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Sport New Real Madrid manager Lopetegui leaves Spain on eve of World Cup kick-off

09:50  14 june  2018
09:50  14 june  2018 Source:   goal.com

Spain's 23-man World Cup squad confirmed

  Spain's 23-man World Cup squad confirmed Spain, the 2010 World Cup winners, are coming into this tournament with very high hopes. Legends such as Carlos Puyol, Xavi and Iker Casillas have all came to the end of their international careers and a new crop of Spanish tiki taka footballers are on their way. After a disappointing Euro 2016, head coach Vincente Del Bosque resigned, leaving a vacancy for new manager Julen Lopetegui, who named his 23 man squad earlier this week. Most of the Spanish squad basically picks itself. The winners such as Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta are still very much the spine of the team. However, this Spanish squad has a lot of young quality. The likes of Marco Asensio, Saul Ninguez and Lucas Vazquez have all had positive seasons in Madrid. Furthermore, there are a few “not sure” players. Liverpool flop Iago Aspas was given the green light ahead of Alvaro Morata after a good campaign with Celta Vigo, as was Valencia forward Rodrigo. Another shock name to the list was Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal, who was picked ahead of Marcos Alonso, Real Sociedad right back Alvaro Odriozola, who has been named ahead of Alonso and Hector Bellerin, rounds off the 23-man selection for Spain. This squad wil suit playing the typical Spanish, keep ball way. There isn’t a lot of pace through out the side, but hopefully, Lopetegui can show why he was given the job and find a system that works with an incredibly talented 23 man squad.

Spain on Wednesday named federation sporting director Fernando Hierro as its World Cup coach to replace Julen Lopetegui , who was sensationally sacked after his appointment as Real Madrid manager .

New Real Madrid manager Lopetegui sacked by Spain on eve of World Cup kick - off . Harry Sherlock. 10:03 ShareClose Comments.

Spain's coach, Julen Lopetegui, gestures during a press conference at the Royal Spanish Football Federation's 'Ciudad del Futbol' in Madrid on September 1, 2017 on the eve of their World Cup 2018 qualifier football match against Italy. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS        (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) © Catalyst Spain's coach, Julen Lopetegui, gestures during a press conference at the Royal Spanish Football Federation's 'Ciudad del Futbol' in Madrid on September 1, 2017 on the eve of their World Cup 2018 qualifier football match against Italy. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as manager of Spain, after taking the Real Madrid job on Tuesday.

Lopetegui was announced as Zinedine Zidane's successor earlier this week in a move that surprised many.

The announcement initially claimed that the 51-year-old would take the reins at Santiago Bernabeu after the conclusion of the tournament, but La Roja have acted now.

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  Spain considering Premier League boss as Lopetegui replacement Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is on the list of candidates to replace the recently-sacked Spain manager Julen Lopetegui. The Northern Echo claims that the former Real Madrid boss is under consideration. The Spanish Football Federation have taken the bold decision to sack Lopetegui just one day before the World Cup kicks off. The news follows the confirmation that Lopetegui will be taking over at Real Madrid this summer. Following the announcement, there has been contrasting reports about Lopetegui’s future with the Spanish national team, but his departure has now been confirmed. This is not the first time Benitez has been linked with the Spain job. He was a target for the national team when Vicente del Bosque left his post back in 2016. Lopetegui’s departure will throw fresh doubt over Benitez’s immediate future with Newcastle. Benitez has been linked with moves away from St James’ Park following the difficult relationship he has endured with Mike Ashley.

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"We have to decided to fire the national coach," Spanish Football Federation president, Luis Rubiales, said. "What we have achieved in getting here is due in great part to him, and we must thank him and wish him luck."

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Rubiales insists he does not feel undermined, but has suggested that Real acted in a manner unbecoming of their status.

“I don’t feel betrayed. Lopetegui has done impeccable work. How all this has been done is something else.

Spain sack head coach Julen Lopetegui on eve of the World Cup

  Spain sack head coach Julen Lopetegui on eve of the World Cup Spain have stunned the football world by sacking Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the opening match of the World Cup, less than 24 hours after Real Madrid had announced he would become their manager after the tournament. Twitter: ¡Bienvenido, @julenlopetegui! #WelcomeLopetegui | #RealMadrid https://t.co/i2efGU0JI3 (@realmadrid) Lopetegui had signed a new contract agreeing to remain with the national side until 2020 in May, but having been announced as Zinedine Zidane’s successor on at Los Blancos, he was relieved of his post on Wednesday morning in a remarkable turn of events. After flying to the Spanish camp in Russia late on Tuesday, head of the Spanish FA Luis Rubiales confirmed Lopetegui’s departure in a press conference on Wednesday. Per The Guardian, Rubiales was quoted as saying: “We have been forced to dispense with the national coach. We wish him the greatest of luck. The negotiations have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release. There’s a way to act that needs to be fulfilled.” Assistant coach Pablo Sanz remains with the team for the time being, as does sporting director and former Real Madrid and Bolton defender Fernando Hierro, either of whom could replace Lopetegui for the tournament. It remains to be seen how the departure will affect the team’s play, however, in what could be a huge blow to the chances of one of the tournament favourites.

