Two days before his debut in Russia 2018, Spain's national team lives one of its bitterest moments. After Real Madrid's announcement of Julen Lopetegui as the new merengue coach as soon as the World Cup ends, the RFEF has decided to cease him from his position from now on. The radical measure comes after poor management in the negotiations by Lopetegui and his new club.
The news of the departure of Julen Lopetegui from the Spanish national team has fallen like a bucket of cold water. But perhaps, the most surprised of all of them is Fernando Hierro, technical assistant of Lopetegui, who did not know anything about the decision of his former collaborator until a couple of days ago. For this reason, a video has been leaked, showing both characters discussing after the controversial choice made by the new coach of Real Madrid.
As soon as Lopetegui left, the B plan of Spain's national team was launched. Fernando Hierro, second in charge, became the new coach from that moment on. His presentation conference had tension points, although the Madrid legend said he is ready for the challenge, even wanting to equate Zinedine Zidane's achievements in the merengue squad.
Just when Real Madrid is in the middle of a crisis with the RFEF for the hiring of Julen Lopetegui, Zinedine Zidane enjoys his life. The legendary midfielder played in a tribute match to the France that won the World Cup in 1998, and the former merengue coach took the opportunity to show his giant football qualities with a goal worthy of his best times.
Shortly before the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gundogan visited Turkey, their country of origin, to meet and take some photos with President Recep Erdogan. The gesture was not well seen in Germany, where even the former national team member Stefan Effeberg asked the federation to expel both players due to their faults to the nationalism of the Euro-Western country.