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The Spanish Football Federation has announced Fernando Hierro, sports director, will assume the position of Spanish coach at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, replacing Julen Lopetegui, who was dismissed yesterday, the agency said in a statement.

Hierro, 50, who was also the second coach of Real Madrid in the 2014-15 season along with Italian Carlo Ancelotti, has occupied the Federation’s sporting direction in two stages: the current one and the one between 2007 and 2011, when the selection was champion of Europe (2008) and of the World (2010). In his managerial experience, he was also Málaga’s general manager in 2011-12.

As a footballer, Hierro played 89 games with the Spanish national team, with 29 goals, for twelve years, between 1989 and 2002, with four World Cups (Italy 1990, United States 1994, France 1998 and Japan and Korea 2002), as well as develop most of his successful career, thirteen years, in the ranks of Real Madrid.

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“It’s a beautiful and exciting challenge. The circumstances are what these are and from now on I accept this responsibility with courage, as it can not be otherwise: looking and thinking that we have a group of players and workers who have been working in this World Championship for two years.”


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Question 1
En el MP3, Fernando Hierro...  
está hablando de toda su carrera deportiva.
está hablando de su cargo como entrenador de la selección española.
está hablando del anterior entrenador de la selección española.
Question 2
Según el MP3, Hierro...  
rechaza ser el nuevo entrenador de la selección española de fútbol.
se muestra poco motivado por su nombramiento como entrenador.
valora positivamente el hecho de entrenar a la selección española.
Question 3
Hierro acepta este cargo en estas circunstancias.  
Es verdad.
No se sabe.
Es mentira.
Question 4
Cuando Hierro habla de 'circunstancias' se refiere...    
a la clasificación de España para jugar el Mundial de Fútbol 2018.
a la lesión de uno de los jugadores de la selección española de fútbol.
a la destitución del Julen Lopetegui como entrenador de la selección.
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