Former Barcelona Coach Luis Enrique Appointed New Spanish Football Coach

| July 9 , 2018 , 19:20 IST

Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has been named as the new coach of Spain's national team. Enrique replaced former coach Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked just before the Russia World Cup.

Talking to media, President of the Spanish football federation, Luis Rubiales said, "Luis Enrique's appointment as coach for the next two years was approved unanimously".

A number of names were speculated and considered for the post, including Belgium boss Roberto Martinez and former Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flore. But it was ex-Barcelona coach Enrique who has now been appointed.

Former Barcelona boss took newly assigned job after Fernando Hierro resigned from the temporary role of sporting director, which he took for the World Cup 2018 in Russia.

As far as Spain's journey in World Cup 2018 is concerned, the 2010 champions were knocked out of the tournament by hosts Russia in the second round, losing 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

A former midfielder for Sporting Gijon, Real Madrid and Barcelona, Luis Enrique won two Liga titles, one Champions League and three King's Cups as Barcelona's coach for a time period of 3 years between 2014 and 2017.

Luis Enrique's first game in charge will be a UEFA Nations League game away to England at Wembley Stadium on September 8.