Spain names former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique as its new head coach

Luis Enrique will coach Spain for the next two years.

The former Barcelona coach was appointed as La Roja's head coach after interim coach Fernando Hierro stepped down on Sunday.

Hierro's spell in charge lasted little more than three weeks. He was an emergency replacement after Spanish federation president Luis Rubiales fired Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the finals for signing as Real Madrid coach after the tournament without telling him.

"The decision was unanimous," said Rubiales of Luis Enrique's appointment. "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."

Luis Enrique played for Real Madrid and Barcelona and won the La Liga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League as coach at Barca in 2015. He stepped down a year ago.

"Maybe he'll sing La Marseillaise, which I would find normal. For him tomorrow it could be a bit difficult, but he works for Belgium now, he wants us to win. That's football."
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