Julen Lopetegui was sacked as Spain coach on Wednesday – two days before their World Cup opener against Portugal.

The 2010 world champions sacked Lopetegui on Wednesday afternoon, literally on the eve of the World Cup and two days before their match against Portugal in Sochi. Real Madrid announced on Tuesday that Lopetegui, who just last month renewed his national team contract until 2020, would assume the manager’s post left vacant by Zinedine Zidane. The Football Federation was reportedly left furious and decided to end his term before he intended to at the end of the tournament.

Fernando Hierro has been appointed as Spain’s head coach for the World Cup.

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