Fifa World Cup 2018: Spain coach Lopetegui fired after Real Madrid move

Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui was fired on Wednesday, two days before their first match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup after Real Madrid announced that he will take charge of the record European club football champions next season.

Julen Lopetegui, whose signing for Real Madrid was announced on the club's website on Tuesday, had been at the helm of the Spanish national squad since 2016, and remained unbeaten in 20 games.

Reflecting on his appointment, former Spainish coach Del Bosque was delighted to see Madrid turning to another Spanish manager, before backing his countryman to do good job for Spain as well as at the Bernabeu.

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