Spain manager to take over at Real Madrid after World Cup

Jose Verdugo
Junio 12, 2018

The former Porto boss, who also coached a trio of Spain's youth teams, featured just once for Real Madrid during his playing career, which also involved stints at Castilla, Las Palmas, Logrones, Rayo Vallecano and rivals Barcelona.

Spain's national coach Julen Lopetegui will replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid coach after the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

The 51-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the European champions, per the Guardian.

The Champions League holders have been searching for a new head coach ever since Zinedine Zidane took the decision to step down after two-and-a-half trophy-laden years in charge earlier this month.

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

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

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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. They also scored 36 goals, and their form means they are one of the favourites ahead of the tournament in Russian Federation.

In a brief statement to announce the appointment, the Madrid giants said Lopetegui had been appointed on a three-year contract.

The club also look set for an interesting summer with star man Cristiano Ronaldo's future uncertain.

Lopetegui will have his work cut out at Real Madrid, where standards are high and patience tends to be short with managers unless they deliver instant success.

Los Blancos have confirmed that Spain coach Julen Lopetegui will take over from next season.

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