KRASNODAR, Russia — The Spanish soccer federation has fired coach Julen Lopetegui two days before the country’s opening World Cup match against Portugal.
Lopetegui was let go a day after Real Madrid announced him as its new coach following the World Cup.
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Federation president Luis Rubiales says it wasn’t the best solution for the national team but the action was needed after it was caught by surprise by Real Madrid’s announcement.
A replacement was not immediately announced.