Julen Lopetegui fired as Spain coach

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 17, 2018 Spain's coach Julen Lopetegui poses at Spain's Sport City in Las Rozas near Madrid. Spain sacked coach Lopetegui just two days before the team's opening game against Portugal at the World Cup, Spanish football federation chief Luis Rubiales confirmed on June 13, 2018. In a surprise announcement on June 12, Real Madrid named Lopetegui as their next manager to start work after the tournament in Russia, sparking outrage among the federation and Spanish fans at the timing of the announcement. / AFP PHOTO / Javier SORIANO

Spain sacked coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before the team’s opening game against Portugal at the World Cup, Spanish football federation chief Luis Rubiales confirmed on Wednesday.

In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Real Madrid named Lopetegui as their next manager to start work after the tournament in Russia, sparking outrage among the federation and Spanish fans at the timing of the announcement.

-AFP

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