Register Login Live

World Cup 2018

Sacked Spain Boss Reacts To Shock Dismissal

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) surprised many when they fired Julen Lopetegui just one day before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Here is how the manager reacted to the decision.

Official: Spain Sack Manager Day Before World Cup

Earlier this week, Real Madrid announced that Lopetegui would be taking over as their new manager ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, following Zinedine Zidane's exit from the Santiago Bernabeu.

It was then reported that RFEF president Luis Rubiales was angered as he was not informed of Real and Lopetegui's agreement, before the president revealed on Wednesday that he only found out about it five minutes before Los Blancos announced the 51-year-old as their new boss.

Lopetegui, who had a contract with Spain until 2020 prior to his sacking, has wished La Furia Roja good luck ahead of the tournament, but admitted he is hurt by Rubiales' decision to fire him.

"I am very said, but wishing that we have a magnificent World Cup and that we win," he told Cadena SER.

"We have a magnificent team and I hope that we win the World Cup."

Messi Names Eight Stars To Watch At The World Cup, Snubs Ronaldo

Lopetegui was unbeaten in his 20 games in charge of Spain, and now has the difficult task of following Zidane, who won three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles, at Real.

Do you think the RFEF made the right decision to sack Lopetegui? Let us know in the comments section below. 

The Highest-Paid Liverpool Stars After Fabinho Deal

Chiefs Still Keen On Sundowns Winger Amidst SSU Interest

Iniesta Warns Spain About Ronaldo

22 comments

Top 5

Real Madrid Transfer Talk: Seven Out, Eight In?

2 May 06, 2021 12:29 PM in LaLiga

Injury Latest: Sirino, Zwane & Two Others

7 May 06, 2021 08:25 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

12 Players Mourinho Wants To Sign

2 May 07, 2021 12:21 PM in Serie A

SAFA Provide Important Update On Ntseki

22 May 06, 2021 09:56 AM in Bafana

12 Players Mourinho Wants To Sign

2 May 07, 2021 12:21 PM in Serie A

Confirmed: SAFA Finally Announce Bafana Coach

208 May 05, 2021 01:05 PM in Bafana

Insider Gives Insight Into Chiefs’ Transfer Approach

128 May 05, 2021 08:54 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Check Out CR7’s Multi Million Rand Luxurious Private Jet Flex

15 May 07, 2021 10:44 AM in Show Me The Money

Big Wheels - Check Out Sirino’s Pimped Out R500k SUV

May 05, 2021 09:18 AM in Show Me The Money

Downs’ Mkhulise Responds To French Club Reports

12 May 06, 2021 10:56 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

18 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Another Exit At Cape Town City

May 06, 2021 01:33 PM in PSL

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Ex-Chiefs Striker Calls For Patience With Hunt

66 May 06, 2021 12:59 PM in Kaizer Chiefs