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Real Madrid announce Spain coach Lopetegui as Zidane replacement

12 June 2018

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

Real Madrid announced Tuesday that Spain coach Julen Lopetegui will replace Zinedine Zidane as head coach after FIFA World Cup 2018.

Real Madrid have announced that Julian Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid manager after the World Cup.

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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 a three-year contract with the La Liga giants. They also scored 36 goals, and their form means they are one of the favourites ahead of the tournament in Russian Federation.

Lopetegui is in Russian Federation with the Spain squad, where he will oversee their challenge but will then leave his post with the national team and take over at the Santiago Bernabeu, per Marca.

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

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Lopetegui has put together a record of 14 wins and six draws from his 20 games in charge of Spain, with the former goalkeeper having previously coached at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 levels. They also play Morocco and Iran in the group stages. Lopetegui spent part of his footballing career at Real Madrid, but only managed one senior appearance for the club.

Lopetegui, 51, was hired by Spain following their underwhelming Euro 2016 campaign and the former Porto boss has helped re-establish La Roja as genuine contenders this summer in Russian Federation.

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Real Madrid announce Spain coach Lopetegui as Zidane replacement