MADRID (AP) — Santi Cazorla was told by doctors a few years ago he would have a hard time walking with his son in the garden.
On Friday, coaches told him he will be playing for Spain...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Among the 60,000-plus spectators packed into the Santiago Bernabeu for the return of Zinedine Zidane, nobody seemed happier than Francisco "Isco" Alarcon.
MADRID (AP) — Francisco "Isco" Alarcon has been left out of the Spain squad, paying the price for not playing often enough for Real Madrid under coach Santiago Solari.
Crucial for Spain, Isco unwanted at Solari’s Real Madrid
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Unwanted at Real Madrid, Francisco "Isco" Alarcon's career appears to be coming to a crossroads.
Isco's superb vision, dribbling, and passing skills have earned him a place as the natural successor to Andres Iniesta in the long line of brilliant midfielders for Spain.
But Isco has fallen out of favor with new Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari, who has yet to start Isco in any of the six matches he has coached since taking over a month ago.
Real Madrid midfielder Isco needs surgery for appendicitis
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid midfielder says Francisco "Isco" Alarcon has been diagnosed with appendicitis.
Madrid says tests on Tuesday showed Isco's condition requires emergency surgery.
Spanish media say Isco is expected to be sidelined for about a month. He could be back just in time for the clasico against Barcelona on Oct. 28 at Camp Nou Stadium.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Imagine having a team featuring Cristiano Ronaldo supporting Harry Kane up front, Philippe Coutinho pulling the strings alongside Isco in midfield, and Diego Godin the rock at the back.
That's the backbone of the best 11 players of the group stage of the World Cup, as selected by Associated Press staff covering the tournament in Russia.
MADRID (AP) — A talented group of youngsters have been put in charge of a difficult task for Spain: Replacing some of the best players to ever wear the national team's jersey.
As La Roja's continues to lose members of its golden generation, it will be up to a gifted group of players to try to take over the national team.
MADRID (AP) — Alvaro Morata was left out of Spain's 23-player squad for the World Cup on Monday.
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui decided to pick only three strikers for the tournament in Russia: Diego Costa, Iago Aspas and Rodrigo.
"It's always a difficult decision," Lopetegui said. "There wasn't anything negative about (Morata). But we thought there were other players in the position who could help us."
Rested Messi watches Argentina get crushed 6-1 by Spain
MADRID (AP) — With Lionel Messi rested, Argentina was crushed 6-1 by Spain on Tuesday, with Real Madrid midfielder Francisco "Isco" Alarcon scoring his first career hat trick.
Messi watched from the stands at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid as Spain dealt Argentina a humbling loss in the last match before their coaches pick their squads for this summer's World Cup.
Injured Ramos & Isco to miss Real Madrid’s match at Valencia
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid will be without central defender Sergio Ramos and midfielder Isco for Saturday's Spanish league match at Valencia because of injury.
Madrid said on Friday that Ramos has pulled a muscle in his left leg, while Isco has a pinched nerve in his left thigh.
Madrid is in a fight to ensure a top-four finish. It trails third-place Valencia by five points — albeit with a game in hand — and has Villarreal one point behind in fifth.
Barcelona and Madrid win in day marked by Catalonia protests
MADRID (AP) — In a day marked by demonstrations over Catalonia's disputed independence vote, Barcelona won its seventh game in a row and Real Madrid earned its first victory at home in the Spanish league on Sunday.
Barcelona defeated Las Palmas 3-0 to stay perfect with two goals by Lionel Messi and one by Sergio Busquets in a game played in an empty Camp Nou Stadium to protest the Spanish government's attempt to halt Catalonia's referendum.
Real Madrid extends Isco’s contract until end of 2022 season
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid says it has extended the contract of Francisco "Isco" Alarcon until the end of the 2022 season, keeping the talented attacking midfielder tied to the club for another four seasons.
Isco's current contract was valid until June 2018.
The 25-year-old playmaker has been a key player for Madrid over the last couple of seasons. He also became a regular starter with Spain's national team.
With talented youngsters, Spain on its way back to the top
MADRID (AP) — It's time to start taking Spain seriously again.
After struggling with its aging squad in the last two major soccer tournaments, Spain is on its way back to the top thanks to a group of talented young players and a promising coach.
"La Roja" is playing well again led by coach Julen Lopetegui and youngsters such as Marco Asensio, Francisco "Isco" Alarcon and Alvaro Morata.
Spain closer to World Cup spot after rare defeat for Italy
MADRID (AP) — Spain moved closer to securing a World Cup spot with a convincing 3-0 win Saturday over Italy after a remarkable performance by Real Madrid forward Francisco "Isco" Alarcon.
Gareth Bale's Wales got back in contention in its group thanks to a winner by 17-year-old striker Benjamin Woodburn five minutes into his international debut.
Garza leaves MLS All-Star game with separated shoulder
CHICAGO (AP) — Atlanta United defender Greg Garza suffered a separated right shoulder less than 2 minutes into the MLS All-Star Game.
Garza was tackled by Real Madrid's Isco near midfield and slid to the wet turf, reaching out with his right hand to brace himself. He hit the turf awkwardly and stayed down for two minutes.
He was replaced 4 minutes later by Houston's DeMarcus Beasley.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Francisco "Isco" Alarcon scored his second goal of the match in the 90th minute to salvage a 3-2 win for Real Madrid at Sporting Gijon on Saturday, keeping it on course for its first Spanish league title in five years.
Madrid was on the verge of a second consecutive draw when the Spain midfielder drilled a right-footed shot from just outside the area between goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar and his post.
Iniesta returns as Spain seeks to avenge loss to Italy
MADRID (AP) — Andres Iniesta will lead Spain in its World Cup qualifying matches against Italy and Albania after returning from injury.
Spain will be seeking to avenge a loss to Italy at the European Championship that ended the team's bid for a third consecutive continental title.
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui named Iniesta to his squad on Friday for the upcoming away qualifiers Oct. 6 and 9.