OFFICIAL | Fernando Hierro steps down as Spain sporting director

Ciudad del Fútbol 08 Jul 2018
The Spanish FA wants to thank Fernando Hierro for his commitment and sense of responsibility

After many kilometres of walking together, the Spanish FA and Fernando Hierro put an end to their relationship once the participation of Spain in the World Cup has come to an end. The coach declined to return to his previous position as sporting director of the Spanish FA to seek new horizons and undertake new challenges.

After two spells as sporting director of the FA, the first between 2007 and 2011 - coinciding with the best period of the national team, which won the 2008 European Championship and the 2010 World Cup - and the second from November 2017 until now, the Spanish FA wants to thank Fernando Hierro for his commitment and sense of responsibility.

The Spanish FA wants to highlight the professional and human values of an extraordinary athlete.
Fernando hierro (born 23 March 1968), was capped 89 times for Spain and scored 29 goals. As a player, Hierro represented Spain at four World Cup tournaments (1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002) and two European championships (1996 and 2000).

Hierro had a long and successful career with Real Madrid, a team with which he played more than 600 games winning five La Liga crowns, five Spanish Super Cups, a Copa Del Rey, three Champions League trophies and two Intercontinental Cups.

He also played for Valladolid and ended his footballing days at At-Rayyan in Qatar and at Bolton Wanderers.

Hierro spent a year as assistant manager at Real Madrid during Carlo Ancelotti's final season, coached Oviedo in 2016 and was general manager at Málaga.

Fernando Hierro was awarded the highest honour in Spanish sport, the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sports Merit.

Thanks for everything, Fernando!