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Spain fires Luis Enrique after World Cup failure

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Spain fired coach Luis Enrique on Thursday after the 2010 champions were knocked out of the World Cup by Morocco in the round of 16 earlier this week.

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“Both the president, Luis Rubiales, and the sports director, José Francisco Molina, have communicated their decision to the coach,” the Spanish Football Federation said in a statement.

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The federation said it wanted to thank Luis Enrique and his staff for his work, but decided to start a “new project.

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“The RFEF sports management has delivered a report to the president, in which it is determined that a new project should be started for the team, with the aim of continuing the growth achieved in recent years thanks to Luis Enrique and his teammates.

”, added the RFEF.

Spain defeated Costa Rica 7-0 in their first match in Qatar, but suffered a surprise loss to Japan that resulted in a second-place finish in Group E.

Spain were heavy favorites to beat Morocco in the first knockout round, but lost 3 -0 on penalties after the game ended 0-0 after extra time.

“We dominated the game but we lacked a goal,” lamented Luis Enrique after the game.

“We could have been more effective in the last third, but I am more than satisfied with what my players did.

“They perfectly represented my idea of ​​football.

Spain last lifted a major trophy a decade ago at Euro 2012, while they have not won a single World Cup knockout game since triumphing in South Africa in 2010.

Luis Enrique took over in 2018 after disappointing performance of Spain in the World Cup in Russia and led La Roja to the semifinals of Euro 2020, where they were also defeated on penalties by Italy.

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