(Soccer World Cup) Lopetegui sacked as Spain coach on eve

Sports | 13 Jun 2018 7:22 pm

The Spanish soccer federation has fired coach Julen Lopetegui two days before Spain’s World Cup opener against Portugal.

Lopetegui was let go a day after Real Madrid announced him as its new manager beginning after the World Cup.

Federation president Luis Rubiales says it wasn’t the best solution for the national team but the action was needed after Madrid’s surprise announcement Tuesday.

A replacement was not immediately announced. -AP

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