Spain coach Luis Enrique is stepping down after Morocco’s shock World Cup exit

Luis Enrique left his position as Spain nationwide group supervisor after the nation crashed out of the World Cup by shedding on penalties to Morocco.

The previous Actual Madrid and Barcelona participant had been in cost since 2018. He will likely be succeeded by Spain’s Beneath-21 group, Luis de la Fuente.

Spain’s shock exit in Qatar adopted a goalless draw within the spherical of 16 that noticed Enrique’s younger facet battle to interrupt down a cussed Moroccan defence, earlier than a disastrous shootout during which they failed to attain , shedding 3-0.

But the group had began the match in fashion, beating Costa Rica 7-0 earlier than drawing with Germany after which shedding to Japan, qualifying for the knockout stage on purpose distinction.

The Spanish Soccer Federation (RFEF) mentioned in a press release who “want to thank Luis Enrique and all his teaching workers for the work they’ve completed answerable for the senior nationwide group lately”.

“The sports activities path of the RFEF has despatched a report back to the president during which it’s decided {that a} new venture must be launched for the Spanish nationwide soccer group, with the purpose of constant the expansion achieved lately due to the work completed by Luis Enrique and the his collaborators,” he added.

The federation harassed that below Enrique, Spain had reached the ultimate 4 of the UEFA Nations League twice out of three makes an attempt – final yr they misplaced within the last to France – and the semi-finals of Euro 2020, after they misplaced to eventual Italy wins on penalties.

Imposing “his personal stamp and thru an outlined fashion”, the federation mentioned the coach had “positioned his religion in younger abilities and gave hope for the way forward for the Spanish nationwide group”.

Luis Enrique took cost of the nationwide group after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, renewing the squad after the facet’s elimination within the spherical of 16.

He was quickly gone as a consequence of sickness and the eventual demise of his younger daughter, however returned in 2019.