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Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as manager of Spain , after taking the Real Madrid job on Tuesday. Lopetegui was announced as Zinedine Zidane's successor in a move that surprised many just days before the World Cup in Russia is due to start.

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez (L) shakes hands with Spain's coach Julen Lopetegui (C) beside Spain's defender Sergio Ramos during his visit to Spain's national football team at Las Rozas de Madrid sports city on June 5, 2018. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images) © Catalyst Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez (L) shakes hands with Spain's coach Julen Lopetegui (C) beside Spain's defender Sergio Ramos during his visit to Spain's national football team at Las Rozas de Madrid sports city on June 5, 2018. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP) (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

"I have spoken with the players and I can guarantee they will do everything, along with the new coach, to take the team as far as possible.

"Real Madrid look for the best coach, that is fine by me. I have no opinion about how Real Madrid act. But the federation have an obligation, to represent all Spaniards.

"To win is very important, to have the best coach very important, but above everything is acting in the right way. Maybe this is tough now, but in the end it will make us stronger.”

Lopetegui was unbeaten in his time in the Spain dugout, guiding his team to 14 wins and six draws from 20 matches.

The contenders to replace Julen Lopetegui

  The contenders to replace Julen Lopetegui Spain have taken the bold decision to sack their manager Julen Lopetegui just a day before the World Cup kicks off in Russia. Lopetegui was recently confirmed as the next Real Madrid boss earlier this week and the early announcement has backfired. The 51-year-old will replace Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu this summer following the Frenchman’s decision to step down. The Spanish Football Federation have taken the decision to part ways early rather than wait until after the tournament, despite Spain playing their first game of the competition on Friday against Portugal. Madrid’s announcement of Lopetegui’s impending move is said to have angered those behind the scenes at the Spanish national team. The Spanish Football Federation will now look to make an appointment before the game against Portugal. We’ve taken a look at who could be in line to replace him.

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Spain national football team coach Julen Lopetegui reacts during a press conference at Krasnodar's stadium on June 8, 2018 on the eve of the international friendly match against Tunisia. (Photo by Pierre-Philippe MARCOU / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images) © Catalyst Spain national football team coach Julen Lopetegui reacts during a press conference at Krasnodar's stadium on June 8, 2018 on the eve of the international friendly match against Tunisia. (Photo by Pierre-Philippe MARCOU / AFP) (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

The stunning development threatens to destabilise a team regarded as one of the favourites to win the tournament in Russia.

Spain face Portugal on Friday, and will also face Iran and Morocco in Group B.

Rubiales has not revealed who will be in charge for La Roja's opening game of the tournament, but insists that an announcement will be made in due course.

Julen Lopetegui wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Goal.com

“We are going to touch as little as possible," he said. "We are working on it. When we know we will tell you.”

It has been reported that several Spain players were keen for Lopetegui to stay on throughout the tournament, but that Rubiales was keen to act after finding out of the manager's agreement with Real Madrid mere minutes before the announcement was made.

Gallery: Julen Lopetegui and other cases of World Cup self-sabotage (Grid) Julen Lopetegui and other cases of World Cup self-sabotage: The World Cup is the biggest tournament in football and millions of fans tune in to watch the best players on the planet.However, as well as the on-field stories, you can guarantee that there will always be a few examples of teams who shoot themselves in the foot with things that happen behind the scenes.This year’s example seems to be Spain, as manager Julen Lopetegui has agreed to take over at Real Madrid post-tournament.Apparently, chiefs at the Spanish FA were furious at his decision and as such, he has been sacked and will not be in charge for the tournament.In honour of the Spanish meltdown, we’ve taken a look back at other times when World Cup sides have self-sabotaged their own tournament. Julen Lopetegui and other cases of World Cup self-sabotage

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Lopetegui’s hypocrisy revealed as his final words to Spain squad leak .
With Spain’s World Cup in full crisis mode after the sacking of their coach Julen Lopetegui just 48 hours before the tournament starts, his last words to the squad have now emerged. The 51-year-old was announced as the new Real Madrid coach on Tuesday, with Spanish FA chief Luis Rubiales apparently only learning about it five minutes before it came out.

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