, and Angel Maria Villar.

All must pass an integrity check to be accepted as a candidate for a job which includes the role of FIFA vice president.

UEFA's 55 member federations will vote on Sept. 14 in Athens.

Van Praag and Villar are currently...

Javi Martinez welcomes Carlo Ancelotti era at Bayern Munich

Manchester City's Pep Guardiola and Bayern's Carlo Ancelotti react after Munich beat City 1-0.

New Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has the ability and personality to get just that little bit extra out of a team, and that's the aim this year, says Bayern's versatile star Javi Martinez.

Speaking exclusively to from Bayern's Sabener Strasse training ground, Martinez said that after slightly more than a week into the job, Ancelotti had already started tweaking Bayern's style of play, making the team a little bit more direct.

"Every coach has his own different ideas, his own...

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Julen Lopetegui hopes to usher in new era as Spain coach

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says expectations for Spain's new manager are so high Julen Lopetegui has big shoes to fill.
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes breaks down Spain's new managerial appointment of Julen Lopetegui.

Newly named Spain coach Julen Lopetegui said he plans to build upon the groundwork already laid by outgoing manager Vicente del Bosque but with an eye to the future and the challenges the team face.

Spain's football federation named Lopetegui as the new coach on Thursday for a two-year term, replacing Del Bosque. His first match will be Spain's friendly in Belgium on Sept. 1. Four days later, Spain begin their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a home match against Liechtenstein.

Del Bosque...