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Sport Lopetegui sacking won't hurt Spain at World Cup - Kroos

18:06  14 june  2018
18:06  14 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

World Cup: Fernando Hierro to take charge of Spain after shock Julen Lopetegui sacking

  World Cup: Fernando Hierro to take charge of Spain after shock Julen Lopetegui sacking Fernando Hierro will take charge of Spain for the duration of the World Cup following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has confirmed. The 50-year-old former national team captain was appointed within hours of the announcement of Lopetegui's departure.The RFEF did not specify whether Hierro may continue in the role beyond the finals in Russia.

KRASNODAR: Spain sacked coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before the team’s opening game against Portugal at the World Cup , Spanish football federation chief Luis Rubiales confirmed on Wednesday.

Julen Lopetegui has sensationally been sacked as head coach of Spain , just two days before their opening match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup .

Kroos thinks Spain will still be a threat despite sacking coach Lopetegui© Provided by AFP Kroos thinks Spain will still be a threat despite sacking coach Lopetegui

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos said Thursday that he doesn't think the sacking of Julen Lopetegui as coach on the eve of the World Cup will significantly harm Spain's chances in Russia.

Lopetegui was spectacularly axed on Wednesday after it emerged he had agreed to take charge of Real Madrid after the World Cup.

"I don't think it will be a huge disadvantage," Real star Kroos commented at Germany's team base.

"Of course, there are more ideal cases, but I believe the systems already in place will come together."

Kroos, 28, who has won the Champions League title three times with Real, says he has not had contact with his club, but gave his backing to Lopetegui's replacement Fernando Hierro.

BREAKING: Spain just made the completely normal decision to sack their manager a day before the World Cup

  BREAKING: Spain just made the completely normal decision to sack their manager a day before the World Cup <p>Rubiales claimed Lopetegui’s negotiation with Madrid occurred without any knowledge of the RFEF.</p>Lopetegui was recently announced as Zinedine Zidane’s successor as Real Madrid coach, a decision that compelled the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to show him the door.

Spain have promoted Under 21 boss Albert Celades and named him as Julen Lopetegui ’s replacement. Lopetegui was sacked on Wednesday just 24 hours after it was announced he would take over at Real Madrid following the World Cup in Russia.

Spain dramatically sacked coach Julen Lopetegui on Wednesday - just two days before the team's opening game against Portugal at the World Cup . In a surprise announcement on Tuesday

The 50-year-old has been thrust into the job for Spain's opening World Cup match against Portugal in Sochi on Friday.

He has limited coaching experience and only returned to the role as sporting director at the national federation last November.

Spain's Costa first player to be awarded World Cup goal through VAR

  Spain's Costa first player to be awarded World Cup goal through VAR Diego Costa's equaliser for Spain against Portugal on Friday was the first time a World Cup goal was awarded after a review from the video assistant referee (VAR). The striker's goal was allowed to stand despite a collision with defender Pepe.Costa ran into the Portuguese centre back in the build-up to his equaliser in the 24th minute to cancel out Cristiano Ronaldo's fourth-minute penalty.Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi gave the goal after consulting the VAR team.

Spain dramatically sacked coach Julen Lopetegui on Wednesday — just two days before the team’s opening game against Portugal at the World Cup . At a severely delayed press conference at Spain ’s World Cup base in Krasnodar, Spanish football federation chief Luis Rubiales said he felt

#Football #Sport #News #BreakingNews #BCNSportNews Hierro to manage Spain at the World Cup after Lopetegui is sacked Spain have appointed Fernando Hierro as

"I got to know Hierro in Madrid, he is a good bloke and a good trainer," added Kroos.

Germany kick off their World Cup title defence on Sunday when they face Mexico in Moscow, while Spain face European champions Portugal on Friday.

"It completely surprised me, I don't know the background of the decision, but two days before the first World Cup game -- it's amazing," admitted Germany coach Joachim Loew on Wednesday as the news first broke.

"Fernando Hierro has some experience as coach, I can't judge his abilities, but the Spanish are a team who know each other very well.

"I don't think the Spanish will lose any of their playing strength and class."

Mexico's 'Grand Warlock' casts World Cup spell to help team .
With the help of two priestesses and a rain stick shaped like an ancient Mesoamerican god, Mexico's "Grand Warlock" cast a spell Wednesday to help the nation at the World Cup. Antonio Vazquez -- better known as "El Brujo Mayor," a soothsayer famed for his annual predictions on politics and the news -- invoked the plumed serpent god Quetzalcoatl, worshipped by the Aztecs and other pre-Columbian peoples, to get the Mexican national team to at least the quarter-finals in Russia."Give me all your force and power to break through heaven's doors, let Mexico reach the fifth match.

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