England's political and leaders would be welcome at World Cup Russian organisers

England's political and leaders would be welcome at World Cup Russian organisers

England's political and leaders would be welcome at World Cup Russian organisers

Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has announced his retirement from global football, following La Roja's loss to Russian Federation in the round of 16.

"It is a reality that is my last match with the national team, at the individual level a wonderful stage is over". A marvellous spell is over.

"Sometimes, the end does not happen the way you dreamed it would, and is instead marked by the circumstances".

With 131 appearances, Iniesta was Spain's fourth-most-capped player, behind Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Xavi Hernandez.

"It's bad, it's tough", he said.

'The critics don't matter so much; we are angry because we weren't capable of taking another step and we didn't rise to the occasion, despite trying everything.

Iniesta started Sunday's last-16 game on the bench as coach Fernando Hierro opted to rest the Barcelona legend.

"Some players will come, others will go, but we're always proud to represent this national team".

Iniesta was later subbed on and also scored during the penalty shootout, but his fairy-tale finish to an illustrious Spain career wasn't to be.

He added: "We're having a fantastic World Cup".

Eleven host cities, namely Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara, were selected to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup.

From 1950 to 1978 there was something of a goal drought for Spain at the biggest global tournament with only two coming in 1962 in Chile and four in England's tournament held in 1966.

Recommended News

  • Amazon launches start-up service to deliver its own packages

    Amazon launches start-up service to deliver its own packages

    It claims that these people could make as much as $300,000 in yearly profits and have up to 40 delivery vans under their control. The company has been building up its own fleet of 7,000 of trucks and 40 airplanes to cover the "middle mile" of delivery.
    Sweden coach Janne Andersson refuses to gloat as Germany crash out

    Sweden coach Janne Andersson refuses to gloat as Germany crash out

    Ludwig Augustinsson volleyed in his first worldwide goal from close range to put Sweden ahead five minutes after the interval. Sweden then went 2-0 up and their goal came from the penalty spot as Hector Moreno's clumsy challenge on Berg was penalized.
    Carlos Queiroz fumes after Cristiano Ronaldo was not sent off against Iran

    Carlos Queiroz fumes after Cristiano Ronaldo was not sent off against Iran

    From a bitter supporter of the eliminated German team at World Cup, soccer didn't need anything else to slow down the game. Spain and Portugal were largely expected to finish in this order in this group, but not like this.
  • Rite Aid stock falls nearly  11 percent on news of Amazon purchase

    Rite Aid stock falls nearly 11 percent on news of Amazon purchase

    Amazon .com had made a major step in its bid to revolutionise the healthcare indutsy by buying an online pharmacy. Walgreens was already trading lower after reporting lower same-store sales at its United States pharmacies.
    Hundreds arrested in DC protesting Trump immigration policy

    Hundreds arrested in DC protesting Trump immigration policy

    Kirsten Gillibrand also appeared at the demonstration, calling it "an awesome protest of women speaking out to be heard". The protest began in the streets of DC before moving to the Hart building , one of three Senate office buildings.
    Turkey votes as Erdogan eyes second term

    Turkey votes as Erdogan eyes second term

    Parliament's role was severely diminished even before the constitutional changes brought in following a referendum in April 2017 . Sunday's election represented Erdogan's biggest electoral challenge in more than a decade. "It gives it a lot of power".
  • Umtiti believes Barcelona's Messi is not the same in Argentina

    Umtiti believes Barcelona's Messi is not the same in Argentina

    The knockout stage will begin on Saturday, with France facing Argentina in Kazan and Uruguay playing Portugal in Sochi. Captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris backed Griezmann to make his mark at the tournament. "I see him everyday".
    Syria says Israeli missiles strike near Damascus airport

    Syria says Israeli missiles strike near Damascus airport

    Jordan said its borders will remain closed for any new refugees, calling on the U.N.to provide security in southern Syria. Two Israeli missiles landed near the worldwide airport of Damascus after midnight Tuesday, Syrian state TV reported .
    'Dream' win over Germany bittersweet for South Korea's Son

    'Dream' win over Germany bittersweet for South Korea's Son

    Germany's 2-0 loss to South Korea and Sweden's 3-0 victory over Mexico means that the 2014 World Cup winners are heading home. It is the fourth time in the last five World Cups that the defending champions have been eliminated in the group stage.
  • US Supreme Court Justice Kennedy to retire

    US Supreme Court Justice Kennedy to retire

    It's widely expected the next appointee could shift the current balance of Supreme Court to a more conservative-learning bench. In his letter to Mr Trump, Justice Kennedy expressed "profound gratitude" for having served in the highest court.
    Top Golfers Return To Connecticut For PGA Tour's Travelers Championship

    Top Golfers Return To Connecticut For PGA Tour's Travelers Championship

    It's a place that I like, and it's - I'm not here thinking about the Open. "This golf course - I played it really smart today". The average winning score since Travelers began sponsoring the tournament in 2007 is a 16-under par 264.
    Akash Ambani, Shloka go traditional for pre-engagement bash

    Akash Ambani, Shloka go traditional for pre-engagement bash

    Bride-to-be Shloka Mehta was seen goofing around and having a good time with her friends Anushka Rajan Doshi (R) and Mirai Doshi. The Internet is abuzz with the pictures and videos from Akash and Shloka's pre-engagement and pre pre-engagement party.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.