Real Madrid appoints Julen Lopetegui as coach for next three seasons

14 June, 2018, 15:01 | Author: Laura Christensen
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Spanish Football Federation Chairman Luis Rubiales announced Lopetegui's termination during a news conference on Wednesday.

"We have been obliged to fire the national coach".

Rubiales had been riled by being told of Lopetegui's decision to take the Real job just five minutes before it was made public.

"We have been compelled to act".

On being questioned regarding who will be stepping up to take the reigns as the Spain coach in the World Cup, Rubiales said, "We are going to touch as little as possible. We are left in a very hard situation", he said. "It may look like a weakness now, but with time this will make us stronger".

Fernando Hierro, formerly a Real Madrid player himself, will transition from his role as the national team's sporting director to coach Spain during the World Cup.

Lopetegui was stunningly sacked as Spain coach on Wednesday, just a day before the beginning of the World Cup.

"There's a lot to do".


Spain begin their campaign to regain the trophy from holders Germany on Friday evening, when they take on Portugal, with Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia set to open the tournament on Thursday afternoon.

It was announced on Tuesday the 51-year-old, who was in charge of the national team for two years, had agreed a three-year contract at Real Madrid to replace Zinedine Zidane. We are working on it.

He stated that the team was in a "very complicated" situation, but that he "trusted in the players". "I have spoken with the players and I can guarantee they will do everything, along with the new coach, to take the team as far as possible. We all know what this means and our responsibilities".

Compared to Spain's coaching chaos, the distractions created by Cristiano Ronaldo have become nearly meaningless for Portugal. "Yesterday, today and tomorrow, together", Real Madrid and Spain captain Sergio Ramos.

We will have more to come as this story develops.

"You can not do these things two to three days before a World Cup".

Spain have confirmed the sacking of their football team manager Julen Lopetegui just 24 hours before the start of the World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation.

Former Real Madrid and Bolton star Hierro will be in the dugout on Friday when Spain open their Group B campaign against Portugal.

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