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.
Lopetegui is out after only 139 days as coach of Real Madrid, having replaced Zinedine Zidane when he quit. The European champions have lost five of their last seven games in all competitions.
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.
Six months after a strong performance from Iran's national team at the World Cup, expectations for 'Team Melli' are high. At the upcoming Asian Cup, fans are hoping for a first title in 42 years.
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