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Spain sack head coach Julen Lopetegui day before the World Cup

Spain have sacked head coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup and just days after he was named as the new boss at Real Madrid.

The 51-year-old was appointed at the Bernabeu earlier this week following the shock resignation of Zinedine Zidane – a move which reportedly left Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales feeling “betrayed”.

Lopetegui – who previously managed Porto – led his country to 28 points from a possible 30 as they cruised to top spot in their World Cup qualifying group.

Spain begin their campaign to regain the trophy from holders Germany on Friday evening, when they take on Portugal, with Russia and Saudi Arabia set to open the tournament on Thursday afternoon.

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