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Spain fires coach Julen Lopetegui two days before World Cup opener

Florentino Perez and Zidane Florentino Perez and Zidane
Cassandra Castillo | 13 June, 2018, 23:12

Spain have sacked head coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup and just days after he was named as the new boss at Real Madrid.

No Spanish journalist or news publication saw it coming, but on Tuesday afternoon, Real announced Lopetegui as their new coach, with the Basque set to take over after Spain's World Cup campaign. (We were told) just five minutes before the press release.

"We had to react, I know that whatever I do I will be criticized, I accept that". One was to say no, one was to leave, the third was to be present, to take a step forward for the Spanish FA and Spanish football'.

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.

"There's a lot to do".

Rubiales also revealed that the Spanish FA will receive the payment of the rescission clause so that the current coach can sign for Real Madrid. Last month, Lopetegui agreed to extend his contract with the national team through 2020.

"We have to made a decision to fire the national coach", Rubiales said in a press conference on Wednesday.

Spain's first game at the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup is against neighbours Portugal on Friday. I told them we have an exciting challenge in front of us, and we can not let this affect our focus.

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The decision to remove Lopetegui appears to be at odds with how senior members of the national team feel.

"You can't change two days of work in two days and a large part of the technical team is staying here with us too".

Hierro, a former Real Madrid captain, refused to criticise his old club for their conduct, and admitted the chance to coach his country was an opportunity too good to turn down.

The RFEF requests the maximum respect to maintain the normality in the concentration of the national team at the doors of our debut in the tournament against Portugal.

Get the latest World Cup news updates. Rubiales repeatedly dodged questions over whether he had taken their advice before making the decision to fire the coach. "We wish him the greatest of luck", said Rubiales.

Lopetegui was yesterday confirmed as Zinedine Zidane's successor at Real Madrid and was due to step down as Spain boss following this summer's tournament in Russian Federation.

Rubiales accused Lopetgui of betraying the federation's values.

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