Julen Lopetegui is surprisingly the new manager of Real Madrid
Real Madrid keep surprising their fans this summer and it’s not going to last very soon. After winning their 13th UEFA Champions League title, the club decided to let go their second most successful manager Zinedine Zidane. Zidane left Real Madrid within a week after winning three consecutive UEFA Champions League, and a week later they have a new manager in Spain’s national team current manager Julen Lopetegui.
Julen Lopetegui will join Real Madrid as their new boss after finishing his job with La Roja at Russia 2018 World Cup. Real Madrid’s official website announced, “Julen Lopetegui will be Real Madrid coach after the celebration of the 2018 World Cup.”
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Lopetegui has signed a three-season contract with Les Merengues. Club website revealed that current Spain’s boss will lead the Real Madrid C.F. during the next three seasons.
It came as a surprising decision because he wasn’t in the frame in football gossips of major Spanish newspaper. Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp were the name linked with the high profile job, but Lopetegui takes the limelight away from them.
The current Spain national football team boss wasn’t a popular name among those high profiles names. His coaching career has yet to reach a pinnacle stage and here he is offered to manage the biggest football club in the world.
Lopetegui career as a manager started with Spain U-17 as an assistant coach. Then, he moves to manage Spanish Second Division side Rayo Vallecano, before moving to Real Madrid’s Castilla. He didn’t have a very good record at the club level and then he headed back to managing Spain’s U-19, U-20, and U-21 team.
He tasted success winning European U-19 championship in 2012 and U-21 European championship in 2013 with Royal Spanish Football Federation. This saga ends with his contract expiration in 2014, and he joined FC Porto.
Lopetegui’s trouble at club level haunted him at Porto as well. His team reaches quarterfinals of UEFA Champions League but suffered a 6-1 defeat against Bayern Munich. He ended up without a title, and the next season didn’t come handy to save the job as well.
Spain’s national side once again came to rescue his reputation. This time he was appointed the head coach of Spain’s senior team. After veteran coach Vicente del Bosque’s retires, Lopetegui became Spain’s national team manager. He led La Roja very well in World Cup qualifiers. They are one of the favourite to lift the FIFA World Cup in Russia after a shameful campaign in 2014 World Cup.
Lopetegui is allowed to leave his final mark on Spain to lead his team to the 2018 World Cup. After that, the boss won’t be managing Spain’s national side but he’ll be managing Spain’s biggest football club Real Madrid.