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Barcelona's Jordi Alba returns to Spain squad after Luis Enrique snubs

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Jordi Alba celebrates after scoring against Inter.
Jordi Alba has been in fine form for Barcelona this season.

Spain coach Luis Enrique has recalled Jordi Alba to the national team for upcoming games against Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Luis Enrique, who had omitted the Barcelona left-back in his previous two squad selections, said this week that Alba was playing "at a very high level,", but that he did not feel pressured into recalling him.

"By norm, I don't take decision based on public outcry," Luis Enrique said in Thursday's news conference. "Nothing has changed with respect to the...

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Spanish FA vice president arrested as part of corruption probe

Spanish football association (RFEF) vice president Andreu Subies was arrested on Tuesday morning as part of a police operation that previously included former president Angel Maria Villar resigning on corruption charges.

Subies, the former president of the Catalan Football Federation (FCF), joined the RFEF in May after Luis Rubiales was appointed president.

"Subies has been detained as part of an active investigation into the diversion of money from the Catalan Football Federation to private ends,"...

The Clasico on a golf course: Barca vs. Real Madrid doesn't lose its fire even in retirement

TARRAGONA, Spain -- An Olympic gold medallist is lost among the trees. Albert Ferrer, founder member of the "Dream Team," winner of five league titles and of the European Cup at Wembley in 1992 -- an exorcism that remains the most emblematic moment in FC Barcelona's entire history -- can't find what he is looking for.

He climbs a small hill, circling through the shade, still trying to work out what happened, trying to gain his bearings when a 69-year-old, white-haired man comes to his assistance,...

Spain federation won't back La Liga plans to play in United States

Gab Marcotti details how playing in the United States can benefit all La Liga clubs, not just headline acts Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales has poured cold water on a plan to play regular-season La Liga games in the United States.

The federation boss says despite the support of the Spanish league, the move lacks support from the various organisations that need to approve the plans.

The RFEF informed the league's organising body that it cannot approve plans to hold Barcelona's showdown with Girona on Jan. 26 at Miami's 65,000-capacity Hard Rock Stadium until it receives more...