Spain announce Luis Enique as new head coach

Spain announce Luis Enique as new head coach

Spain announce Luis Enique as new head coach

Fernando Hierro, the sporting director, who stood in as coach and led Spain to the last 16 where they lost to host Russian Federation on penalties, said Sunday he would not continue with RFEF.

Spain subsequently qualified from the group stage but went out to hosts Russian Federation at the last-16 stage following a penalty shoot-out in Moscow.

"The last Spanish coach declined to return to his previous position as sports director of the RFEF to seek new horizons and undertake new professional challenges", the RFEF said.

Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is to be named as the new Spain coach, according to widespread reports in the Spanish media on Monday.

Enrique has beaten off competition from an array of candidates to lead Spain, for whom he scored 12 goals in 62 games.

Rubiales had earlier on Monday said that the new head coach of Spain's national team needed to be a person of strong character.

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Luis Enrique replaces Julen Lopetegui who was controversially sacked on the eve of the World Cup.

Lopetegui had taken the Real Madrid job without informing his employers, a betrayal that left Rubiales and the Spanish FA seething.

Luis Enrique has been on a sabbatical since leaving Barcelona in May 2017 and was a reported target of Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in April.

Lopetegui was dismissed it was announced that he would take over at Real Madrid after the tournament.

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The 48 year old's contract would be for two years, taking them up to the Euros in 2020 that is due to be played at multiple venues around Europe.

Andres Iniesta, the former Barcelona great who scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, retired from the worldwide team after the defeat to Russian Federation.

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