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FORMER BARCELONA BOSS NAMED AS NEW COACH FOR SPANISH NATIONAL TEAM

Former Barcelona Coach, Luis Enrique Martinez has been named as the new coach of the Spanish National Team, La Roja Furia.

Enrique has been unemployed after leaving Barcelona at the end of 2016/17. He had previously had stint with AS Roma in Italy before returning to Spain to take over the Catalan Club.

The former Barcelona captain won treble with the Catalan giants in 2015.

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The Spanish National Team were bundled out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup by Russia at the Round of 16. They topped Group B after drawing with Portugal and Morocco and then beating Iran in the group games.

Best Choice among several names

The board of the Spanish Football Federation unanimously approved his contract until the end of Euro 2020, and the new coach will come with his own backroom staff. Luis Enrique will take charge of his first game on 31 August against England at Wembley, followed by the clash with Croatia on 11 September – Spain’s first two games in the debut edition of the UEFA Nations’ League.

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Luis Enrique, who played 62 times during his time as a player for La Roja Furia, was not the only name that was considered for the job the last days. Quique Sánchez Flores, Míchel, Roberto Martínez (option discarded when having a contract with Belgium) or Víctor Sánchez del Amo have also been candidates to become coach, although Rubiales has finally opted for the former Barcelona coach, who will be coach number 54 who runs to Spain. Francisco Bru was the first coach in 1920 when the team was founded to play the Olympic Games in Antwerp and Fernando Hierro was the last.

Caretaker Coach Fernando Hierro left the position vacant after their elimination. Meanwhile, Julian Lepetogui was sacked just a day before the start of the World Cup. Julian was named as the new coach to take over Real Madrid after Zidane’s departure.

Task Ahead

Luis Enrique arrives at La Roja with the aim of returning it to the highest, to that place that Spain occupied in the glorious era when he won two Euro Cups and one World Cup consecutively. The performance of the selection has not been up to date in recent times. Eliminated in the World Cup in Brazil in 2010 in the first phase, fell in the second round of the European Championship in France in 2016 against Italy , the same as in the World Cup in Russia, where it has been left before the host also in the second round.

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