1. Do Spain Have the Attacking Class to Overcome Goal Difference Issue?

    After their dramatic 5-1 embarrassment at the hands of the Dutch, Vicente del Bosque's Spain are facing the most extreme test of their extraordinary era in this World Cup in Brazil...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 25 days ago 6,767 reads 27 comments

  2. 6 Key Selection Decisions for Spain Ahead of World Cup Clash with Chile

    Prior to Spain's World Cup opener against the Dutch, it seemed that Vicente del Bosque had only a small number of selection issues to iron out in his world champion La Roja outfit...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 26 days ago 1,441 reads 8 comments

  3. England vs. Sri Lanka: Player Ratings for Alastair Cook's XI After 1st Test

    England and Sri Lanka fought out a thrilling draw in the first Test of the summer at Lord's, as a match that had appeared to be heading towards a dull conclusion sparked itself to life on the final afternoon...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 26 days ago 538 reads 0 comments

  4. Kumar Sangakkara Adds Finishing Touch to His Record with Century at Lord's

    The honour boards in the Lord's Pavilion have always had a knack for eluding some of the game's greats. If you were to scroll through the collection of exalted names inscribed in ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 28 days ago 408 reads 1 comments

  5. Spain's Defensive Frailties Are Ruthlessly Exposed in Stunning Loss to Dutch

    In the much-anticipated replay of the 2010 World Cup final, Spain were ruthlessly ripped apart by Louis van Gaal's Netherlands outfit, slumping to a dramatic 5-1 thrashing in Salvador on Friday...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 29 days ago 6,326 reads 25 comments

  6. Cricket Statistics: Could the Captaincy Affect Hashim Amla's Batting?

    Following the international retirement of South Africa's Graeme Smith, star batsman Hashim Amla has been handed the captaincy of the Proteas ' Test team...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 29 days ago 397 reads 0 comments

  7. 'How Does It Feel to Drop the World Cup?': Reliving 1999 Cricket World Cup Quote

    Few quotes in the game's history hold more notoriety than Steve Waugh's alleged "How does it feel to drop the World Cup?" snipe at Herschelle Gibbs during cricket's limited-overs showpiece in England in 1999...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 912 reads 1 comments

  8. Spain vs. Netherlands: Key Selection Decisions for Vicente Del Bosque

    Spain open their World Cup campaign in Brazil on Friday with a rematch against their defeated counterparts from the 2010 final, Netherlands. Still ranked as the game's No...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 6,346 reads 1 comments

  9. Examining Vicente Del Bosque's Primary Tactical Systems for the World Cup

    The talent at Vicente del Bosque 's disposal is unmatched at this year's World Cup in Brazil. Indeed, when Spain's manager unveiled his provisional 30-man squad back on May ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 553 reads 0 comments

  10. England Have Lost Identity and Public Support—Can They Regain It on Sky TV?

    When Michael Vaughan jubilantly thrust the urn into the air at the Oval on September 12, 2005, it felt like a decisive moment for English cricket...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 560 reads 2 comments

  11. Why Vicente Del Bosque Is Under Most Pressure for Spain at the World Cup

    There's a serenity built on precedent that surrounds Spain's manager, Vicente del Bosque . In stature, the 63-year-old has few peers in the current clique of football management...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 465 reads 1 comments

  12. Predicting ICC Test Rankings by Start of 2015

    After a frenzied period of cricket dominated by the ICC World Twenty20 and the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League, Test cricket will return to the forefront of the sport for the remainder of 2014...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 6,130 reads 5 comments

  13. Predicting a Route to World Cup Glory for Spain

    Spain's quest for immortality begins this week as Vicente del Bosque's men attempt to become the first team to defend their World Cup title since Brazil in 1962...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 1,061 reads 1 comments

  14. Vicente del Bosque Shows Off Spain's Tactical Versatility Against El Salvador

    Perhaps unfairly, tactical acumen isn't the first quality that comes to mind when considering Vicente del Bosque 's managerial strengths...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 9,204 reads 20 comments

  15. 5 Things Vicente Del Bosque Should Test in Spain's Friendly with El Salvador

    Spain's World Cup preparations will conclude on Saturday, with Vicente del Bosque 's world champions set to take on El Salvador in an international friendly in Washington D.C...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 963 reads 0 comments

  16. Why Diego Costa Is Spain's Biggest World Cup Headache

    No qualities define Vicente del Bosque's Spain better than team harmony, continuity and trust. From top to bottom, from manager to players to support staff, there's a rarely celebrated but obvious bond that underpins the success of this La Roja era...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 2,859 reads 6 comments

  17. IPL 7: Ranking the Top 50 Players in the 2014 Tournament

    A truly sensational 2014 Indian Premier League season reached its conclusion on Sunday, as the Kolkata Knight Riders edged out Kings XI Punjab in an enthralling finale to lift the trophy...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 7,060 reads 5 comments

  18. 10 Things You Need to Know About Vicente Del Bosque's Spain

    Vicente del Bosque's Spain outfit will head to Rio de Janeiro this month, looking to become the first team to defend a World Cup title since Brazil did so in 1962...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 1,713 reads 9 comments

  19. Ranking IPL 7's Top 50 Moments and Performances

    The 2014 Indian Premier League has drawn to a close after six dramatic weeks, with the Kolkata Knight Riders claiming a thrilling victory over Kings XI Punjab in the tournament's final...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 8,126 reads 4 comments

  20. Kings XI Punjab's Bowling Cost Them IPL 7 Title, Not Misusing Maxwell and Miller

    At the end of the powerplay in Sunday's IPL 7 final, the Kolkata Knight Riders had reached 59-1. Both the number itself and the manner in which it was achieved were significant...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 365 reads 0 comments

  21. IPL 2014: Where Did It All Go Wrong for the Chennai Super Kings?

    The Chennai Super Kings were blown out of the 2014 Indian Premier League on Friday, as MS Dhoni's men collapsed under the weight of a Virender Sehwag onslaught...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 2,718 reads 1 comments

  22. Spain vs. Bolivia: 6 Things We Learned

    Spain cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bolivia at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on Friday night as La Roja stepped their World Cup defence up a gear...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 10,608 reads 32 comments

  23. IPL 2014: 9 Records Broken During This Year's Tournament

    The soon-to-conclude Indian Premier League season has produced exhilarating cricket in 2014. With the league phase complete, just three teams remain...

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  24. 7 Things Spain Coach Vicente Del Bosque Should Test Against Bolivia

    Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has named a 19-man squad for his side's friendly with Bolivia on Friday, as reported by Inside Spanish Football ...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 3,451 reads 3 comments

  25. IPL Playoffs 2014: Can Kings XI Punjab Recover Quickly vs. Chennai Super Kings?

    As the once-rampant Kings XI Punjab discovered against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday, momentum is an all-powerful quantity in cricket this calendar year. Of course, the points table didn't show it...

    Tim Collins Written by Tim Collins about 1 month ago 1,087 reads 0 comments