Luis Enrique named new Spain coach

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Spain have appointed Luis Enrique as their new head coach.

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The deal was confirmed on Monday, just 24 hours after Fernando Hierro left his role as the interim head coach after Julen Lopetegui was fired on the eve of the 2018 World Cup for agreeing to take over as the new Real Madrid manager without informing the Spanish Football Association until the last minute.

Despite losing to hosts Russia on penalty kicks in the Round of 16 at the World Cup, that was Spain’s first defeat in their last 24 games.

Enrique has signed a two-year deal as Spain’s head coach, with the former Barcelona manager back in a job for the first time since the summer of 2017.

His three-year stay at Barca saw him win the treble in 2014-15 as the trio of Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi ripped European soccer apart. He won back-to-back La Liga titles in his first two years in charge of Barcelona, winning 138 of his 181 games in charge of the Catalan giants.

Enrique enjoyed a glittering playing career, winning the La Liga title with both Real Madrid and Barcelona before going on to manager Roma, Celta Vigo and Barcelona.

The former Spanish international midfielder will be focused on leading Spain to glory in the 2020 European Championships.