Real Madrid won't have to pay Lopetegui's release clause

Spain face Portugal in early World Cup treat

Spain face Portugal in early World Cup treat

Rubiales was furious with Lopetegui for talking to Real Madrid before the World Cup and then by the announcement from the reigning European champions that they had appointed the former Porto boss as their new coach.

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Rubiales continued; "I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger".

"We have to made a decision to fire the national coach [Lopetegui]".

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Spanish football federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales was reportedly left seething at the news, prompting him to fire the 51-year-old.

Rubiales added: "We wish him the best of luck."Suggestions first emerged early on Wednesday that Rubiales was not happy with the situation and would remove Lopetegui just two days before Spain's Group B opener". There is a lot to do.

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Spain's football team has been plunged into chaos just over 24 hours out from the start of the FIFA World Cup, with the Spanish football federation firing manager Julen Lopetegui.

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His plane from Russian Federation is scheduled to land in Spain around 1am BST Thursday morning.

Spain defender Gerard Pique cited an odd precedent for Spain's World Cup hopes in the wake of firing their coach on the eve of the tournament - University of MI basketball.

He further slammed Real Madrid for not speaking to Lopetegui without their consultation. Zidane announced his surprising resignation two weeks ago.

Hierro has been working as Spain's sporting director since last November.

"It's a nice challenge".

"They're great professionals who are mature and responsible".

Spain's opening World Cup game comes on Friday when they take on Iberian neighbours Portugal in Sochi.

"He followed it up by saying: "[It's] a hard situation in these moments for our squad but now more than ever is when we have to support them without stopping.

"I have been at all the other training sessions and have been present day to day".

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