Julen Lopetegui Appointed Spain's New Manager
Julen Lopetegui had previously coached the Spanish U19, U20 and U21 national teams, and had managed Portuguese club FC Porto, before being sacked in January, earlier this year
- Julen Lopetegui has been appointed as the manager of Spain
- Lopetegui replaces Vicente del Bosque, who resigned last month
- Lopetegui has previously coached the Spanish U19, U20 ans U21 teams
"The Royal Spanish Football Federation has named Julen Lopetegui as new national manager," the national team announced on its official website in a brief statement.
The former goalkeeper, who achieved lukewarm success on the pitch, retired from professional football in 2002.
He became coach of Rayo Vallecano -- a team in Spain's second tier division -- where he had last played before retiring.
He then moved on to Real Madrid where he coached its reserve team Castilla, the same post that Zinedine Zidane held before moving on to managing the A-team.
The 49-year-old subsequently coached the national team's under-19s, under-20s and under-21s.
And then he moved to FC Porto where he remained until January this year, when he was sacked for not getting good enough results.
The post became vacant after Del Bosque resigned following Spain's defeat to Italy in the Euro 2016 last 16.
Former Real Madrid boss Del Bosque led Spain to the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 titles, after taking over from Euro 2008-winning coach Luis Aragones.