The world of football has been shocked by the announcement of Julen Lopetegui being sack just 1 day before the World Cup commences.
Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)
The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) President Rubiales has officially announced the sacking of the head coach Julen Lopetegui. This comes in less than 24 hours after the Spaniard was announced as the head coach of Real Madrid CF and 24 hours before the commencement of FIFA World Cup 2018.
The coach has been said to making a secret deal with the Spanish club which supposed to be announced after the World Cup. Though 6 Real Madrid players in the Spanish national team were aware of the decision, but another member from the squad started to notice the difference and Real Madrid were forced to make the announcement in a rush before the dispute affects the national dressing room. The reports also say that Real Madrid and Spanish NT captain Sergio Ramos played a significant role in the signing of Lopetegui as he was the one who convinced the coach to join the capital side.
The meeting was held today before the press conference to announce the decision of the sacking. Some of the sources claim that there was a dispute between the president of RFEF and Sergio Ramos. The defender reportedly talked bravely in the favor of Lopetegui.
“This is not a club, we came to win the World Cup, it hurts you, right, but swallow your pride and let us play.”
Here is what the ex Levante man and RFEF President, Rubiales had to say in the press conference after sacking Julen Lopetegui.
“What has happened with Lopetegui has forced us to make this decision (of sacking him). He has done great things but now we wish him luck for the future.”
“Negotiations with Real Madrid were done without the Federation’s knowledge. I don’t feel betrayed by Lopetegui, he’s done great here but this is how it must go.”
“We cannot stay on the sidelines of a negotiation with an RFEF employee and find out five minutes before [the official announcement].”
“The federation’s values are set by the Federation. I wish the best for Julen.”
“If someone wanted to negotiate with Lopetegui, he had to talk to the federation before.”
The videos have been made viral where Lopetegui had reportedly been in a heated debate with sporting director of Spanish Football, Fernando Hierro. The debate was said to be regarding the decision of joining Real Madrid in the time of World Cup. Hierro himself is a Real Madrid legend who now serves the national team.
Lopetgeui joined the La Rojas in 2016 and has managed a good record. He was on the longest active undefeated streak in the world with 20 matches in 2 years. His sacking just 24 hours before the World Cup will hurt Spain and affect the role of key players under him, such as Isco and Asensio.
The official confirmation has been made that Fernando Hierro, will be taking over for the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Spain now will be in the FIFA World Cup and will play their opening match against Portugal on 15th June 2018 at 7:00 PM CET.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia will be commenced on 14th June 2018 at 4:00 PM CET.
The first game between home team Russia and Saudi Arabia will be played in Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow at 5:00 PM CET.