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Julen Lopetegui Biography, Age, Teams Coached and Real Madrid Manager


Julen Lopetegui Biography

 Julen Lopetegui Argote was Born on 28 August 1966. He is a Spanish former footballer who played as a goalkeeper and is the current Manager of the Spain national team. He will assume control as the new manager of Real Madrid upon the finish of Spain’s involvement at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He will replace Zinedine Zidane after his resignation a month ago. Will he fit the legend’s shoes? well time will tell.

Julius Lopetegui Personal Information

Full name

Julen Lopetegui Argote

Date of birth | Age

28 August 1966 (age 51)

Place of birth

Asteasu, Spain
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information

Current team

Spain National Football Team (manager) | Appointed as Real Madid Manager

Youth career

Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 Real Madrid Castilla 61 (0)
1988–1991 Real Madrid 1 (0)
1988–1989 → Las Palmas (loan) 31 (0)
1991–1994 Logroñés 107 (0)
1994–1997 FC Barcelona 5 (0)
1997–2002 Rayo Vallecano 112 (0)
Total 317 (0)
National team
1985 Spain national Under 21 1 (0)
1994 Spain National Team 1 (0)
1993–2000 Basque Country 3 (0)

Julen Lopetegui

Julen Lopetegui Teams Coached

2003 Spain U17 (assistant)
2003 Rayo Vallecano
2008–2009 Real Madrid B
2010–2013 Spain National Under 19
2010–2013 Spain  National Under 20
2012–2014 Spain National under 21
2014–2016 FC Porto
2016– Spain National Football Team
2018 Appointed to replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid Manager.



Julen Lopetegui Managerial statistics


As of match played 9 June 2018
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Rayo Vallecano 2003 2003 11 2 2 7 10 17 −7 18.18
Real Madrid B 2008 2009 38 18 9 11 60 45 +15 47.37
Spain U19 2010 2013 11 8 3 0 29 9 +20 72.73
Spain U20 2010 2013 10 7 2 1 22 8 +14 70.00
Spain U21 2012 2014 11 11 0 0 34 7 +27 100.00
Porto 2014 2016 77 53 15 9 157 52 +105 68.83
Spain 2016 Present 20 14 6 0 61 13 +48 70.00
Career total 179 113 38 28 375 154 +221 63.13


Julen Lopetegui Coaching Career

Lopetegui was one of Spain coach Juan Santisteban’s aides at the 2003 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. After the competition, he had his first head coaching spell at Rayo Vallecano, with the club in the second level, he was sacked after the tenth match of the 2003– 04 campaign, which finished in relegation to division three. After working as a sports commentator which included laSexta in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he came back to coaching, with a side he played for in the 1980s, Real Madrid Castilla, now in the third tier.

From 2010 to 2014, Lopetegui worked with the Spanish youth groups, winning the 2012 European Under-19 Championship and the 2013 Under-21 Championship. He left the Royal Spanish Football Federation on 30 April 2014, after the lapse of his contract.

Lopetegui came back to club obligations on 6 May 2014, being named at Portugal’s FC Porto manager. He signed seven Spanish players to the club that summer.

In his first season at the Estádio do Dragão, with the club’s most spending plan ever, Lopetegui drove them to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, where they suffered the club’s greatest thrashing in European rivalries (6– 1 against AEK Athens FC) and endured their greatest defeat in the competition (6– 1 against FC Bayern Munich). He failed to win any silverware, adding to the greatest hiatus 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 just been eliminated from the Champions League and was positioned third in the domestic league after an away loss and a home draw, Lopetegui was relieved of his obligations, Rui Barros replaced him. One week later, the club declared that it had ended the former’s agreement unilaterally.

On 21 July 2016, in the wake of 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 control, on 1 September, he drove them to a 2– 0 neighborly triumph over Belgium at the King Baudouin Stadium.

On 12 June 2018, it was announced that he would assume control as the manager of Real Madrid on a three-year contract, after the conclusion of Spain’s involvement at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Here are some reactions after news of his Appointment on Twitter



Moses Njoroge is the Senior Editor at Glob Intel, a news and IT service provider company. He has a wide range of experience in freelance writing, Web/System Development and other related IT services.

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