Spain sacked coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before the team’s opening game against Portugal at the World Cup. The 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.
Luis Rubiales said they felt obliged to sack him due to his decision to join Real Madrid. Lopetegui was appointed to be the coach of Spain in 2016 and was never defeated in the years he served as coach.
There are reports that the players tried to intervene at the last minute to prevent him from being sacked but it was not successful.