Madrid, The Spanish FA have hired Luis Enrique
to be the new coach of the national team.
Luis Rubiales, the federation’s president, sacked Julen
Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup after the Basque had agreed to
join Real Madrid and he appointed Fernando Hierro for the ill-fated
campaign in Russia.
Now, Rubiales has hired a permanent replacement and the
former Barcelona coach is his choice.
Quique Sanchez Flores and Michel were also candidates to take
the job, but Rubiales believed Luis Enrique who played for La Roja on
62 occasions during his own career would be the best choice and, as
such, the Asturian becomes the 54th national team boss.
Hierro, meanwhile, walked away from the federation in order to
take on new challenges, leaving his role as temporary coach and as
For Luis Enrique, this is his first position since he left Barcelona
in the summer of 2017, after spending three years in the Camp Nou
dugout, where he won three Copa del Reys, two LaLiga titles, one
Champions League, one Supercopa de Espana, one UEFA Super Cup
and one FIFA Club World Cup.
Before Barcelona, he had coached Barcelona B, Celta Vigo and
The challenge for the new boss is to take Spain back to the top
of the international game, as they have fallen in the group stages of
the 2014 World Cup and at the last 16 stage at Euro 2016 and at this
year’s tournament, the Spanish MARCA newspaper reported.
Source: Oman News Agency