Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Julen Lopetegui Named Real Madrid Head Coach After Zinedine Zidane's Resignation


In an official statement on the club's website, it was confirmed that the current Spain manager will replace Zinedine Zidane as first team coach after the tournament in Russian Federation.

Zidane resigned as manager following an unprecedented era of success that saw Real win three consecutive Champions League titles, most recently defeating Liverpool 3-1 in Ukraine to complete the treble.

He coached Madrid's feeder club Castilla in 2008/09 before taking charge of Spain's youth teams.

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Real Madrid have announced that Spain boss Julen Lopetegui has been appointed as the club's new head coach.

However, Lopetegui's appointment is another surprise from Los Blancos, particularly as he only signed a new deal to remain in charge of Spain until 2020 in May, per BBC Sport. That U21 side featured the likes of David De Gea, Thiago, Koke and Rodrigo Moreno, all of whom have made it into the Spain squad for this summer's World Cup.

Lopetegui impressed in quickly blending together a new side which won nine of their 10 World Cup qualifiers and is among the favourites for this summer's finals in Russian Federation.

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Real Madrid have won La Liga just once in the last six years, which for a club of their stature and spending, is a poor return despite their European success. The Portugal global is angry at the club for their latest "derisory" contract offer, per Jesus Sanchez at Marca.

"Julen Lopetegui will be the Real Madrid coach after the celebration of the 2018 World Cup", the Tweet said.

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