Who is Julen Lopetegui? New Real Madrid manager revealed
- Julen Lopetegui has recently been named as the new manager of Real Madrid
- Lopetegui beat out several other notable candidates to be coach of the club
- He previously played for the team and several others as a player years back
The move follows the equally surprising departure of Zinedine Zidane after the team’s recent Champions League victory against Liverpool. The announcement of Lopetegui shocked many football fans as he was previously rarely mentioned as a serious candidate for the coveted position.
But just who is Julen Lopetegui? Here’s all you need to know about who he is, his age and new contract with Real Madrid.
Julen Lopetegui was recently named as the manager of Real Madrid in a surprising decision
Who is Julen Lopetegui?
He was born in Asteasu, Spain on August 28, 1966.
After starting his youth football career with Real Sociedad, he later joined Real Madrid’s reserve team Castilla, playing with the club from 1985 until 1988.
He played for Real Madrid itself from 1988 to 1991, being loaned to Las Palmas from 1988 to 1989. Lopetegui subsequently played for Logroñés from 1991 to 1994 and Barcelona from 1994 to 1997, before finishing up his playing career with Rayo Vallecano from 1997 to 2002. He also played for the Spanish national football team during the 1994 World Cup.
Starting in 2003, Lopetegui launched a career in football coaching, starting out as an assistant for Spain’s U17 team and later for Rayo Vallecano. After taking a break to work as a sports commentator, he returned to coaching in earnest, managing Real Madrid Castilla from 2008 to 2009 before taking the helm of various Spanish youth teams from 2010 to 2014.
Lopetegui later coached Porto from 2014 to 2016 before being hired as the manager of the Spanish national football team in July 2016. On June 12, 2018, it was announced that he would be taking over as manager of Real Madrid following the departure of Zinedine Zidane after the end of the 2018 World Cup.
How old is Julen Lopetegui?
Julen Lopetegui is 51 years old.
He was born on August 28, 1966.
Julen Lopetegui as Real Madrid manager
Lopetegui was recently named as the manager of Real Madrid just two weeks after agreeing to re-sign as coach of the Spanish national team.
The three-year deal was signed after his commitment to manage Spain at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He’ll take charge of the famed football club after the conclusion of the World Cup.
Per an official statement from Real Madrid: ‘Julen Lopetegui will be the Real Madrid coach after the celebration of the 2018 World Cup.
‘Real Madrid announce that Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons.
‘Julen Lopetegui will join the club after Spain’s participation in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team.’
The announcement of Lopetegui came as a surprise to many as he was not considered a frontrunner for the prestigious positon, unlike Guti, Arsene Wagner and Antonio Conte.
However, he ultimately beat the trio for the coveted managerial position for the club he used to play for as goalkeeper.
Author: Nancy Parker
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