The World Cup is the biggest tournament in football and millions of fans tune in to watch the best players on the planet.
However, as well as the on-field stories, you can guarantee that there will always be a few examples of teams who shoot themselves in the foot with things that happen behind the scenes.
This year’s example seems to be Spain, as manager Julen Lopetegui has agreed to take over at Real Madrid post-tournament.
Apparently, chiefs at the Spanish FA were furious at his decision and as such, he has been sacked and will not be in charge for the tournament.
In honour of the Spanish meltdown, we’ve taken a look back at other times when World Cup sides have self-sabotaged their own tournament.
France squad revolt in 2010
The notion of losing a dressing room is one that is often spoken about in football and in 2010, it happened to France boss Raymond Domenech. After a half-time falling out with Nicolas Anelka, the France boss sent his striker home. This made the rest of the squad furious and they revolted. At an infamous training session, the players walked off the field and sat on the team bus in protest. France were eliminated at the group stage without picking up a point.
Roy Keane v Mick McCarthy in 2002
Prior to the World cup in 2002, Republic of Ireland captain Roy Keane and manager Mick McCarthy had a huge falling out, which resulted in Keane being sent home. The Ireland star apparently took issue with McCarthy’s training methods and confronted him in front of the team. Ireland ended up losing to Spain on penalties in the Last 16.
Diego Maradona sent home in disgrace in 1994
At the age of 33, Diego Maradona was on a bit of a decline but he was still a force to be reckoned with. However, after just two games of the 1994 World Cup, the Argentinian star was sent home in disgrace after failing a drugs test. His side managed to make it to the final 16, where they were eliminated by Romania
Cameroon and Nigeria pay disputes in 2010
Prior to the 2010 World Cup, players from both Cameroon and Nigeria threatened to boycott the tournament over pay disputes. They wanted paying throughout the tournament, rather than at the end of it. The players did compete but both sides finished bottom of their groups.
Colombia's 1994 World Cup worries
Colombia’s preparations for the 1994 World Cup were surrounded by rumours that betting syndicates and drug cartels were influencing Francisco Maturana’s squad selection. In fact, he reportedly received death threats over matters of team selection. Colombia’s players were frozen by fear and were knocked out at the group stages.
Ruud Gullit walks on Holland 1994
Just three weeks before the finals began in the USA, Holland’s Ruud Gullit walked out on his side after a disagreement with manager Dick Advocaat. The Dutch squad got to the quarter-finals, where they lost to Brazil.
England's issues at Mexico 1970
England went to Mexico in 1970 as the World Cup holders. Their preparations were hampered by the arrest of captain Bobby Moore in Colombia for allegedly stealing a bracelet, although the charges were later dropped. Also, England were given a hostile atmosphere from the Mexican crowd as manager Alf Ramsey made some derogatory comments about the country hosting the tournament. England were knocked out in the quarter-finals by West Germany.