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  • Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas wipes his face after being scored on for the fourth time during the second half of the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Arena Ponte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    World Cup: Spain defense implodes in heaviest loss since '50

    Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas crawled and scrambled in vain, Gerard Pique was beaten for pace and Sergio Ramos made a series of blunders.

  • Real Madrid's goalkeeper Iker Casillas, right, lifts the trophy with Sergio Ramos next to the Cibeles statue in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, May 25, 2014, after their team won the Champions League final soccer match in Lisbon, Portugal by beating Atletico Madrid. (AP Photo/Paul White)

    Thousands celebrate Real's Champions League title

    About 50,000 Real Madrid fans packed the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday to celebrate the club's record 10th European Cup with a blockbuster show befitting its galactico image.

  • Real's Gareth Bale celebrates scoring his side's 2nd goal, during the Champions League final soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, at the Luz stadium, in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Real Madrid wins Champions League final in extra time over Atletico Madrid

    Gareth Bale scored what proved to be the game-winner with a stellar header in the 110th minute, and Atletico fell apart after that.

  • Iker Casillas turns season around at Madrid

    Iker Casillas is on the verge of turning one of the most trying seasons of his Real Madrid career into one of the most successful.

  • Former Real player Raul Gonzalez, left, laughs with Real's Cristiano Ronaldo, centre, and Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas, during a training session ahead of Saturday's Champions League final soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, in Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)

    5 players to watch in Champions League final

    Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid meet in the first Champions League final, the first between teams from the same city and fifth between teams from the same country.

  • Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas grabs the ball next to Bayern's David Alaba during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

    Casillas back in Madrid's goal for Spanish league

    Iker Casillas will play for Real Madrid in the Spanish league for the first time in more than a year to maintain his form for the upcoming Champions League final.

  • Real's Cristiano Ronaldo, second right, gestures next to Pepe, center, and teammates during a training session in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich in a first leg semifinal Champions League soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gabriel Pecot)

    Benzema guides Madrid to 1-0 win over Bayern

    Karim Benzema's goal gave Real Madrid a 1-0 first-leg victory over title holder Bayern Munich on Wednesday, but the nine-time champions may live to regret the missed chances in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.

  • Real's Karim Benzema celebrates scoring the opening goal during a  Champions League semifinal first leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul White)

    Karim Benzema goal gives Real Madrid edge on Bayern Munich

    Nine-time champion Madrid will rue a number of missed opportunities to extend its lead going into Tuesday's return leg. Madrid wants to end a three-season semifinal losing streak and reach the final for the first time since winning in 2002.

  • 5 Spain players to watch at the World Cup

    Spain has a surplus of talented players at nearly every position, so picking the right team will likely be Spain coach Vicente del Bosque's biggest dilemma.

  • Real's Karim Benzema, top centre scores past Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann during a Champions League round of sixteen, first leg soccer match between Schalke 04 and Real Madrid at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Real outclasses Schalke 6-1

    Real Madrid staked its claim as the main challenger to Bayern Munich's supremacy in Europe with a 6-1 rout of Schalke on Wednesday.

  • Iker Casillas (second from left), captain of the Spanish national soccer team, holds the Euro 2012 championship trophy alongside coach Vicente del Bosque (left) and Angel Villar (fourth from left), president of the Spanish football association, upon their arrival at Madrid's Barajas Airport on Monday, July 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul White)

    Spain fetes its soccer champs with happy abandon

    Swathed in the red-and-yellow colors of Spain, hundreds of thousands packed central Madrid to give a hero's welcome Monday to "La Roja" — the national soccer team that erased the country's gloomy mood by winning the Euro 2012 Championship with such flair.

  • Column: Spanish masters turn soccer into art

    Even in slow-motion replays, Spain still seemed to play at 1 million miles an hour. The Italians? Well, they looked as though they'd been locked inside a pinball machine, which, in a way, they had.

  • EURO 2012 LIVE: Spain vs. Italy

    It's the final day of Euro 2012, with Italy and Spain going head to head for the cup. Follow the best of the action, photos and pre-match buildup here. Want to have your say? Contact (at)phillipsian and (at)simonhaydon via Twitter. All times are Ukrainian.

  • EURO 2012 LIVE: Spain 1 Italy 0

    It's the final day of Euro 2012, with Italy and Spain going head to head for the cup. Follow the best of the action, photos and pre-match buildup here. Want to have your say? Contact (at)phillipsian and (at)simonhaydon via Twitter. All times are Ukrainian.

  • EURO 2012 LIVE: Spain 2, Italy 0

    It's the final day of Euro 2012, with Italy and Spain going head to head for the cup. Follow the best of the action, photos and pre-match buildup here. Want to have your say? Contact (at)phillipsian and (at)simonhaydon via Twitter. All times are Ukrainian.

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