Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Spanish football federation names new national team coach

Spanish football federation names new national team coach

He stuck with the same game plan that had got Spain to the World Cup, but was ultimately unsuccessful as Spain were knocked out in the second round to Russian Federation on penalties.

Lopetegui's decision to accept the Madrid contract irked the Spanish Football Federation and he was sacked even after signing a new contract before World Cup.

Spain has confirmed the appointment of Luis Enrique as its new manager on a two-year deal.

Luis Enrique has been on a sabbatical since leaving Barcelona in May 2017 and was a reported target of Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in April.

Spain have named Luis Enrique as their new head coach after Fernando Hierro stepped down from temporary charge following their last-16 World Cup exit to Russia, the Spanish Football Federation (SFF) have announced.

Enrique won two La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey trophies and one Champions League during his three-year spell in charge of Barcelona. He's had bigger offers but he wanted to be national team coach and I want to highlight the sacrifice he has made.

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Fernando Hierro, previously the RFEF's sporting director, took over on a temporary basis for the tournament, but has not continued following Spain's disappointing showing in Russian Federation.

Qualifying for Euro 2020, which is being held across the continent, will take place in 2019 between March 21 and November 19. Now Marca are reporting that Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales will recommend Luis Enrique at a board meeting today.

Given that he spent five years with Real Madrid as a player, Luis Enrique doesn't hold much affinity with Los Blancos and their fans.

Spain face England on September 8 at Wembley in their first game of the UEFA Nations League, after being drawn in a group which also contains Croatia.

Hierro declined to return to his previous job as the federation's technical director and "will undertake new professional challenges", the federation wrote.

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