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Spain Sack Real Madrid-Bound Coach Lopetegui on Eve of World Cup

National soccer coach Julen Lopetegui has been dismissed the day before the World Cup, Spanish soccer federation’s Luis Rubiales says at press conference. 
The federation learned of Lopetegui’s appointment as Real Madrid coach five minutes before it was announced on Tuesday, Rubiales says. Lopetegui is due to join the Champions League winners after the international tournament following the resignation of Zinedine Zidane in May.  “You cannot do these things 2-3 days before a World Cup,” Rubiales adds. “We had to take this decision.” 
2010 World Cup champions Spain are third favourites to win this year’s competition, according to bookmaker SkyBet.  “We’ve found ourselves in a very complicated situation, but the new technical team will do everything they can to take the team as far as possible,” Rubiales said