| May 6, 2014
My guide, Roberto, met me at Madrid's airport, we rented a car and minutes later we were southbound on the freeway, immersed in the vastness of La Mancha. It's a tough terrain. A windmill -- weathered into a rough little useless nub -- still capped its...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 4:49 AM
Felipe VI was sworn in Thursday as Spain's new king, bringing a fresh face to the Spanish monarchy at a time when its popularity ratings have hit historic lows.
The 46-year-old monarch took an oath and was then proclaimed king, without a formal...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 10:34 AM
Even with Europe's super-efficient public transportation system, there are times when it makes sense to rent a car. Having your own wheels is ideal for getting to more remote or rural places (that aren't covered as well by public transportation): England'...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 6:52 PM
Barcelona's history has bounced around like a soccer ball, but that's to be expected when people — a group that has included Carthaginians, Castilians and Catalans — have been living in the area for 37,000 years. Throughout most of it,...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 7:14 AM
Orlando City has some major competition for headlines with the other new MLS expansion club.
New York City F.C. made a huge splash with its first-ever signing, inking Spain's World Cup winner David Villa to a reported three-year deal. Villa, who will...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 8:14 AM
The Netherlands exacted some revenge and then some in a 5-1 bashing of defending World Cup champion Spain on Friday.
In a rematch of the final from South Africa, the Oranje broke out with four goals in the second half to embarrass Spain. It was a...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 8:44 AM
The easy adage is scoreless draws are a boring indictment of the beautiful game. Mexico and Brazil proved otherwise in an up-and-down, back-and-forth game on Tuesday.
While neither team could find the net -- Mexico has goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 7:45 AM
It is a stunning end to one of the most dominant eras in international soccer.
Spain, which won two European championships and the 2010 World Cup, was eliminated from the World Cup after two games and two losses. An undeniable dynasty, Spain was the...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 11:05 AM
I happened to be looking up when they flew overhead, a flock of white storks heading south along the Costa Brava, in Catalonia, on Spain's Mediterranean coast.
With the rising sun as their compass, they flew in shifting, untidy groups, black-tipped wings...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 6:02 AM
The result was as expected. The path to victory...not so much.
Brazil needed the aid of a controversial penalty kick to overcome Croatia, 3-1, in the World Cup opener on Thursday. After falling behind, 1-0, on Marcelo's own goal, it was Neymar who...
| May 10, 2014
| 5:15 PM
With a win in this summer's World Cup, Spain would cement its legacy as the best soccer team in a generation — if not one of the best ever.
Germany, on the other hand, goes to Brazil riding an 18-year title drought in major competitions, needing a...