This year's World Cup kicks off soon, with teams raring to go after years of preparation. However, Spain will go into the tournament having sacked their coach just two days before their first game. It's a staggering gamble from one of the favorites.
The Spanish football association has fired the coach of its national team. The move comes just hours after Real Madrid announced that it had hired Julen Lopetegui as their next head coach.
Just two weeks after Zinedine Zidane stepped down, Julen Lopetegui has been named as his Real Madrid replacement. The current Spain coach will join the Champions League winners after the upcoming World Cup.
Croatia approach their round of 16 match against Denmark looking to step out of the shadow of 1998, when they reached the semfinals. In Sunday's other contest, the hosts aren't being given much of a chance against Spain.
France deserve their title, but didn't play spectacular football while the general level at the tournament was average, with few new developments. Only the hosts set new trends, says DW columnist Kevin Kuranyi.
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