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LONDON - World Cup contenders will hope to find out this week if they are better prepared for the tournament than some of the Brazilian stadiums they will be playing in.
MADRID - Brazilian-born forward Diego Costa was called up by Spain on Friday for next week's friendly against Italy, and veteran strikers David Villa and Fernando Torres were not wanted.
MADRID - Atletico Madrid defender Javier Manquillo will be sidelined for four to six weeks after breaking a vertebra in the Copa del Rey semifinal defeat.