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Julen Lopetegui is the coach of the Spain National Team.


Lopetegui is one of the coaches with more future projection in the national and international panorama. Currently he is Spain’s National Coach. Before of this era, he has coached Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid Castilla, Spain Under-19, Under-20 and Spain Under-21 with success and then, during two seasons, Oporto, a historical club in Portugal.

Julen holds the reins of Spanish football after being named by the Spanish Federation as the replacement of Vicente del Bosque. Lopetegui has a great challenge ahead: qualifying Spain for Russia’s 2018 World Cup and to trying to take Spain back to being as successful as years ago. For the moment, the national team of Spain are first of group (7 wins and 1 draw, with 32 goals scored and only 3 conceeded) and Julen remains undefeated after playing against Italy, Colombia, France, England or Belgium, in official and friendlies.

All the triumphs achieved with Spain’s inferior categories and the fact that he has already worked with many players of the current squad before are some of the reasons for him to become the current coach of Spain. And now, Lopetegui hopes to give back all that trust by maintaining Spain’s way of playing, in which possession must always remain as the protagonist. Nevertheless, he must also take advantage of all the new qualities and virtues of the Spaniards in order to alter the system whenever it is required

Coaching career

  • 2003-04. Rayo Vallecano
  • 2008-09. Real Madrid Castilla
    Sixth in the second group of Segunda B.
  • 2010-14. Spanish young teams coach. U-19 Spain. 2012 European champion. The team beats Greece in the final in Estonia. The team doesn’t lose any game in the tournament. Top scorer team (11 goals).
    U-20 Spain. Reaches the quarterfinal in the World Cup in Colombia (2011). They lose to Brazil on penalties, that won the tournament.
    Quarter-finalist at the 2013 World Cup in Turkey. They lost to Uruguay in the extra time.
    U-21 Spain. European champion in Israel 2013. Win 4-2 to Italy in the final. They won the five games in the tournament with 12 goals scored and just two conceded.
  • 2014-2016. FC Porto
    Second on the league Primeira Liga and quarter-finalist in the Champions League.
  • 2016-present. Spain’s National Coach

Player career

  • 1983-85. Real Sociedad B
  • 1985-88. Real Madrid Castilla
  • 1988-89. UD Las Palmas
  • 1989-91. Real Madrid
    Debuts with Real Madrid in La Liga at the Vicente Calderón (penultimate day 1989-90).
    La Liga Champion 1989-90.
    Spanish Supercup Champion (1990-91 season).
  • 1991-94. CD Logroñés
    107 matches for Logroñés. The team played in Primera those three years.
    Debuts with Spain in March 1994 (in a friendly against Croacia).
    He is on the list for the 1994 World Cup in the US.
  • 1994-97. FC Barcelona
    Debuts in the second leg of the Supercup against Zaragoza (1994-95) .
    Copa del Rey Champion (season 1996-97).
    Two times Spanish Supercup winner (seasons 1994-95 and 1996-97).
    Cup Winners´ Cup Champion (season 1996-97).
  • 1997-02. Rayo Vallecano
    Primera División promotion (season 1998-99).

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