Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Real Madrid announce Julen Lopetegui as new head coach

Real Madrid announce Julen Lopetegui as new head coach

"Julen Lopetegui will be the Real Madrid coach after the celebration of the 2018 World Cup", the Tweet said.

A club statement read: "Real Madrid CF announces that Julen Lopetegui will coach the first team for the next three seasons".

Previously, French manager Zinidine Zidane shocked the footballing world by announcing his resignation from Real Madrid.

Lopetegui will go head-to-head with Cristiano Ronaldo at the tournament, with Spain set to take on Portugal in their opening group game this Friday.

He will have a tough act to follow, after Zinedine Zidane won an unprecedented three Champions League titles in a row, as well as a La Liga title, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA World Club Cups during his two years in charge.

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Former goalkeeper Lopetegui, 51, made a sole league appearance for Madrid as a player, and later turned out for rivals Barcelona a handful of times.

His only other top-flight club experience came in 18 up-and-down months at Porto, where he failed to win a trophy but reached the Champions League quarterfinals.

He left Porto to be appointed Spain manager in 2016, taking over from Vicente del Bosque, and will guide them at the upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation.

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.

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

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