Former Barca boss Enrique named Spain coach

Rafa Benitez-Spain

Luis Enrique is favourite to take over as Spain manager.

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

Lucho, who shone for Barcelona as a player but further still as a coach, never has hidden his Barcelonismo.

However, the 2010 world champions were knocked out on penalties by hosts Russian Federation in the last 16.

Spain went into the 2018 FIFA World Cup without a coach after Julen Lopetegui, who had not lost a game in two years, was sacked on the eve of the World Cup.

Enrique was asked two years ago about taking over from Vicente del Bosque and said, "Would I like to be coach of the national team?"

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Spain, who won back-to-back European titles (2008, 2012) and the 2010 World Cup, are hoping to open a new successful chapter under Luis Enrique after three consecutive disappointing tournaments.

Of the starting XI against Russian Federation, only Marco Asensio will be younger than 30 by the time the next World Cup comes around.

Fernando Hierro was left at the helms of affair for the Mundial but refused to continue the job and Luis Enrique has now been named as the new manager of La Roja.

He won La Liga with both Real Madrid and Barcelona before winning the league, cup and Champion League treble with the Catalan side as their manager. His first game in charge will be a friendly against England, on 8 September at Wembley.

"The last Spain coach has declined to return to his old job as sporting director of the Federation in order to look for new horizons and new professional challenges".

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