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Real Madrid Appoints Spain’s Manager, Julen Lopetegui as New Head Coach

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Real Madrid has appointed Spain’s manager Julen Lopetegui as their new manager on a three-year deal.

Zinedine Zidane, who led the club to a record three successive Champions League titles, stepped down in May.

The 51-year-old previously managed Porto for two years, before taking over at the Spanish national team in July 2016.


A former goalkeeper, Lopetegui made one senior appearance for Real Madrid but played 107 matches for Logrones.

He began his coaching career in 2003 as the assistant manager to Spain’s Under-17 team. He led the under-19 and under-21 sides to European titles before moving to Porto.

Lopetegui will take up the position after the World Cup, which begins on 14 June.

Real Madrid finished third in La Liga last season, 17 points behind champions Barcelona.

Spain begins their World Cup campaign against Portugal on Friday.

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