After a turbulent start to their World Cup following a disappointing exit against Russia in Round of 16, there is finally some good news for the Spanish National team. Former Barcelona Manager, Luis Enrique has been appointed as the La Roja Boss on a two-Year Contract.
— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) July 9, 2018
Enrique has an impressive record Managing Barcelona and won 9 major titles during his 3-year stint at the Camp Nou. His trophy collection includes La Liga (2014-15, 15-16), Copa del Rey (2014-15, 15-16, 16-17), Spanish Super Cup (2016), UEFA Champions League (2014-15), UEFA Super Cup (2015), FIFA Club World Cup (2015). An impressive collection considering Spain haven’t won their last major trophy in the 2012 Euros and crashed out of the World Cup in the Group Stage (2014) and the Round of 16 (2018).
Luis Enrique did not do too badly in his last job:
First game as Spain manager: England. 😏 pic.twitter.com/YpHEZKs2Ac
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 9, 2018
Spain’s Football Federation President Luis Rubiales revealed that the decision to hire Enrique was unanimous and he further added, “We need a successful coach, whose modern and who knows the game style but can make small adjustments. We can’t swipe everything clean, with regards to all the work carried out.”
Enrique’s predecessor, Julen Lopetegui was unbeaten in 20 games but was still given the sack. Lopetegui had agreed on terms with Real Madrid and was going to take charge after the 2018 World Cup. Spain value commitment and are happy with their new recruit as Rubiales revealed: “We liked his commitment and he has turned down better-paid jobs to coach the Spanish national team.”
Enrique’s faces England on the 8th of September in Wembley a difficult debut as Spain Manager considering the “Three Lions” are in top-form and are still in contention to take the World Cup home. Enrique will be looking to hit the ground running with Spain and try to emulate what Legendary Manager Vincente del Bosque achieved with the National side in the Euros (2008, 2012) and the famous 2010 World Cup win. Enrique has a mammoth task of restoring Spain’s position as Football giants, and all we can say is good luck, you’ll need it.