Spain has made a coaching change just two days before the start of the World Cup in a move that will be heavily scrutinized over the coming weeks.
Was it a surprise move? Absolutely.
But the history of coaching dismissals in soccer and every other sport is littered with strange timing, strange decisions and strange circumstances. Now Julen Lopetegui's case joins them.
Lopetegui was fired as Spain's national team coach on Wednesday after accepting a job to lead Real Madrid next season . He will be replaced by Fernando Hierro for the country's match against Portugal on Friday.
Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales said firing Lopetegui wasn't ideal,...