General BREAKING: Hierro leaves Spain coaching role 5 hours ago

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GETTY Rafa Benitez Julen Lopetegui left Spain for Real Madrid right before the World Cup started

Hierro - who is not returning to his role as sporting director - was placed in temporary charge of the team after Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup.

The 2010 champions were eliminated from the World Cup by hosts Russian Federation in the round of 16 of the competition after losing 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

Cape Town - The Spanish federation has announced former Barcelona mentor Luis Enrique as the men's national team's new head coach on a two-year deal.

Spain's then sporting director Fernando Hierro stepped in hastily to replace him and led the team to the last 16, before stepping down after the tournament.

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But if you think really hard you might remember that on the eve of the tournament Spain made a decision to sack Julen Lopetegui.

His appointment was announced this afternoon at a press conference by president of the Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales.

Luis Enrique Martinez has been officially appointed the new coach of the Spanish national team.

Of the starting XI against Russian Federation, only Marco Asensio will be under 30 when the next World Cup comes around.

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A former Spain worldwide, Luis Enrique represented both Real Madrid and Barcelona during his playing career.

He previously coached Celta Vigo and Barca's reserves, as well as Serie A side Roma.

Given that he spent five years with Real Madrid as a player, Luis Enrique doesn't hold much affinity with Los Blancos and their fans.

The 48 year old's contract would be for two years, taking them up to the Euros in 2020 that is due to be played at multiple venues around Europe.

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