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Real Madrid announce Julen Lopetegui as new head coach

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Real Madrid have confirmed Spain manager Julen Lopetegui as their new head coach on a three-year deal.

Lopetegui, who previously managed Porto for two years, before taking over at the Spanish national team in July 2016, will take up the position after the World Cup.

Madrid had been looking for a replacement since Zinedine Zidane stepped down from the position last month, just days after winning a third consecutive Champions League trophy.

But with three days before Spain’s World Cup opener against Portugal in Sochi, Madrid announced that the Basque tactician will leave that position after agreeing to a three-year contract with the La Liga giants.

“Julen Lopetegui will be the Real Madrid coach after the celebration of the 2018 World Cup,” the club’s statement said. “Real Madrid C.F. announce that Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons.”

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

He began coaching in 2003 as assistant manager to Spain’s Under-17 team. He managed Spain at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level before moving to Porto.

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