Julen Lopetegui has been sacked by Spain

Julen Lopetegui has been sacked by Spain

Julen Lopetegui has been sacked by Spain

He also comes with a clearly defined style of play, an important consideration following the departure of a coach, Zinedine Zidane, who was repeatedly criticised for distinctly lacking a strong identity. Argentina, a team who run on an engine known as Lionel Messi, the face of FC Barcelona in the 21st century.

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The Argentinians produced another cracking goal courtesy of Maxi Rodriguez's winning volley against Mexico, but there was a dearth of scoring in the knockout stages as stage fright took hold.

Since Euro 2016, however De Gea has been first-choice between the sticks and gone onto capture twenty-seven caps for country, ahead of Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga and former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, now of Napoli.

Lopetegui's coaching career has predominantly centred on international football, having enjoyed spells in charge of Spain's Under-17s, Under-19s, Under-20s and Under-21s.

Spain have sacked Julen Lopetegui as their head coach just one day before the World Cup starts.

Several members of that committee were later banned from the game after they were caught up in the corruption scandal that engulfed world football's governing body in 2015. But, above everything, is acting in the right way.

The centre-half has instead told Real Madrid to sign Atletico Madrid keeper, Jan Oblak, this summer.

"We have to decided to fire the national coach". At the very highest level, however, he is still somewhat untried. Lopetegui favors his adversary, though.

While the appointment was widely lauded as a smart one by pundits and fans alike, there were question marks over the timing and how it might interrupt Spain's World Cup preparations.

"Madrid announce that the Spanish national manager will be their new coach for three years once the World Cup is over".

Lopetegui, 51, succeeds Zinedine Zidane who stepped down after leading the LaLiga giants to three straight UEFA Champions League titles.

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