Iniesta started on the bench on Sunday, coming on midway through the second half as Spain attempted to retake the lead cancelled out by Artem Dzyuba's spot-kick, but could not inspire a victory.   The 34-year-old, who will now join Vissel Kobe after calling time on his Barcelona career, confirmed he has played his final game for Spain. "It's a reality that this is my last game with the national team, on a wonderful stage," Iniesta, who scored the winner in Spain's World Cup final victory over Netherlands in 2010, said. "The endings are not always the way we dream. The national team will...


The parents of an ice hockey player who was paralysed after the team bus was involved in a serious crash are preparing to bring their son home.   Ryan Straschnitzki is undergoing physiotherapy at the Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia after being paralysed from the chest down in a crash in rural Saskatchewan, Canada, in April. The 19-year-old is expected to return home to Airdrie, just north of Calgary, in a matter of weeks.   His father, Tom Straschnitzki, says he has already gone through six training programs on how to care for his son once he is no longer under the constant watchful eye...


After several years on the Swiss C-team, 23-year-old Ian Gut and his team have decided to compete for Liechtenstein in future ski seasons. The creation of a new environment should breathe new life into the former Swiss skier’s career.   “Ian Gut has decided to change his nation because of his career plan,” says Stephane Cattin, Alpine Director at Swiss-Ski. “We thank Ian for the excellent cooperation in recent years and wish him every success for his future. ”   “I am fortunate enough to have the Liechtenstein passport and my main goal is to receive new ideas and impulses from new...


The Spaniard took part in the Le Mans 24 hour race in the break from Formula One competition and was part of the victorious Toyota team in the famous race.   "Motorsport has been revolutionised in recent years," he explained in his pre-race press conference last week. "Modern motorsport has changed, there is no longer a rush to fit things in. It used to be very focused on specialising in one particular field, but now you can be a professional and give yourself many possibilities all over the world."   With victory in Le Mans, the former Renault driver is now just an Indy500 victory away...

F1 Needs Teams For Driver Development

Formula 1 needs more teams like former backmarker Minardi because there are currently too few opportunities for young drivers to break through, according to Haas team principal Gunther Steiner.


Minardi raced in F1 for 21 years from 1985 and was renowned for giving young talented drivers a chance with the likes of Fernando Alonso, Giancarlo Fisichella, Jarno Trulli and Mark Webber all getting their start in F1 with the team.



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