De la Fuente will replace Luis Enrique as the coach of the national team
Luis de la Fuente is the chosen one to replace Luis Enrique as Spain coach after the RFEF decided to move on from the former Barcelona boss following the KO in the World Cup round of 16 to Morocco.
De la Fuente, 61, was born in Haro and is a former footballer who came through the youth ranks at Athletic Club, where he alternated his first seasons as a professional between the first team and the reserves.
After spells with Sevilla and Alavés, he then decided to end his playing career to become a coach, where after some modest beginnings in Basque football and spells with Bilbao Athletic and Alavés, he joined the Spanish Federation.
De la Fuente spent five years as Spain U19 coach, winning the Euros in 2015, before being promoted to the U21s in 2018. Another Euros triumph and a silver at the Tokyo Olympics catapulted De la Fuente into the running to succeed Lucho.
Aware of the vast majority of players who form the base of the senior squad, having coached many of them with the U19s and U21s, de la Fuente is an in-house bet to help Spain move on from the elimination against Morocco.
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