MX23RW : Sunday, December 16 16:13:20
Jun 15, 2018 at 7pm UK at ​Fisht Olympic Stadium
Attendance: 43,866
Portugal
3-3
Spain
Ronaldo (4' pen., 44', 88')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Costa (24', 55'), Nacho (58')

Spain to sack Julen Lopetegui one day before World Cup?

Spain to sack Julen Lopetegui?
© Reuters
Spain are reportedly considering sacking manager Julen Lopetegui just a day before the World Cup after the announcement that he will take over at Real Madrid.

Spain are reportedly considering sacking manager Julen Lopetegui just one day before the start of this summer's World Cup in Russia.

Lopetegui was yesterday confirmed as the new Real Madrid manager and will replace Zinedine Zidane at the helm of the 13-time European champions after the end of Spain's World Cup campaign.

However, the Spanish FA and its new president Luis Rubiales are understood to be furious with the way Lopetegui has handled the situation, prompting him to fly back from the FIFA congress in Moscow to Krasnodar, where the Spain team are based.

The Independent reports that they are considering a change of manager, with a press conference later today expected to clarify Lopetegui's position.

The 53-year-old is unbeaten in charge of Spain since taking over following their Euro 2016 exit, and La Roja are regarded as one of the favourites to lift the World Cup trophy in Russia this summer.

However, Rubiales reportedly feels betrayed after only finding out about Lopetegui's Madrid agreement five minutes before it was announced by Los Blancos.

Spain sporting director Fernando Hierro and Under-21 coach Albert Celades are regarded as the main candidates to take over should Lopetegui be sacked, although Rubiales may feel that it is too late to make a change considering Spain get their campaign underway against Iberian rivals Portugal in Sochi on Friday.


Click here for more stories about Julen Lopetegui

Click here for more stories about Real Madrid

Share this article now:
Spain manager Julen Lopetegui on March 23, 2018
Read Next:
Real Madrid name Lopetegui as new boss
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Premier League
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Bundesliga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
Belgian Pro League
Segunda Division
2.Bundesliga
Serie B
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Turkish Super Lig
Australian A-League
Indian I-League
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1594241192231
2Sevilla1694329161331
3Atletico MadridAtletico1687124121231
4Real Madrid168352319427
5Getafe166641712524
6AlavesAlaves157351817124
7Real Betis166551718-123
8Levante156452725222
9Espanyol166461821-322
10Celta Vigo165652824421
11GironaGirona165651719-221
12Real Valladolid165561518-320
13EibarEibar165562024-420
14Valencia1631031313019
15Real Sociedad165471819-119
16Leganes164661519-418
17Villarreal153571519-414
18Athletic Bilbao152851523-814
19Rayo Vallecano162591530-1511
20Huesca1514101230-187

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account