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At the same moment that Real Madrid made official the hiring of Julen Lopetegui as a substitute for Zinedine Zidane all the fans took their hands to the head. “Who would think?”. “How do they announce it three days before the World Cup debut?” “So we did not go through the first phase.” All you have to do is go around social networks to discover the pessimism of a situation that, in reality, is not more important than the impact of the moment and that under no circumstances should affect the performance of the Spanish team in the World Cup in Russia

Moreover, the only antecedent with which this anomalous situation could be compared – it must be said – is much more than flattering . In fact, if you compare with that case all Spanish should be happy because then Julen Lopetegui is going to make Spain world champion for the second time .

To find the nearest example you have to go back 10 years ago . Specifically as of June 25, 2008. And yes, the date is essential. That day, a brief statement on the website of Fenerbahçe announced that the Turkish club had reached an agreement with Luis Aragonés for the next two seasons. A fundamental announcement in the career of Sabio de Hortaleza it would be his last major contract and fundamental to think that Spain can be champion in Russia 2018.

That June 25 was not just any day, it was the pre-match of the first semifinals of the national team in a European for the first time since Marcelino and company lifted the title back in 1964. A fundamental date in the history of Spanish football right after those agonizing penalties against Italy in which Casillas showed off and Cesc Fábregas finished off the task against the wall of Gianluigi Buffon . Just a few days later, Spain would overtake Germany in the final at Ernst Happel in Vienna with a solitary goal by Fernando Torres.

This is how the Spanish reign began in world football and, right in the middle, there was the announcement of the signing of the selector for a club. It is true that Luis was not going to continue in front of La Roja and that the fate of Zapatones did not have the implications of Lopetegui's signing for Real Madrid, but it is also that the comments will be better to do it thinking that Aragonés already did it and Spain was champion.




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