The Beginning Of New Era: Julen Lopetegui Argote

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  1. Ayayain

    Ayayain Member+

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    Nov 29, 2017
    #1 Ayayain, Jun 12, 2018
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    Julen Lopetegui Argote

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    Birthdate
    : august 28, 1966 (51 years old) in Asteasu (Spain, Basque Country).
    Height: 187 cm (6 ft 2 in).
    Playing position before becoming coach: Goalkeeper.​

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    Playing career

    Born in Asteasu, Gipuzkoa, Lopetegui started his professional career at local Real Sociedad, where he was barred by legendary Luis Arconada. In 1985, he accepted an offer from Real Madrid, which immediately incorporated the 19-year-old to its B-team.

    After a loan spell at UD Las Palmas Lopetegui returned, but could never dislodge another veteran, Francisco Buyo, only managing one La Liga appearance during two seasons, a 3–3 away draw against Atlético Madrid as Real was already crowned league champions. He subsequently signed with CD Logroñés, being instrumental as the modest Riojan club consistently managed to retain its top flight status.

    Lopetegui's stellar performances at Logroñés earned him his sole cap with Spain, coming on as a substitute for Andoni Zubizarreta for the final 30 minutes of a 0–2 friendly loss with Croatia in Valencia, on 23 March 1994. He was subsequently picked for the squad at that year's FIFA World Cup.

    As Zubizarreta left for Valencia CF, Lopetegui joined FC Barcelona, battling – and losing – for first-choice status with longtime understudy Carles Busquets. After the Catalans bought FC Porto's Vítor Baía he was further demoted to third-string, and returned to Madrid with Rayo Vallecano, being a starter in two of his five seasons (although he still managed 36 league appearances from 1999 to 2002, with Rayo always in the top division, as he retired subsequently).

    Coaching career

    In 2003, Lopetegui was one of Spain coach Juan Santisteban's assistants at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship. After the tournament, he had his first head coaching spell at Rayo, with the club in the second level, being sacked after the tenth match of the 2003–04 campaign, which ended in relegation to division three; after working as a sports commentator, including for laSexta in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he returned to coaching, with a side he represented in the 1980s, Real Madrid Castilla, now in the third tier.
    From 2010 to 2014, Lopetegui worked with the Spanish youth teams, winning the 2012 European Under-19 Championship and the 2013 Under-21 Championship. He left the Royal Spanish Football Federation on 30 April 2014, following the expiration of his contract.

    Lopetegui returned to club duties on 6 May 2014, being appointed at Portugal's FC Porto. He signed seven Spanish players to the club that summer.

    In his first season at the Estádio do Dragão, with the club's biggest budget ever, Lopetegui led them to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, where they equalized the club's biggest defeat in European competitions (6–1 against AEK Athens FC) and suffered their biggest defeat in the competition (6–1 against FC Bayern Munich). He failed to conquer any silverware, contributing to the biggest hiatus during Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa's presidency.

    On 8 January 2016, after a 1–3 home loss to C.S. Marítimo in the Taça da Liga, as Porto had already been eliminated from the Champions League and was ranked third in the domestic league after an away loss and a home draw, Lopetegui was relieved of his duties, being replaced by Rui Barros. One week later, the club announced that it had terminated the former's contract unilaterally.

    On 21 July 2016, after being strongly linked to English side Wolverhampton Wanderers which had fallen under new ownership, Lopetegui was announced as the new manager of the Spain national team following Vicente del Bosque's retirement. In his first match in charge, on 1 September, he led them to a 2–0 friendly victory over Belgium at the King Baudouin Stadium.

    On 12 June 2018, it was announced that he would take over as the head coach of Real Madrid for the 2018.

    (Description, and biography from Wikipedia)

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    Links for more information

    TransferMarkt: https://www.transfermarkt.com/julen-lopetegui/profil/trainer/6615
    Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julen_Lopetegui
    Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/julenlopetegui

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    Statistics


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    Player career
    
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    Years         Club                League Appearances
    
    1985-1988     Castilla                    61
    1988-1991     Real Madrid                  1
    1988-1989     Last Palmas (Loan)          31
    1991-1994     Logroñés                   107
    1994-1997     Barcelona                    5
    1997-2002     Rayo Vallecano             112
     
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  2. Zidane05

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  3. Sawiris

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    Quick correction: 185 cm = 6 ft 1 in and 188 cm = 6 ft 2 in.
     
