Spain boss Lopetegui to take Real reins after World Cup

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Before he took over as Spain boss, Lopetegui was Porto manager for two years.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid boss after the World Cup.

Previously, French manager Zinidine Zidane shocked the footballing world by announcing his resignation from Real Madrid.

Lopetegui is in Russian Federation with the Spain squad, where he will oversee their challenge but will then leave his post with the national team and take over at the Santiago Bernabeu, per Marca.

Madrid had been looking for a replacement since Zinedine Zidane stepped down from the position last month, just days after winning a third consecutive Champions League trophy.

Julen Lopetegui will join the club after the participation of the Spanish team in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team. Before that, he was in charge of Spain's U21s, who won the 2013 European Championships.

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He also played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona, although he only played one league game for Madrid, and five for Barcelona.

Spain are the only team in Russian Federation who have remained undefeated from Euro 2016 to the World Cup.

A trusted youth coach, he has also managed Spain at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level, though he failed to win any silverware at FC Porto and was sacked.

However, Lopetegui's appointment is another surprise from Los Blancos, particularly as he only signed a new deal to remain in charge of Spain until 2020 in May, per BBC Sport.

They face a World Cup group containing Iberian rivals Portugal, as well as Morocco and Iran.

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