Luis Enrique named Spain Coach

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Luis Enrique has been appointed Spain’s new head coach following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui two days before the start of the World Cup and three days before Spain’s opening game and after Fernando Hierro stepped down from temporary charge following their last-16 World Cup exit to Russia.

Luis Enrique, the former Barcelona manager has signed a two-year contract to take charge of his country (Spain).

José Francisco Molina, Spain’s newly-installed sporting director, said: “We need a successful coach, who’s modern and who knows the game style but can make small adjustments. We can’t swipe everything clean, with regards to all the work carried out.” His first game in charge will be a friendly against England, on 8 September 2018 at Wembley.

Luis Eric’s Profile

Luis Enrique Martínez García born 8 May 1970, known as Luis Enrique, is a Spanish former professional footballer who is now the current manager of the Spanish national team.

A versatile player with good technique, he was capable of playing in several different positions, but usually played as a midfielder or forward, and was also noted for his temperament and stamina. Starting in 1991 and ending in 2004, he represented both Real Madrid and Barcelona with equal individual and team success, appearing in more than 500 official games and scoring more than 100 goals. He appeared with the Spain national team in three World Cups and one European Championship.

Luis Enrique started working as a manager in 2008 with Barcelona B before moving to Roma three years later. In the 2013 – 14 season he managed Celta, before returning to Barcelona and winning the treble in his first year and the double in his second.

Coaching Career

Barcelona Team B

On 26 May 2008, Luis Enrique returned to Barcelona, taking over the reins of the B-team, renamed Barcelona Atlètic for that season. As he succeeded long-time Barcelona team mate Pep Guardiola, he helped the club return to Segunda División after an absence of 11 years.

In mid-March 2011, Luis Enrique announced he would leave Barcelona B at the end of the campaign, despite still having two years left on his contract. He led the side to the playoffs, but they were ineligible for promotion.

Roma

On 8 June 2011, Luis Enrique reached an agreement with Italian Serie A club A.S. Roma to become the Giallorossi’s new head coach. He signed a two-year contract, being joined by a staff of four members, including Iván de la Peña who played two years for crosstown rivals S.S. Lazio, as technical collaborator.

Roma was eliminated from the UEFA Europa League by ŠK Slovan Bratislava, amid great discussion of the substitution of legendary Francesco Totti for Stefano Okaka Chuka. The capital club also lost their first game in the domestic league against Cagliari Calcio, making it just the third time that it lost the opener in 18 years.

Even though he still had two years remaining on his contract, Luis Enrique decided to leave Roma at the end of the season, after the club failed to qualify for any European competition.

Celta

On 8 June 2013, Luis Enrique became Celta de Vigo’s new manager, replacing former national teammate Abel Resino. He led the Galicians to the ninth position in his first and only season, highlights including a 2 – 0 home win against Real Madrid that ended the opposition’s possibilities of winning the league title.

On 16 May 2014, Luis Enrique announced that he would be leaving Celta.

Barcelona

On 19 May 2014, it was announced that Luis Enrique would return to Barcelona as a manager, after he agreed to a three-year deal. He was recommended by sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta, his former national teammate. His first competitive match was a 3–0 home league win over Elche CF, where he handed debuts to new signings Claudio Bravo, Jérémy Mathieu and Ivan Rakitić, and gave youth products Munir El Haddadi, Rafinha and Sandro Ramírez their maiden league appearances for the club, whilst summer signing Luis Suárez was unavailable for selection due to suspension.

Spain

Luis Enrique was named coach of the Spanish national team on 9 July 2018, replacing former club and country teammate Fernando Hierro.