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Orenga steps down as Spain coach

The Spanish Basketball Federation [FEB] have announced that head coach Juan Antonio Orenga has stepped down from his role.

The move comes after the hosts failed to advance past the quarter-finals of the FIBA World Cup. They lost to eventual bronze-medallists France in the last eight.

After failing to guide Spain to a third consecutive Eurobasket victory, Orenga was given the opportunity to coach the Spanish at a home World Cup, plus he was tasked with coaching a full-strength national squad that included Ricky Rubio, Pau and Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Jose Calderon, Juan Carlos Navarro, Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez.

But despite being tagged as joint favourites and boasting arguably the strongest team of the World Cup, Orenga’s side could only make the quarter-finals before crashing out to France.

Since then, questions have been building over Orenga’s future with the national team. The fans that had tickets for the World Cup Final voiced their opinions by chanting “Fire Orenga” during the United States’ blowout Final win over Serbia.

“Thanks to the players, members of the technical body, president and other staff of the Federation by the joint work carried out in these last two years,” Orenga said in a statement.

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