Luis Enrique named Spain’s national football coach

Hope Soto
July 10, 2018

Spain were eliminated at the last-16 stage on penalties by host nation Russian Federation.

Hierro has chose to "seek new horizons", according to the Spanish football federation (RFEF).

A former midfielder at Sporting Gijon, Real Madrid and Barcelona, Luis Enrique won two LaLiga titles, one Champions League and three King's Cups as Barca coach between 2014 and 2017.

A team with a history of success, a talented squad and a distinctive style of playing, had just failed to win a trophy for the first time in six years.

It emerged on Sunday that Rubiales was to put forward Lopetegui's successor to the RFEF's board on Monday and, shortly after doing so, Luis Enrique's appointment was made official.

Under the former Real Madrid defender, who previously had just one season's experience as a coach with Real Oviedo, Spain won one of their four games in Russian Federation, a 1-0 victory over Iran in Group B, and drew 3-3 with Portugal and 2-2 with Morocco.

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The former Barcelona manager has signed a two-year contract to take charge of his country.

A formal unveiling of Enrique is likely to happen next week and Rubiales said: 'We have not spoken to anybody else - only Luis Enrique'.

Of the starting XI against Russian Federation, only Marco Asensio will be younger than 30 by the time the next World Cup comes around.

Roberto Martinez, who has led Belgium to the semi-finals of the World Cup, is among the coaches to have been linked with taking the Spain role.

But now Spain have turned to Luis Enrique to guide the national team ahead of the 2020 European Championship.

Earlier on Monday, Jose Francisco Molina, a former goalkeeper for Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna with nine caps for Spain, was appointed as the federation's sporting director.

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