Real Madrid appoint Spain coach Julen Lopetegui as Zinedine Zidane replacement

Doug Mendoza
June 12, 2018

The Real Madrid midfielder has shone at national level under the 51-year-old's guidance, with the pair enjoying Euro 2013 success at U21 level when Lopetegui was in charge of the youth team.

Before he took over as Spain boss, Lopetegui was Porto manager for two years.

If Spain fail to impress at the World Cup, then Lopetegui will head to Real Madrid under a cloud that will make an already difficult job even harder.

After guiding Spain easily through qualification to the World Cup finals, Lopetegui had agreed on a new contract up until Euro 2022 just last May, and was not among the more than 20 names which had been linked with the Bernabeu vacancy in the local media over the past two weeks.

It remains to be seen if he will head to Real as a World Cup victor, though Spain's squad is stocked with exciting talent.

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Spain coach Julen Lopetegui will replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid coach after the 2018 World Cup, the Spanish giants said Tuesday in a statement.

As a player Lopetegui was a goalkeeper who spent spells as a backup at both Madrid and Barcelona, also playing for Rayo Vallecano and CD Logrones.

He began coaching in 2003 as assistant manager to Spain's Under-17 team and was also in charge of the Under-19s, Under-20s and Under-21s, before moving to Porto.

Lopetegui has endured a mixed managerial career thus far, but has history with Los Blancos, having managed the club's B team between 2008 and 2009.

Real, meanwhile, won their third straight Champions League crown by beating Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev last month.

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