Spain Fires World Cup Coach for Taking Real Madrid Job


Spain has fired head coach Julen Lopetegui after he was unveiled as the new Real Madrid coach – two days before their opening World Cup match against Portugal.

Real Madrid announced on Tuesday that Lopetegui would take over from Zinedine Zidain at the Bernabeu on a three-year deal.

The Spanish football federation (RFEF) said it had dismissed the 51-year-old because the negotiation occurred “without any information to the RFEF”. The World Cup in Russia starts on Thursday.

RFEF President Luis Rubiales justified the action: ”You can’t do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision.”