Enterprise Television- Real Madrid Appoint Lopetegui to Replace Zidane
Real Madrid has hired current Spanish national team manager Julen Lopetegui as its new boss at the conclusion of the 2018 World Cup.
The club made the announcement just two days before the tournament kicks off, and three days before Spain opens its World Cup campaign against Portugal.
The Real managerial job has been vacant since Zinedine Zidane abruptly resigned on May 31. Zidane left after winning three Champions League titles in just two-and-a-half years on the job.
Who is Lopetegui?
Lopetegui, 51, took over the Spanish national team after Euro 2016 and has not lost a game since. He replaced Vicente Del Bosque after La Roja‘s unprecedented run of success had screeched to a halt, and appears to have them back on track heading to Russia.
Prior to taking the Spain job, Lopetegui – a former goalkeeper who spent time as a reserve at both Real Madrid and Barcelona – spent four years with Spain’s U-19, U-20 and U-21 teams. He then took the head job at Porto before moving back to Spain to take charge of the full national team.
Prior to his work with Spain’s youth teams, Lopetegui had also managed Real Madrid’s B team – one of several connections he has to the club.
Lopetegui’s familiarity with Real Madrid players
On top of the B-team – Real Madrid Castilla – experience, and on top of his time at Real as a player – a year with the B-team, two years (and just one La Liga appearance) as a backup – Loptegui also has extensive experience working with many of Real Madrid’s Spanish players at international level.
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