Gerard Pique draws inspiration from MI basketball after Spain fire coach

Gerard Pique draws inspiration from MI basketball after Spain fire coach

On Wednesday, two days before the team's debut, the Spanish federation fired coach Julen Lopetegui after he agreed to become Real Madrid's head coach.

Spanish preparations were thrown into turmoil as Lopetegui lost his job following today's announcement he would leave to take over at Real Madrid after the finals in Russian Federation.

Luis Rubiales, president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), confirmed the news at a delayed news conference in Krasnodar on Wednesday.

"The Spanish team is the team of all Spain", Rubiales said.

We wish you the greatest of luck.

Spain had been many peoples tip to win the World Cup in Russian Federation, although the drama of today's events may well cause many to change their minds.

"Negotiating is legitimate but it took place without the RFEF being informed until five minutes before a press statement was released". We are working on it. "We all know what it means".

"We are in a very complicated situation, but the players and the new coaching staff will do everything in their power to take the team as far as possible". We have been forced to make this decision.

The former defender spent most of his career with Real Madrid but finished his playing days with English club Bolton in 2005.

Since hanging up his gloves he has taken on various roles with the Spanish youth teams, before moving to Porto in 2014.

Incredibly, Lopetegui had instructed his players to put any transfer or contract talks on hold during the World Cup despite breaking his own rule to negotiate a move to the Bernabeu.

"As players themselves with Spain, they know how they are going to play every time they go on the pitch".

Spain blitzed through qualifying, earning 28 points from a possible 30, and they're the bookies' second favourites to win the tournament in Russian Federation.

Real, who are now without a manager following Zinedine Zidane's shock departure earlier this month, are ready for a summer shake-up.

Real Madrid once again shocked the football world on Tuesday, when they announced Julen Lopetegui as Zinedine Zidane's successor.

"The players are very focused and they have told me they are fully committed and will give 100 per cent". I have no opinion about how Real Madrid act.

But was it the correct decision to sack Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament?

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