Real Madrid Name Spain Coach Lopetegui As Zidane Successor


The Argentine spoke to Mundo Deportivo and addressed a wide range of topics, including Neymar, players to watch at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and Zinedine Zidane's departure from Real Madrid.

He was appointed to the role in the wake of Spain's poor showing at Euro 2016 in France when they were eliminated in the last 16.

It was 28 years ago, on April 28, 1990, in a derby against Atletico Madrid, which was played on match day 37 at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

"Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of Real Madrid after tthe 2018 World Cup", the club announced on their official website on Tuesday.

He managed Spain at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level before moving to Porto. He then had the opportunity to go to Wolves, when the new owners came in. United have grown dependent on him. "The most important thing is the decision I've taken, the rest we'll see".

"You have to be focused on having a good World Cup - we are all good".

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

Lopetegui is in Russia with the Spain squad, where he will oversee their challenge but will then leave his post with the national team and take over at the Santiago Bernabeu, per Marca.

The goalkeeper will turn 28 this season, and it's hard to believe he won't be eyeing up more top honours while he's still the best. To play for a manager he knows well, who he has experienced success with, has to be appealing. 'It was very close but in the end it wasn't to be.

Brazil coach Tite has angrily hit out at claims of talks with Real Madrid. The promise of world-class signings? De Gea doesn't come across as the sort of player who would be swayed by the former two options, but the last one may have an impact.