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Spain Sack Coach Lopetegui Days To World Cup

Spain Sack Coach Lopetegui Days To World Cup”

The world's sporting press have the sacking as their main news item after one of the World Cup favourites entire tournament is thrown into a tailspin.

Lopetegui is out for the "Real Madrid case": "We have chose to release Lopetegui", said the president of the RFEF Luis Rubiales.

Although Lopetegui has done well with the Spanish national team, amassing their second-longest unbeaten streak of 20 games, he has limited experience at club level.

Il Corriere dello Sport: Earthquake in Spain.

Asked if he felt betrayed by his former teammate and colleague Lopetegui, Hierro said there was no point in going over what had just happened when the tournament was right on top of them. Madrid has unleashed this furious reaction of the federation.

A vastly experienced club coach in Spain he has guided the fortunes of Villarreal, Deportivo La Coruna, Athletic Bilbao, Mallorca, Levante, Granada and Osasuna and was linked to the Spain job before Lopetegui was appointed in 2016. We only found out just five minutes before that he was leaving for Madrid.

For the first time in a major tournament since 2006, Real's six-strong contingent outnumber Barca players in the Spain squad with only Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets selected, along with Andres Iniesta, who only last month brought his glorious 16-year career at the Camp Nou to an end.

Bild: Earthquake in Spain. He was credited with reviving a team that was on the decline after winning Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

Until Tuesday, Spain, together with Germany and Brazil, had been one of the favorites to the win the World Cup.

L'Equipe: Spain without a manager.

But if Spain gets eliminated after the group stage, many in the country will lay the blame firmly on Lopetegui, Rubiales and Madrid president Florentino Perez. The players tried to put the brakes on the decision. The 1998 World Cup had seen three managerial casualties in the form of Henryk Kasperczak, Carlos Alberto Parreira and Cha Bum-kun, then coaches of Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and South Korea, respectively. Lopetegui will leave without losing a game with the team.

Europe 1: Lopetegui, sacked. Lopetegui will be up against Cristiano Ronaldo, and surely one of his first tasks as Real Madrid manager will be convincing the forward to stay.

Hierro was Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidane left the post in 2014.

"You have to be focused on having a good World Cup - we are all good".

In one of his first actions, Rubiales canceled a previously arranged "vacation" trip by officials to the World Cup that would cost almost 2 million euros ($3 million).

"It is not the moment to talk, but we will take the decision that is best for the national team", Rubiales told reporters.



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