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FIFA to investigate government meddling in Spanish federation

Sid Lowe explains why Spain are content with drawing Portugal in Group B and evaluates their chances of winning the World Cup.

BARCELONA, Spain -- Concerned about the independence of the Spanish football federation, FIFA said Friday it will send a delegation to the country to investigate government meddling.

FIFA said in a statement written in Spanish that it had recently sent a letter to the federation "expressing our concern for the situation that the federation is going through and reminding [its officials] that, according to the Statutes of FIFA, all member federations must manage their affairs independently and assure...

Alvaro Morata hoping for a 'very tired' Cristiano Ronaldo at the World Cup

The ESPN FC panel break down Group B where they feel Portugal and Spain are favourites over Morocco and Iran.

Spain striker Alvaro Morata hopes Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo shows up at the 2018 World Cup "very tired" after another busy season at Real Madrid.

Spain were last week drawn with Euro 2016 winners Portugal in Group B along with Morocco and Iran for next year's tournament.

Morata's former teammate at Madrid, Ronaldo, scored 15 of his country's 32 goals in World Cup qualifying.

"Let's hope that he scores many goals at Madrid but he arrives very tired for the World Cup," Morata said of Ronaldo...

Spain's Lopetegui: Group B draw will demand the best of us

Sid Lowe explains why Spain are content with drawing Portugal in Group B and evaluates their chances of winning the World Cup.
The ESPN FC panel break down Group B where they feel Portugal and Spain are favourites over Morocco and Iran.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has a lot of admiration for the three countries his team will face in the group stages of the World Cup.

The 2010 World Cup winners, Spain have been placed in Group B with European defending champions Portugal, Morocco and Iran in Friday's draw in Moscow.

Spain qualified for next year's tournament after finishing top of their group, five points clear of Italy. Lopetegui's side won nine of their 10 games and went unbeaten in qualifying.

"Without a doubt, we have a hard,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Laurent Blanc: Top teams will want to avoid Spain, England in draw

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Moscow ahead of Friday's FIFA World Cup draw, including the Luzhniki Stadium which will host the final on July 15th, 2018.

Former France boss Laurent Blanc says top teams will want to avoid 2010 champs Spain in Friday's World Cup draw.

Blanc, who coached France from 2010 to 2012, saw his hopes of lifting the Euro 2012 title extinguished by La Roja on their way to a second straight Euro crown and third straight international triumph overall.

Spain have been placed in Pot 2 for the upcoming draw, which could see them placed in the same group as the 1998 champions. And Blanc, who counts Julen Lopetegui's team among...

Fernando Hierro reappointed Spanish Football Association sporting director

Fernando Hierro (left) made 439 appearances for Real Madrid between 1989 and 2003.

The Spanish Football Association has re-appointed former Spain and Real Madrid defender Fernando Hierro as its sporting director.

Hierro held the post between 2007 and 2011, during which time the national team tasted victory at the 2008 European Championships and the World Cup two years later.

The Spanish FA (RFEF) announced his return on its official website on Thursday.

Hierro was the coach of Segunda Division Real Oviedo last season, but left the club by mutual consent in the summer.