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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

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...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

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...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Spain name ex-Porto boss Julen Lopetegui as new head 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.

Spain have confirmed the appointment of Julen Lopetegui as Vicente del Bosque's successor.

Former Real Madrid and Barcelona goalkeeper Lopetegui was out of work after leaving Porto in January, his only head coaching job with a major club. He failed to win a title during almost two years in Portugal.

The 49-year-old had previously spent time in charge of Spain's youth teams at a number of age levels, winning the European Under-19 Championship in 2012 and European Under-21 Championship in 2013.

A...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Spain's Angel Maria Villar announces he'll run for UEFA president

Angel Maria Villar says he will run for UEFA president.

Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar has officially thrown his hat in the ring to become the next UEFA president.

Villar has long been touted as a potential successor to Michel Platini as chief of European football's governing body and the 66-year-old has now confirmed he will be putting himself forward for election.

He is set to be challenged for the presidency by Michael van Praag, a UEFA vice-president from Netherlands, and Slovenia federation head Aleksander Ceferin.

Candidates...