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Luis Enrique steps down as Spain manager

Luis Enrique steps down as Spain manager following disappointing FIFA World Cup elimination vs. Morocco

December 8, 2022 By Ali M.
The Asturian coach and the 2010 FIFA World Cup champions have parted ways following La Furia Roja's disappointing round of 16 loss to Morocco.

A decision has officially been made regarding Luis Enrique's future with the Spanish national team.

Following La Furia Roja's disappointing 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign, the European giants and the highly-rated Asturian tactician have parted ways, with the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announcing this decision to the public today.

The 2010 world champions kicked off Qatar 2022 in high spirits after their 7-0 win over Costa Rica in their opening fixture. Unfortunately, Pedri and Co. could not match that height and thus failed to win their following three games, drawing one and losing the other two.

Their most recent fixture was their round of 16 showdown with Morocco, which they lost on penalties. Despite dominating the ball, Enrique's men struggled to break down the Atlas Lions and crashed out after missing all of their spot kicks in the shootout after playing out a 0-0 draw in 120 minutes of action.

Speaking after the game, the former Barcelona manager refused to comment on his future with La Furia Roja, revealing that he did not know whether he would remain in the role or call an end to his time with the national team.

And with the 52-year-old's contract ending this year, Enrique has stepped down from his role and the RFEF have decided to embark on a new project. The Spanish football federation announced this decision in an official statement, thanking the manager for bringing "profound renovation" and "generational change" to a team struggling following the demise of their iconic 2010 FIFA World Cup-winning squad.

As revealed by Fabrizio Romano, Enrique is now ready to return to club football for the first time since his 2017 departure from Barcelona. While Spain's Qatar 2022 campaign did not go as planned, it will be interesting to see if any top team will snatch up the talented tactician following the defeats to Japan and Morocco.

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