Spain Sack Lopetegui On Eve Of World Cup

Spain Sack Lopetegui On Eve Of World Cup

MI made a decision to fire Frieder immediately and promoted assistant coach Steve Fisher, who led the 3-seeded Wolverines to the national title.

Lopetegui and Perez informed Rubiales just five minutes before Real's announcement, only three days before their first World Cup game, and the RFEF felt it was "unacceptable".

Then, on Wednesday morning, Spanish Football Federation President Luis Rubiales somehow managed to top that.

He said: "I'm very sad but we're hoping that we can win the World Cup". "It may look like a weakness now, but with time this will make us stronger".

La Roja were among the favourites to lift the trophy this summer but the astonishing developments of the past two days could have a devastating affect on their chances.

"There's a lot to do".

Lopetegui has signed a three-year deal to succeed Zinedine Zidane with the Champions League holders and it was decided that in the circumstances it was inappropriate for him to continue with Spain.

The 50-year-old former national team captain was appointed within hours of the announcement of Lopetegui's departure.

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Perez owes his fame as a household name outside Spain to the prowess on the soccer field of Real Madrid, a club that has won the Champion's League a record 13 times, including this season.

He has kept Spain unbeaten through 20 matches in charge and guided it to a first-place finish in a qualifying group that included Italy for the 2018 World Cup. I know there's going to be criticism whatever I do.

"I think Rubiales acted correctly and was looking out for the federation, which should be above any single individual", Hernandez told sports daily Marca.

"The team will do everything to get the best results, we can not talk about hypothesis, but the RFEF can not find out five minutes before it becomes public".

"I do not feel betrayed, Lopetegui, while he has been with us, has done an impeccable job, another is how this has been done, without knowledge of the federation".

Lopetegui was sensationally axed on Wednesday just 24 hours after it was announced he would take over at the Bernabeu following the World Cup.

"Obviously there was some sort of problem with communication but we can't be expected to find out about something like this five minutes and not take the necessary decisions".

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