The Spanish national team has appointed Luis Enrique as their new full time manager. He will replace Fernando Hierro, who served as the interim coach during the World Cup after Julen Loptegui was fired two days after he accepted a new coaching position at Real Madrid.
La Furia Roja made it as far as the round of 16 before being eliminated in penalties to Russia.
Luis Enrique is one of 32 players in history to have played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona and the third and most recent to have made the direct transfer from Los Blancos to Camp Nou.
He played in La Liga for all of his 15 seasons before retiring in 2004.
During his playing career, he won three La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys, two Supercopas, a UEFA Super Cup, and a gold medal during the 1992 Summer Olympics. He also played in three World Cups for Spain and one Euros, where his side could never reach past the quarterfinals.
He was so successful that Pele featured him on his list of the 100 greatest living soccer players in 2004. He was one of only three Spaniards included on the list.
After his playing career ended, Enrique took an extended absence from the limelight. He returned to the soccer world in May of 2008, when he took over the reigns at Barcelona B in Spain's Segunda División B, which is actually the third division of Spanish soccer. During his tenure, he led the side to the second division.
And after brief stints at and Celtic, Enrique was named the new manager at Barcelona. Enrique became the second manager in Barça's history, after Pep Guardiola, to bag a treble in his first year coaching at the club when he won La Liga, the Copa del Rey tournament and the Champions League.
His success continued as time went on. He won one more La Liga, two more Copa del Reys, a Supercopa, a UEFA Supercup, and a FIFA Club World Cup. He left Camp Nou after the 2017 season when his contract ended.
Spanish FA President Luis Rubiales told the press that "we have not spoken to anyone else...only Luis Enrique." And that's a big deal. This isn't a club team that's desperate to find a new manager. This is the Spanish National Team. A side with players that helped spark one of the greatest dynasties in world soccer history.
Luis Enrique has the pedigree and the knowledge to do some wonderful things with La Furia Roja. His first major test will be during the 2020 Euros.
So what do you guys think about this signing? Is Enrique a club manager who is way in over his head or is he what La Furia Roja needs as their older players start to faze out? Let me know on the Fancred App or on Twitter at @IFoundAndrew.