Lopetegui Appointed New Head Coach At Real Madrid

Spanish national team coach Julen Lopetegui has been named the new head coach at Real Madrid.

Lopetegui, 51, replaces Zinedine Zidane after putting pen to paper on a three-year deal at the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu.

Zidane stepped down as Real Madrid head coach in May despite leading the club to three successive Champions League titles, with the Frenchman saying that the club needs “a different voice”.

Lopetegui is expected to take up his new position after the World Cup tournament in Russia, which starts on June 14.

Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Lopetegui made one senior appearance for the Los Merengues but played 107 matches for Logrones.

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

The Spanish tactician then moved to Portuguese FC Porto until July 2016 when he took up the Spanish national team managerial position.