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Julen Lopetegui behaved poorly; the Spanish FA was right to fire him

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti delves into Julen Lopetegui's sacking as Spain manager just two days out from their World Cup opener against Portugal. Fernando Hierro revealed he couldn't let his country down after he was appointed Spain manager following Julen Lopetegui's sacking. ESPN FC's Stewart Robson assesses the fallout of Julen Lopetegui's sacking and believes new Spain boss Fernando Hierro has quite the challenge ahead. ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Alexis Nunes put their prognostication skills to the test for the first four matches of the World Cup. Spain FA President Luis Rubiales says the sacking of Julen Lopetegui was in the best interests of the Spanish Football Federation. It is easy to be cynical in the modern game. So much so that, when someone makes a stand on principle -- even if you disagree with it -- you stand up and take notice. Perhaps you had not heard of Luis Rubiales before Wednesday. He is the head of the Spanish Football Association and, on Tuesday evening, he received a call from his national team coach, Julen Lopetegui. Rubiales listened as Lopetegui told him that, in a few minutes, Real Madrid would announce that he was to be their next manager, replacing......

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Published By: ESPN FC - Wednesday, 13 June







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