Former Barcelona Boss Luis Enrique Named New Spain Coach

Florence Fletcher
July 10, 2018

Under the former Real Madrid and Spain defender, who had little previous coaching experience, 2010 winners Spain lost on penalties to host nation Russian Federation in the last 16.

The president of the Spanish football federation (RFEF) said on Monday "it is probable" that a new national team coach would be announced later in the day.

But if you think really hard you might remember that on the eve of the tournament Spain chose to sack Julen Lopetegui.

The Spanish federation (RFEF) has announced the former Barcelona boss will be the full-time successor to Julen Lopetegui.

Enrique, 48, will replace Lopetegui, who was sacked by Rubiales when the coach announced he had signed to take over at Real Madrid.

The former Real Madrid and Barcelona midfielder had been a target for Arsenal to replace former manager Arsene Wenger.

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Marca's front page has a photograph of Luis Enrique with a headline: "The new Luis".

Spain have appointed a new national team manager - days after Rafa Benitez was linked with the job.

Enrique has been out of management since leaving the Nou Camp last June.

Belgium gaffer Roberto Martinez was tipped to manage his country having guided the Red Devils to the World Cup semi-finals.

The 48-year-old guided Barca to nine titles in his three campaigns in charge of the first team, including a treble-winning in his first season at the helm.He previously coached Roma, Celta Vigo and Barca's reserves.

A statement said the former Real Madrid player had "declined" to return to his previous role and has opted to "undertake new professional challenges".

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