Spain name Fernando Hierro as coach for the World Cup

In this file photo taken on June 29, 2013 Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas is greeted by former Spanish captain Fernando Hierro as midfielder Jesus Navas (R) smiles. Hierro will coach the Spanish football team during Russia 2018 World Cup. Photo: LLUIS GENE / AFP

KRASNODAR, Russia - Spain on Wednesday named federation sporting director Fernando Hierro as its World Cup coach to replace Julen Lopetegui, who was sensationally sacked after his appointment as Real Madrid manager.

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"Fernando Hierro will assume coaching responsibilities at the World Cup in Russia," the Spanish football federation announced.

The 50-year-old Hierro's only real coaching experience came when he was in charge of second division Spanish outfit Oviedo for one season.



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