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Real Madrid announce Julen Lopetegui as new head coach

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid boss after the World Cup.

The former goalkeeper made a sole league appearance for Madrid as a player and later turned out for rivals Barcelona. Lopetegui previously coached Madrid’s feeder club Castilla in 2008/09 before taking charge of Spain’s youth teams. He enjoyed success with the country’s youth sides, winning the U19 European Championship in 2012 before repeating the feat as U21 boss 12 months later.

Zidane’s shock departure came after he had guided Madrid to a third straight Champions League title, but they finished a distant third as Barcelona took the honors in La Liga, and Lopetegui will be charged with closing what was a 17-point gap.

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