Real Madrid have named Julen Lopetegui as their new head coach. Lopetegui is currently the Spain manager and will be at the helm of the team ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup that kicks off on June 14th in Russia.
The 51-year-old replaces French legend Zinedine Zidane who quit the job after guiding the Spanish giants to three consecutive UEFA champions league titles.
The former goalkeeper made one senior appearance for Real Madrid but featured for Logrones in 107 matches.
He started his coaching career in 2003 as an assistant manager to Spain’s Under-17 side before climbing up the ladder to manager the Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21. He later on left to join FC Porto.
In July 2016, he took over the mantle of the Spanish national team.
Despite success on the European continent last season, Real Madrid finished third in La Liga, 17 points adrift of eventual champions and arch-rivals Barcelona.