Real Madrid announce Julen Lopetegui as new head coach

Tuesday, 12 Jun, 2018

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

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.

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.

However, they have now made a decision to appoint Lopetegui, who signed a new two-year extension with the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) last month. They also scored 36 goals, and their form means they are one of the favourites ahead of the tournament in Russian Federation.

After retiring from football, Lopetegui became an assistant for Spain's U17 team in 2003, before swiftly taking charge of Liga B side Rayo Vallecano.

In a brief statement to announce the appointment, the Madrid giants said Lopetegui had been appointed on a three-year contract. Lopetegui spent part of his footballing career at Real Madrid, but only managed one senior appearance for the club.

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

Julen Lopetegui will join the club after the participation of the Spanish team in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team.

They face a World Cup group containing Iberian rivals Portugal, as well as Morocco and Iran.