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Real Madrid appoints Zidane's replacement

Real Madrid appoints Zidane's replacement

He left Porto to be appointed Spain manager in 2016, taking over from Vicente del Bosque, and will guide them at the upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation.

Lopetegui will go head-to-head with Cristiano Ronaldo at the tournament, with Spain set to take on Portugal in their opening group game this Friday.

Spain's national coach Julen Lopetegui will replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid coach after the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino had been identified as Real Madrid's primary target but the Argentinean was rendered unattainable having recently signed a new five-year contract.

Zidane's resignation came as a big shock, as he had just led Real Madrid to a third consecutive UEFA Champions League triumph.

Lopetegui took over Spain in July 2016 after Vicente del Bosque retired from the role.




He previously had a spell as manager of Porto, as well as with the Spanish national youth team set-up and at Real's B team.

Spain qualified for Russian Federation 2018 with relative ease, topping a group containing Italy.

But following the conclusion of the tournament in Russian Federation, which La Roja are considered one of the favourites to win, Lopetegui will transition into the role at Santiago Bernabeu.

A former goalkeeper, Lopetegui made one senior appearance for Real Madrid but played 107 matches for Logrones.

Lopetegui will have his work cut out at Real Madrid, where standards are high and patience tends to be short with managers unless they deliver instant success.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid boss after the World Cup, the La Liga giants have announced.