June 13, 2018 / 10:16 AM / 4 months ago

Soccer- Spain sacks Julen Lopetegui as coach of national team

MADRID (Reuters) - The president of the Spanish football federation (RFEF) Luis Rubiales on Wednesday announced that he had sacked Julen Lopetegui as Spanish national team coach just two days before Spain’s debut at the World Cup in Russia.

Spain's new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez receives a Spanish national soccer jersey with his name from Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Football Federation, while he poses with the Spanish team at the Spanish Federation Soccer Headquarters in Las Rozas, Spain, June 5, 2018.REUTERS/Susana Vera

The mover comes after Real Madrid unexpectedly announced on Tuesday that Lopetegui, who had only recently extended his contract with Spain, would take over as their coach next season.

Reporting by Jesus Aguado; Editing by Paul Day

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