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Spain coach Luis Enrique to stream on Twitch at World Cup

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It is nearly 11.30 p.m., six days earlier than the World Cup begins, and Spain coach Luis Enrique has an announcement to make: “Streamers of the world, get out of the best way! I am heading downhill and I’ve acquired no brakes!”

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Not content material with the scale of the principle activity that faces him in Qatar — main Spain to World Cup glory for the primary time since 2010 — the coach has determined to tackle one other problem: conquering Twitch.

The video livestreaming platform, based a decade in the past, is now extra in style than ever with round 140 million month-to-month lively customers, together with high-profile footballers reminiscent of Gerard Pique and Sergio Aguero.

In a video posted on Twitter and Instagram on Monday, Luis Enrique revealed that he plans to hitch them, beginning in Qatar.

“I am recording this video to announce that I’ve develop into a streamer,” he mentioned. “Nicely, I am not a streamer but, it is a video. I have not began but. However my thought is to stream through the time we’re in Qatar. We arrive within the early hours of [Friday] Nov. 18, so I believe I am going to have the ability to begin streaming that day.”

Luis Enrique has had a tough, confrontational relationship with the Spanish media at instances — specifically these primarily based in Madrid, ever since his controversial swap from Actual Madrid to Barcelona as a participant in 1996 — and whereas he’ll nonetheless participate in official information conferences in Qatar, streaming will enable him to talk on to supporters of La Roja and anybody else who needs to look at.

“It is an thought I believe could possibly be fascinating, to ascertain a direct relationship with you the followers,” he mentioned. “To determine a extra direct relationship with no filters, extra spontaneous, extra pure. I believe it could possibly be fascinating for everybody.”

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Talking in his video on Monday, although — recorded in what appeared like a dimly-lit workplace, with a ways whiteboard within the background — he admitted there’s loads of work to be accomplished.

“As you possibly can see, I can solely enhance,” he mentioned. “The lighting for this video is insufficient. My microphone is Third Division. And my face is what it’s!”

In a subsequent tweet, Luis Enrique shared a hyperlink to his new Twitch channel — which, on the time of writing, had already amassed 58,000 followers even earlier than his first dwell stream — and a brand new Instagram account, the place he started posting photographs final week.

A selfie posted on Instagram, early on Tuesday morning, was accompanied by the jovial caption “Day 2. The primary of my workers to reach on the gymnasium… whether or not I do some coaching is one other matter!”

It stays to be seen how Luis Enrique’s newfound ardour for streaming will go down along with his squad, lots of whom are lively on social media themselves.

“It is a manner of getting nearer to individuals,” defender Hugo Guillamon — who, at 22, combines his profession with Valencia and Spain with learning biomedical engineering on the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia — mentioned in a information convention. “It is rising rather a lot lately. It is pure. I believe individuals will prefer it.”

Spain fly to Amman on Tuesday to play a pre-World Cup pleasant with Jordan, earlier than shifting on to Qatar to start getting ready for group stage video games with Costa Rica, Germany and Japan.

Whether or not Spain progress to the latter levels of the event — as they did at Euro 2020, reaching the semifinals — or crash out on the group stage, Luis Enrique’s Twitch streams ought to make for important viewing.

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