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 By Robbie Dunne

Real Madrid's deals for Julen Lopetegui, Raul de Tomas symbolic of new club direction

The ESPN FC crew assess the timing of Real Madrid's first news conference unveiling new coach Julen Lopetegui after his sacking.
An emotional Julen Lopetegui discusses the pain of his sacking as Spain manager and the pride he has in accepting the Real Madrid job.

When Raul de Tomas hangs up his boots, he wants to be a boxer. He loves the physical aspect of the sport and says he uses it to blow off steam. Before he steps into the ring, though, he has a dream that is more pressing.

"Every night, I go to sleep thinking about being a Real Madrid player," he told Diario AS.

He has a fighting chance to do just that after signing a five-year deal with the club on the back of a stellar campaign with Rayo Vallecano. He scored 24 goals in 32 games, which saw Real...

Isco stands out with 8/10 performance as Spain struggle to beat Iran

Spain managed to walk away with three points against Iran, but the FC crew explain how Iran managed to disrupt La Roja.
Cristiano Ronaldo broke another record versus Morocco, Luis Suarez led Uruguay past Saudi Arabia and much more headline Matchday 7.

Spain put in their second mixed-bag performance of the World Cup, needing Diego Costa's fortunate goal to beat an Iran side that defended superbly and came close to getting a late equaliser.

La Roja were their usual composed selves in possession but were frustrated by Carlos Queiroz's well-organised defence through the opening 45 minutes, with over 80 percent of possession bringing just one shot on target. The goal soon after the break should really have freed Fernando Hierro's team to properly...

David De Gea 4/10, Diego Costa 9/10 as Spain draw Portugal 3-3

The FC crew agree Spain and Portugal's draw in their opening match at the World Cup proved they are both a class above the rest of Group B.

Spain showed real character during what was easily the most entertaining game of the tournament so far, and would really have won if not for some mistakes in defence and a superhuman performance from Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo. Both teams should really now go through from Group B.

Positives

After losing their coach three days before this World Cup opener, Spain were hit by two body blows here: Cristiano Ronaldo's fourth-minute penalty and 44th-minute long-range shot. But they showed a lot of...

Barcelona missed Antoine Griezmann but must now spend on midfield

Antoine Griezmann has finally announced his decision to stay at Atletico Madrid, and the FC panel can't quite believe how he went about it.

Barcelona's summer plans went up in smoke when Antoine Griezmann very publicly gave them the L in favour of sticking with Atletico Madrid. In a documentary that took inspiration from Lebron James' "The Decision," which aired on ESPN in 2010, we were given a glimpse into Griezmann's personal life over the past few months as he played Fortnite, basketball and weighed up his options: sign for Barca or stay at Atletico.

His sister, Maud, who is also his agent, phoned him at one stage of the documentary....

 By Robbie Dunne

Is Julen Lopetegui the man Real Madrid thought they were getting?

As the manager of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane had a terrific knack for making sure he was never the main event. Even when he was the decisive character, it was typically others who made headlines while he made history. He managed to disappear like a gust of wind once he made his mind up that his time at Real Madrid was finished. And the club have been on a mission to replace their former manager with someone as close to the Frenchman in terms of temperament as possible.

It was all very regrettable...

Real Madrid's Julen Lopetegui defiant at presentation as new boss at Bernabeu

The ESPN FC crew assess the timing of Real Madrid's first news conference unveiling new coach Julen Lopetegui after his sacking.
An emotional Julen Lopetegui discusses the pain of his sacking as Spain manager and the pride he has in accepting the Real Madrid job.
The FC crew react to Real Madrid's appointment of Julen Lopetegui as manager, questioning the timing as he prepares to lead Spain at the World Cup.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses the tricky situation Julen Lopetegui finds himself in as he coaches Spain before taking over at Real Madrid.
The ESPN FC crew feel Spain must get out to a flying start versus Portugal to silence any doubters following Julen Lopetegui's sacking.

MADRID -- Julen Lopetegui's presentation as Real Madrid coach at the Bernabeu on Thursday evening was just the latest dramatic and startling event in one of the most dramatic and startling weeks in Spanish football history.

Both the new Madrid coach and club president Florentino Perez offered a strong defence of their actions this week -- blaming federation president Luis Rubiales for having completely overreacted to Lopetegui having agreed to take this new job once this summer's World Cup was over.

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