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Spain sack boss Lopetegui on eve of World Cup

Julen Lopetegui has been sacked by Spain one day after Real Madrid confirmed he will succeed Zinedine Zidane. Credit: PA

Spain have sacked coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup after he agreed to take the Real Madrid job.

Real Madrid announced on Tuesday that Lopetegui will become their new manager after the tournament, following Zinedine Zidane's decision to step down.

Initial confirmation from the Spanish FA said the 51-year-old would depart following the World Cup, but on Wednesday federation president Luis Rubiales confirmed that Lopetegui has been removed from his post just two days before Spain's Group B opener against Portugal.

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