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Even with World Cup and European Championship titles behind him, Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta is still over-awed by the chance to play in Brazil.
He'll get his opportunity on Sunday when Spain faces Uruguay in Group B of the Confederations Cup.
Spain and Brazil are favored to play for the title at the World Cup warm-up tournament, and the Barcelona midfielder says he is extra motivated to reach the final because it will be played at the legendary Maracana Stadium.
''For me and for any other player, going to Brazil to play football is one of a kind,'' Iniesta said. ''First in the Confederations Cup, and then later to go back for the World Cup, it will be magical.
''Brazil is special for all of us. I just hope we can play important matches in the Maracana, it would mean that the national team had gone far in both tournaments.''
Iniesta has helped Spain rise to the top of world football and stay there for its unprecedented run o...
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Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has accused former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho of damaging football.
Mourinho has walked away from the Spanish game to return to Chelsea after a three-year stay in Madrid that saw him clash with players, coaches and the media.
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Jose Mourinho has hit back at Andres Iniesta after the Barcelona midfielder claimed that he "damaged" Spanish soccer.
The former Real Madrid boss gave his first press conference since being unveiled as Chelsea manager today following a contentious three-season spell at the Bernabeu.
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Spain can complete its trophy case with an elusive Confederations Cup title when it heads to Brazil next month.
Since winning the first of two European championships in 2008, followed by the last World Cup, a Spain team led by the Barcelona midfield pair of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta has only slipped once when it truly mattered.
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Despite featuring only eight teams, the Confederations Cup offers plenty of star power with Neymar, Mario Balotelli and Andres Iniesta among the top players to watch.
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Jose Mourinho has hit back at claims he "damaged" Spanish football during his time at Real Madrid.
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta told the media in Spain that he was not sorry to see Mourinho leave La Liga and accused him of doing "more harm than good".
Mourinho's spell in the capital was littered with controversy including rows with the press, his...