The man who led Spain to lift both the most recent World Cup and the European Championship trophy will remain at the helm until at least 2016. Vicente Del Bosque signed a contract extension that keeps him in charge of la roja furia for the next three years, with his first task being, of course, to guide Spain to another World Cup victory.
Del Bosque took over the reins of the Spanish national team five years ago, just after the side beat Germany 1-0 to become Euro 2008 champions. Since then Spain have dominated the world football scene; the core of their side playing together on a regular basis at the club level allowing Del Bosque to guide them into free-flowing, attacking football while the majority of international sides are busy with defensive tactics. Spain went on to beat Holland in South Africa in 2010 to capture their first World Cup in the nation’s history. Del Bosque’s team then successfully defended their European title, getting through Euro 2012 unbeaten before thoroughly dismantling Italy in a 4-0 romp that clinched the trophy.
Spain also made it through this year’s round of World Cup qualifiers unbeaten, winning six and drawing twice, against Finland and France. It’s little wonder, then, that Spain have decided to retain Del Bosque as their man in charge.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.