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Iniesta confirms international retirement following Spain’s World Cup exit

Andres Iniesta has confirmed his international retirement after Spain's shock penalty shoot-out defeat to Russia resulted in their World Cup elimination. Among the favorites for the trophy heading into the tournament, Spain joined the likes of Germany, Portugal, and Argentina in making an early exit when Igor Akinfeev kept out Iago Aspas' penalty in Moscow. Iniesta started on the bench on Sunday, coming on midway through the second half as Spain attempted to retake the lead canceled out by Artem Dzyuba's spot-kick, but…

Iniesta agrees first ‘lifetime’ contract at Barcelona

BARCELONA: Barcelona tied down captain Andres Iniesta for the rest of his career as the club announced on Friday the 33-year-old midfielder has agreed the first "lifetime contract" in Barca's history. "It is a way of rewarding an exceptional player," said Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Andres Iniesta insisted, though, that he has not planned any future role with the club beyond his playing career. "The lifetime title doesn't mean that I will remain here just for the sake of it. It isn't my way of doing…

Prodigious passing Spaniards

Known for their passing gameplay, Spain has been labelled by the critics as one of the best ever footballing sides right now. The Spanish side has won the FIFA World Cup once and the Euros two times. They were unbeaten from November 2006 to June 2009 before losing to the United States. Iker Casillas: Iker Casillas is one of the best goalkeepers of all time. He led his country to their first Euro and FIFA World Cup in 2008 and 2010 respectively. He was the captain when Spain was crowned European Champions in 2012 for the…