Lopetegui: Spain fir­ing ‘sad­dest day’ since mother’s death

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MADRID » Julen Lopetegui says be­ing fired as Spain coach two days be­fore its open­ing match at the World Cup was “pos­si­bly since the death of my mother the sad­dest day of my life.”

Lopetegui made the re­marks at his pre­sen­ta­tion as Real Madrid coach on Thurs­day.

Lopetegui was fired by Span­ish foot­ball fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Luis Ru­biales on Wed­nes­day a day af­ter Madrid made the un­ex­pected an­nounce­ment that Lopetegui had agreed to leave the na­tional team for Euro­pean cham­pion Madrid af­ter the World Cup in Rus­sia.

Ru­biales said Madrid and Lopetegui kept him in the dark un­til five min­utes be­fore the club made the deal pub­lic.

Lopetegui says he will watch Spain’s opener against Por­tu­gal on Fri­day and “cheer just like any other Spa­niard.”

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