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Ex-Barca boss Luis Enrique appointed as Spain coach

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Former manager at Barcelona, Luis Enrique has been appointed as Spain manager on a two-year contract.

The Spanish football federation announced the appointment on Monday; and also named Jose Francisco Molina as their sporting director.

48-year-old Enrique, who has been out of management since leaving the Nou Camp last June, replaces Fernando Hierro, who stepped down as interim boss after leading the national team to the round-of-16 stage of the ongoing FIFA World Cup.

Hierro was placed in temporary charge of the team after Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the tournament.

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Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales said: “The decision was unanimous. I like his commitment and he has turned down better-paid jobs in order to coach Spain.

“He’s a coach who has all the requirements the federation was looking for.”

Spain were knocked out of the World Cup by hosts Russia on penalties.

Enrique, who had had spells in Celta Vigo and Roma, won the La Liga, Spanish Cup and Champions League treble as Barca manager in 2015 – where he served between 2014 and 2017.

His first game in charge of Spain national team will be a Uefa Nations League game away to England at Wembley on 8 September.

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