Monday 19 March 2018

Spain choose ex-Real Madrid and Barcelona goalkeeper to succeed their most successful ever manager

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

A new era of Spanish football begins today with the announcement of La Roja's new manager.

After eight years in charge, Vicente del Bosque leaves having won both the European Championship and the World Cup, leaving his replacement with high standards to live up to.

Julen Lopetegui has been announced by the Spanish FA as his replacement, and will lead the team towards the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The former Real Madrid and Barcelona goalkeeper has previously coached Porto, Spain U19 and Spain U21 - winning European titles with the latter two.

Lopetegui isn't taking on the perfect job though, because although Spain is one of football's most talented nations, they have underperformed at their last two tournaments.

In 2014 their World Cup defence ended at the group stage while at Euro 2016, they were eliminated in the round of 16.

Lopetegui won a single cap for Spain in 1994.

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