A surprise of size: the Spanish football association dismisses a coach, Julen Lopetegui, one day before the start of the world cup in Russia, and two days before the first match of La Roja against Portugal. Sports director Fernando Hierro replaces him.
Back Luis Rubiales announced the resignation of Lopetegui to a special bijgeengeroepen press conference in Krasnodar, where the Spanish team is preparing for the world cup.
Not even two hours later, a replacement is appointed as sports director Fernando Hierro will La Roja coach during the tournament. At 18: 30 local time (17: 30 (Belgian time) is Hierro is proposed.
Hierro has as a head coach, not much experience – he stood one season at the head of the Spanish resembled Oviedo – but it is an icon of Spanish football. He played from 1989 to 2003 as a central defender for Real Madrid, that he has five Spanish titles won, and is 89-fold international.
On Tuesday it became known that Lopetegui (51) after the world cup to get started as a coach of Real Madrid, as the successor of Zinedine Zidane. That caused a lot of unrest in Spain, and he clearly resented by the Spanish federation.
Lopetegui was there since 2016, at the head of the Spanish national team and has signed recently to 2020. Under his leadership, had Spain already 20 games is not lost.
“We felt it our duty to the coach to dismiss’, declared Rubiales, who stressed that he did not ‘betray’ feel by Lopetegui.
“This is a decision that we had to take in function of the way of doing it and in function of some values. It can’t be that an employee is a contract to negotiate with another team and that we have only five minutes for the announcement of the agreement to be informed. We need all the good and remember things that he has done to us here. But there are some rules that should be followed, and that has not happened.’
Clash with Portugal
The dismissal is, of course, very inconvenient for Spain, that as one of the favorites for the world title to be considered.
The Spaniards start on Friday for their world CHAMPIONSHIPS and are European champion in Portugal on their plate. Their other two group matches against Iran on June 20, and Morocco on the 25th of June.
The world cup in Russia opens Thursday with Russia – Saudi-Arabia.
Lopetegui signed in Madrid a contract for three seasons. He began his active career at Real, but the ex-goalkeeper was never in the first team to break through. As a coach, he was ten years ago also equally active in the second team of the Royal. Afterwards, he trained the Spanish junior and FC Porto. After the european CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016, he took the lead in the Spanish A-team.
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