The announcement comes just two days before Spain’s opening match.
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Spain dramatically sacked coach Julen Lopetegui Wednesday and appointed federation sporting director Fernando Hierro – just two days before the team's opening game at the World Cup.Spain later named former Madrid captain Hierro as the coach for the tournament in Russia.For the first time since 2006, there are more players from Madrid in a Spanish squad for a major tournament, with a six-strong Real contingent and just Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets from Barca, along with legend Andres Iniesta, who ended his 16-year career at the Camp Nou last month.Spain and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos appealed for unity between the fans and players.Lopetegui's coaching career had been far from distinguished before being handed the role as Spain coach after a last-16 exit at Euro 2016 brought Vicente del Bosque's eight-year reign to an end.
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