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  4. saadomar

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    Mar 21, 2013
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    This is gonna be liiiiit

    Isco is about to disco so hard! Now I NEED España to win the WC.
     
  5. Starwalker

    Starwalker Member

    Apr 20, 2011
    Welcome, Julen. You will be cussed out and loved. Good luck!
     
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  6. natenate101

    natenate101 Moderator
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    His age is incorrect in the original post. Should be 51.
     
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  7. Oscar

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    I like him as a signing, especially considering the alternatives. But I would have liked him to stay for Spain as well, especially if he has a good WC.
     
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  8. Ayayain

    Ayayain Member+

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    Thanks guys. A bit in a hurry, so I made some mistakes.

    I'll update the OP with more details, and images.
     
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  9. MiamiNative0722

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  10. Saeta Rubia

    Saeta Rubia Member+

    May 28, 2010
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    Nice. I'd be calling him Julen as well. Easier to type.
     
  11. kurskolajno

    kurskolajno Member

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    And no one else knew yet marca as and all the shitpapers posted daily updates of their fantasies.

    Do we need anymore proof that they have no sources inside the club and basically know ******** all.
     
  12. natenate101

    natenate101 Moderator
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    I'm surprised he is jumping ship so quickly from Spain. I don't mean that in a bad way, just that he seems to have really worked his way up the NT ladder and now has a young crop of players to work with. Guess his overall aim is to have success at club level. Really want to see Spain do well this summer, now especially.
     
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  13. Saeta Rubia

    Saeta Rubia Member+

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    Three year deal.

    1006563674771902464 is not a valid tweet id
     
  14. natenate101

    natenate101 Moderator
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    Think I'm gonna start using JL when referencing him. That was another great thing about Zidane, easy to write ZZ, Zizou, Zidane, etc.

    Will the club already start preseason training with the World Cup going on? Man, gonna be hard for him to prep with the WC going on. This will be interesting. Gonna assume Flo and co approached him with a plan, got his preliminary input and will work on assembling the squad now while JL focuses on Spain.
     
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  15. Starwalker

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    Apr 20, 2011
    As some mentioned earlier re Pocchetino, this train only passes once.
     
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  16. Saeta Rubia

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  17. Zidane05

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    I think unlike some other coaches who were scared of the challenge, he knows that when Real Madrid call, they might only call once. Gotta respect that aspect of it.
     
  18. MiamiNative0722

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  19. Zidane05

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    Haha when I saw this clip, I knew it was going to be a meme. Get ready focus, this is all we're going to see next season.
     
  20. fierro

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    If this is true what a clusterfck. Couldn't keep a lid on it for 30 days (or less).


    The sources are the players who apparently could not keep their mouths shut.

    How are players like Pique, Alba, or any not a Real Madrid player going to respond? How is going to seem impartial when making squad selections? What happens if Spain crashes out at the group stage like in 2014?

    Good luck to Julen and I absolve him of any blame at this point (and Zidane was already an impossible act to follow) but it doesn't seem the situation was managed very well, at all.
     
  21. Starwalker

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    Apr 20, 2011
    Anyone has a short analysis of his tactics/preferences? I haven't been following Julen (;)) tbh.
     
  22. Nathanial Essex

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    When was the last time we had a manager compete 3 full seasons?
     
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  23. Saeta Rubia

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    Mourinho.
     
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  24. robnycus

    robnycus Member+

    Jun 28, 2010
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    I am just so glad and relieved they didnt appoint Guti.
    Welcome Lopetegui and good luck.
     
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  25. AppleBob86

    AppleBob86 Member

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    Jan 11, 2018
    There was an interview with Hierro a couple of days ago. Wonder if he knew something?

    I would love Guti as one of his assistants.
     
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