Spain in chaos 2 days before World Cup after coach fired

Hope Soto
June 15, 2018

After being surprisingly announced as the new Real Madrid manager on Tuesday, the former Porto coach was subsequently - also surprisingly - sacked by the Spanish FA on the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Kroos, 28, who has won the Champions League title three times with Real, says he has not had contact with his club, but gave his backing to Lopetegui's replacement Fernando Hierro.

Spanish preparations were thrown into turmoil as Lopetegui lost his job following today's announcement he would leave to take over at Real Madrid after the finals in Russian Federation.

Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales learned of his decision just five minutes before the official announcement was made.

It's quite stunning news and certainly is a massive distraction for this team.

"We have been forced to dispense with the national coach". I have spoken with the players, and I can guarantee that they will do everything they can with the new coaching staff, we are in a very hard situation.

The national team's sporting director, and former Spain captain, Fernando Hierro now takes over on an interim basis for the World Cup and he is likely to be assisted by Under-21 boss Albert Celades out in Russian Federation.

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Almost 30 years ago, MI faced nearly the same situation as Spain when coach Bill Frieder announced before the NCAA tournament that he would leave after the season to take over Arizona State.

Spain, one of the pre-tournament favourites, also face Morocco and Iran in their group in Russian Federation. "We have been compelled to make this decision". "I don't have to judge Real Madrid, the one who brought the matter to him is responsible because things can't be done that way".

"I don't feel betrayed, the problem is that things have been done with the complete absence of the RFEF, which is something (we) can not let go by".

The World Cup will kick off in Russian Federation on Thursday and bring the "greatest show on earth" to the Kremlin's doorstep.

Lopetegui, 51, was appointed Spain's coach in July 2016 and never tasted defeat in the job, leading the team through 20 unbeaten games ahead of the World Cup.

Former team captain Fernando Hierro, already in Russia as Sporting Director, has been directed to take over as coach for the tournament, the federation said on its website. We know we have a a great chance, that's what I have transmitted to them.

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