Spain fired its coach two days before first World Cup game

Spain fired its coach two days before first World Cup game

You can not do things this way.

The 51-year-old will depart without having ever lost a match as Spain's senior coach.

At a press conference, Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) President Luis Rubiales said the federation was "forced" to sack Lopetegui after it found out about his appointment five minutes before the announcement was made. "We don't have time to lament". We have to be mature.

We can not change anything in two days. "We have an obligation to do it".

For the first time since 2006, there are more players from Madrid in a Spanish squad for a major tournament, with a six-strong Real contingent and just Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets from Barca.

"He will join the club after the participation of the Spanish team in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team".

On being questioned regarding who will be stepping up to take the reigns as the Spain coach in the World Cup, Rubiales said, "We are going to touch as little as possible".

"I came from Moscow because this issue is more important, and we had to react".

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The Spanish football federation said Madrid had paid an undisclosed amount to trigger the buyout clause included in Lopetegui's contract. "We are moving forward".

Although the former Real Madrid player has been involved in a back-room role at Spain of late, he has previously coached at Real Oviedo, as well as working under Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid.

Just hours after Lopetegui was sacked amongst the fallout from his appointment as Real Madrid manager, a successor has been decided. "[But] I've been near a ball for 30 years".

Portugal coach Fernando Santos wants Portugal to keep the same low-key mentality that worked well for the team at Euro 2016.

He enjoyed success with the country's youth sides, winning the 2012 Under-19 European Championship before repeating the feat as Under-21 boss 12 months later.

He said the opener will be the game between the "favourite and the candidate". In total, 13 players from the Euro 2016 squad are in Russian Federation. Can you imagine if Spain go home in group stage?

Spain left for the World Cup in Russian Federation free of distractions and with high hopes of competing for the title it won in 2010.

Former Real Madrid and Bolton star Hierro will be in the dugout on Friday when Spain open their Group B campaign against Portugal.

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