Friday, 22 June, 2018

Real Madrid announce Julen Lopetegui as new head coach

Kristopher Love | 12 June, 2018, 19:07

Spain national team coach Julen Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid manager after the World Cup, the Spanish club announced on Tuesday, just two days before the tournament begins in Russian Federation.

Real have announced that after the tournament he will take over at the Bernabeu, stepping into the role that Zidane Zidane vacated following his shock departure at the end of May - just days after guiding Real to a third consecutive Champions League title.

A statement read: "Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation".

In May, he signed a two-year extension to remain as Spain coach until 2020 but the call of Madrid has proved stronger.

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

"Real Madrid C.F. announce that Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons".

Lopetegui, 51, has been in charge of the Spanish national team since July 2016, when he took the reins following the European Championship in France.

He previously managed Porto and the Spanish underage teams.

Spain are the only team in Russian Federation who have remained undefeated from Euro 2016 to the World Cup.

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.

Spain's senior side are unbeaten under Lopetegui, having won 14 and drawn six of their 20 matches and begin their World Cup campaign against Portugal on Friday.