Julen Lopetegui Hits Back At Spanish FA's Decision To Sack Him

De Gea demands public apology from Spanish PM

Perez defended Real's push to secure Lopetegui before the World Cup and said the Spanish Football Federation did not need to sack him on Wednesday.

Perez said Rubiales' reaction was "one of pride" and he "disrespected" Real.

Fernando Hierro, a former Spain player who had been acting as the team's sports director in Russian Federation, will lead the country in his first major coaching job. While his own personal footballing philosophy may be different from Lopetegui's, which is a function of the managers he's worked with over the years both as a player and as a sporting director, you tend to believe him when he says that things "won't change much" for Spain. Lopetegui was unbeaten in his 20 matches in charge of the national team.

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"But I also understand the position of the federation".

"You can't turn back time but we're convinced that what we've done is honest and clear".




Lopetegui insisted he acted in a "professional and honest" manner in accepting the Real job on Tuesday, only to be dismissed the following day.

"There are many precedents [of a national coach moving to a club after a tournament]".

"We reached an agreement very quickly, in a few hours, and wanted to make a show of transparency, to avoid all rumours and speculation during the tournament. I hope that we can have a team with the same dreams, this can't distract us".

The Spanish were sensationally dumped out of the 2014 World Cup at the group stage having started as world champions, so they will have a point to prove in Russian Federation. I wanted to give a press conference that day but could not.

Iberian rivals Portugal and Spain square off on Friday at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the second match of Group B. The neighbors, with plenty of familiar players and similar styles, go to battle in what is arguably the most highly-anticipated groups stage match of the cup.

"Yesterday was the saddest day of my life, since the death of my mother, but this is the happiest day", he said. In two years I have had four presidents in the federation. "I came here aged 18 to play for Castilla, had the good fortune to experience what madridismo is, the values, the loyalty". "He is clearly the best in the world at Real Madrid".

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