Iniesta retires from global football

Arnold Nichols
July 3, 2018

Really it's nothing more than Spain deserve.

Meanwhile, Brazil will look to keep their bid for a record sixth World Cup crown on track when they face Mexico on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) with a quarter-final place at stake, after seeing Spain join the list of contenders to be eliminated.

Russians danced in the streets of Kaliningrad on the Baltic and kissed strangers in Vladivostok in the Far East after their team defied all expectations to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

The result is a disaster for Spain, whose preparations for the World Cup were wrecked when their manager Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the tournament after he took the vacant Real Madrid coach's job.

"Now, he's returned to a very high level".

Iniesta, who scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, had already hinted this would be his final tournament with the national team, and he confirmed his retirement after the last-16 match in Moscow.

While Martinez may be seen as a left field appointment, Luis Rubiales has not been afraid of making the big decisions early into his time as Spanish FA president. "The man of the match is our team - and our fans".

Midfield maestro Andres Iniesta, 34, confirmed his global retirement immediately after the game and Gerard Pique, 31, is set to join him.

"The main culprits in football are the players that are the ones on the field".

This is the end for Spain's golden generation and whoever is put in charge next will have to rely on players who have failed to live up to the lofty heights that the golden generation set over the last decade.

"It was something very special, not just a dream but a great responsibility".

The couple, along with their family and friends, were huddled around a mobile phone as they witnessed Russian Federation goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev save shots from Koke and Iago Aspas to send unfancied Russian Federation through to the last eight.

"What's important is to find the route to success, which is not easy", he said. The main thing is that we bring joy not only to the fans but also to the leaders.

Spain's style of play has been found out during this World Cup. I can safely say that we can all look each other in the eye.

Hierro said that Spain did everything right but that "football is like that" after his side dominated the tie over 120 minutes only to go out on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

"Putin also noted that regardless of the outcome of the match against Spain, no one in our country was going to judge them".

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