Julen Lopetegui Profile.
Former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui will replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid coach after the 2018 World Cup, the Spanish giants said Tuesday. Here is the Profile / Biography, Achievements, and Experience of Julen Lopetegui.
Making the big announcement, the Spanish giants said:
“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,” Real said in a statement.
Julen Lopetegui Profile
- Name in home country: Julen Lopetegui Argote
- Date of birth: Sep 28, 1966
- Place of birth: Asteasu Spain
- Age: 51
- Nationality: Spain Spain
- Avg. term as coach: 1,63 Years
- Trainer licence : UEFA Pro licence
- Preferred formation: 4-3-3 off
Julen Lopetegui Profile: Playing Career
Julen Lopetegui started his professional career at local Real Sociedad, where he was barred by legendary Luis Arconada.
In 1985, he accepted an offer from Real Madrid, which immediately incorporated the 19-year-old to its B-team.
After a loan spell at UD Las Palmas Lopetegui returned, but could never dislodge another veteran, Francisco Buyo, only managing one La Liga appearance during two seasons, a 3–3 away draw against Atlético Madrid as Real was already crowned league champions.
He subsequently signed with CD Logroñés, being instrumental as the modest Riojan club consistently managed to retain its top flight status.
As Andoni Zubizarreta left for Valencia CF in 1994, Lopetegui joined FC Barcelona, battling – and losing – for first-choice status with longtime understudy Carles Busquets.
After the Catalans bought FC Porto’s Vítor Baía he was further demoted to third-string, and returned to Madrid with Rayo Vallecano, being a starter in two of his five seasons (although he still managed 36 league appearances from 1999 to 2002, with Rayo always in the top division, as he retired subsequently)
Julen Lopetegui Profile: Achievements / Trophies Won
During his playing career, Lopetegui won the following trophies:
La LIGA = 1
SPANISH SUPERCOPA = 4
COPA DEL REY = 1
CUP WINNERS CUP = 1
Julen Lopetegui Profile: Coaching Career
Lopetegui was one of Spain coach Juan Santisteban’s assistants at the 2003 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.
After the tournament, he had his first head coaching spell at Rayo, with the club in the second level, being sacked after the tenth match of the 2003–04 campaign, which ended in relegation to division three; after working as a sports commentator, including for laSexta in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he returned to coaching, with a side he represented in the 1980s, Real Madrid Castilla, now in the third tier.
Spanish Youth Team
From 2010 to 2014, Lopetegui worked with the Spanish youth teams, winning the 2012 European Under-19 Championship and the 2013 Under-21 Championship. He left the Royal Spanish Football Federation on 30 April 2014, following the expiration of his contract.
Lopetegui returned to club duties on 6 May 2014, being appointed at Portugal’s FC Porto. He signed seven Spanish players to the club that summer.
In his first season at the Estádio do Dragão, with the club’s biggest budget ever, Lopetegui led them to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, where they equalled the club’s biggest defeat in European competitions losing 6–1 against FC Bayern Munich, (having lost by the same score to AEK Athens FC in 1978).
He failed to win any silverware, contributing to the longest drought during Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa’s presidency.
On 8 January 2016, after a 1–3 home loss to C.S. Marítimo in the Taça da Liga, as Porto had already been eliminated from the Champions League and was ranked third in the domestic league after an away loss and a home draw, Lopetegui was relieved of his duties, being replaced by Rui Barros.
One week later, the club announced that it had terminated the former’s contract unilaterally.
Spain National Team
On 21 July 2016, after being strongly linked to English side Wolverhampton Wanderers which had fallen under new ownership, Lopetegui was announced as the new manager of the Spain national team following Vicente del Bosque’s retirement.
In his first match in charge, on 1 September, he led them to a 2–0 friendly victory over Belgium at the King Baudouin Stadium; the nation qualified for the 2018 World Cup, winning nine and drawing one of their group matches.
On 12 June 2018, with the team already in Russia for the tournament, it was announced that Lopetegui would take over as the head coach of Real Madrid on a three-year contract after the conclusion of Spain’s involvement at the World Cup.
The following day, he was dismissed from his job with the national team and replaced by Fernando Hierro