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Fernando Hierro leaves Spain role after failing to make quarter-finals

10 July, 2018, 01:42 | Author: John Swanson
  • Fernando Hierro only took charge two days before the World Cup started

The 2010 champions were knocked out of the tournament by hosts Russian Federation in the second round, losing 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

After their shocking campaign at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Spain have now announced a former FC Barcelona boss as their new coach.

But if you think really hard you might remember that on the eve of the tournament Spain made a decision to sack Julen Lopetegui.

Of the starting XI against Russian Federation, only Marco Asensio will be younger than 30 by the time the next World Cup comes around.

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The former Barcelona manager, who was favoured ahead of the other candidates Quique Sánchez Flores y Michel, will be officially presented as new head coach of the national setup in the coming days.

He also coached Celta Vigo and Barca's reserve team and has spent the past year on sabbatical since leaving the Nou Camp in June 2017.

Enrique will be taking over from Lopetegui, who was sacked by Rubiales when the coach announced he had signed to take over at Real Madrid.

Marca's front page has a photograph of Luis Enrique with a headline: "The new Luis".

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The 48-year-old won two La Liga titles and the Champions League with the Catalan side before stepping down last year.

UPDATE: The Spanish FA have since confirmed Enrique as the new manager of the national team.

Roberto Martinez, who has led Belgium to the semi-finals of the World Cup, is among the coaches to have been linked with taking the Spain role.

The first press conference unveiled Jose Francisco Molina, 47, a former goalkeeper at Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna who played nine times for Spain, as the team's sporting director.

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