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Julen Lopetegui is a football manager.

Julen Lopetegui is one of the technicians with the greatest projection of the national and international scene. He has coached Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid Castilla, the lower categories of the Spanish National Team (U19, U20 and U21) with notable success, to Porto, a historical of Portuguese football, and the Spanish National Team during the qualification round for the 2018 World Cup.

The triumphs achieved in the lower categories, and having worked with most of the players that make up the current selection, have been the best guarantee for Julen was appointed national coach. Julen took the reins of football in Spain and was chosen by the Federation as the relief of Vicente del Bosque in the post of national coach.

Lopetegui managed to classify Spain as the first group for the 2018 World Cup and the team remained unbeaten during his time as a coach, after having measured, in official or friendly matches, teams from the level of Italy, Colombia, France, England or Belgium.

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.
  • 2016-2018. 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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