Spain’s current coach Julen Lopetegui was announced as the new Real Madrid manager. He has signed a 3 year contract with the current European champions and will take charge after the World Cup.
Zinedine Zidane stepped down as the Real Madrid coach 2 weeks ago, days after leading them to 3rd consecutive Champions League titles. Julen Lopetegui took over as Spain coach in 2016 following the retirement of Vicente Del Bosque who led his country to victory in the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship.
Lopetegui has been very impressive since taking over as the Spain’s boss, Spain are unbeaten in 20 games and play Portugal in their World Cup opener on Friday.
He has enjoyed success with the country’s youth sides, winning the 2012 Under-19 European Championship before repeating the feat as Under-21 boss 12 months later.
But Lopetegui’s forays into club management have been less successful. He was sacked from a brief spell in charge of Rayo Vallecano in Spain’s second division in 2003 and left Portuguese club Porto after failing to win any silverware from 2014-16.
With the core players of Real Madrid all above the age of 30, Lopategui will has a very tough job in hand. He has to continue winning the trophies with these players and with that he has to make sure he beds in youth players in the team.