Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has been announced as the Spanish national football team’s new coach. The Royal Spanish Football Federation, who made the announcement on Monday, said that Enrique has been appointed as the men’s team coach on a two-year-deal. His first match in charge would be a friendly against England in September. Earlier on Monday,the federation had announced Jose Francisco Molina as the new sporting director of the 2010 world champions.
Enrique was last in charge of current La Liga champions Barcelona, whom he led to two Spanish league titles, three Copa Del Rey and one Champions League. He left the role at the end of the 2016/17 season. He also coached Celta Vigo and Barca’s reserve team and has spent the past year on sabbatical since leaving the Nou Camp in May 2017. As a player, Enrique has had more than 50 caps with Spain. He is one of the few players who have played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Spain were knocked out of the ongoing 2018 World Cup in the Round of 16 by hosts Russia. Fernando Hierro, who was in charge of the side after Julen Lopetegui was sacked just two days before the start of the tournament, stepped down from his position left his role as sporting director.
Julen Lopetegui led Spain to World Cup qualification and the team entered the tournament as one of the favourites. Just a few days before the start of the tournament though, he was announced as the new manager of Real Madrid and this led to the Spanish Federation sacking him from the helm of the Spanish national team.