Spain fired its coach two days before first World Cup game

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Team captain Sergio Ramos from Madrid is the only player to have insisted Lopetegui stay on.

Real Madrid, a European club titan that has won the UEFA Champions League in three straight seasons, announced Tuesday that Lopetegui would replace Zinedine Zidane after the World Cup was over. We have encountered a difficulty that we are going to overcome, I am sure of it'.

The Spanish Football Association president, Luis Rubiales, was said to be fuming after the announcement only learning about it 15 minutes before Real made it public. "It is a hard and painful situation, we would have liked to finish here with Julen at the top, but we have not determined the way we act". "But the federation have an obligation, to represent all Spaniards", he said. "We have been compelled to make this decision".

"Lopetegui did not attend the news conference but was expected to speak to the media after returning to Spain".

Spain has sensationally sacked their coach Julen Lopetegui, just one day before the start of the World Cup in Russian Federation. "There's a lot to do".

Rubiales also revealed that the Spanish FA will receive the payment of the rescission clause so that the current coach can sign for Real Madrid.

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

Despite his paucity of managerial experience, having spent just one season in charge of second division Oviedo, Hierro could help unify a distressed camp.

Was roster influenced by move to Real?

Spanish preparations were thrown into turmoil as Lopetegui lost his job following today's announcement he would leave to take over at Real Madrid after the finals in Russian Federation.

"The players will do everything in their reach to win the World Cup".

But Benitez has commented on the prospect of taking the Spanish job in the past. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much.

"I don't feel betrayed".

After shocking everyone to win the European Championship... Nobody gives anything away at a World Cup'.

Either or both could now take charge of Friday evening's game in Sochi against Portugal. Rubiales said that although the federation's financial situation was not ideal, money was "not the most important thing in a moment like this". He was elected president over Juan Luis Larrea, the federation's former treasurer and its interim leader since Villar was suspended following his arrest past year on suspicion of corruption.

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