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Julen Lopetegui
Gender Male
Ethnic Spanish
Job Spanish Football Coach
  Spain Manager
Desc Having won the Under-21 Euros in 2013, and the Under-19 Euros, Julen Lopetegui was a sensible choice to succeed Vicente del Bosque now that many of those players have come of age and contributed at a senior level. Seven players from his Under-21 side now light up top-level European football and are deservedly in the squad for Russia: David de Gea, Nacho, Dani Carvajal, Isco, Thiago, Koke and Rodrigo


Org Spain National Team
Club as Coach Seville FC
  Real Madrid


Father Jose Antonio Lopetegui

2017 03 25 Retrieve

[Spain coach Julen Lopetegui speaks about forward Diego Costa’s qualities as a player] If you are with us it is because we consider that your presence is important. We love you just the way you are. He has many good things and many to improve. We want him a little angry. Not a lot, but a little, yes, because he expresses this in his football as always. We love that part of Diego and we look for it

2017 08 26 Retrieve

[Julen Lopetegui tells about the inclusion of New York City forward David Villa in his latest squad] We always said that we would not close the door to anyone. We felt we needed him now and we think he will help us. He is having magnificent performances with his team and he is very motivated. It’s true that he comes from a different league [MLS] but that is the way it is. I have spoken to David and we have seen him play

2018 06 14 Retrieve

[Lopetegui, who last month signed a contract extension with Spain until 2022, admitted was disappointed not to have the chance to lead his country at the World Cup but defended his conduct in negotiations with Madrid] Yesterday was the saddest day of my life, since the death of my mother. But this is the happiest day.

When there was something to say the first person to know was Rubiales. I wanted to give a press conference that day but could not. I am clear that the only motive to announce it was to be honest and transparent.

I am very relaxed, all of us are, we have acted in a fully professional and honest way. If someone wants to understand things another way, they can. But we have been professional, honest, and clear

I will support this magnificent group of players. In two years I have had four presidents in the federation. We survived with the strength of the squad, the team and that strength can make them world champions

I came here aged 18 to play for Castilla, to experience the values and the loyalty. I had the fortune to coach Castilla, and now have this great responsibility to coach Real Madrid. It is a closed cycle, and I am very happy. Cristiano is a player I have always admired, and clearly the best in the world should be at Real Madrid

2018 10 22 Retrieve

[Julen Lopetegui 2 days before get sacked as Madrid Coach] I have more energy than ever. If you’re looking for a sunken man, don’t look at me

2018 10 24 Retrieve

[Will Lopetegui be sat on the bench on Sunday?] That question is not for me. Tomorrow I am going to prepare for what is a very important game on Sunday

2018 10 29 Retrieve

[When Lopetegui was unveiled at the Bernabéu the day after he had been sent home from Russia] Yesterday the saddest day of my life; today is the happiest

2018 10 29b Retrieve

[Jose Antonio defended his son, claiming that the sale of Ronaldo and the failure to adequately replace him left Julen Lopetegui with a mountain to climb in the opening months of the 2018-19 campaign] Cristiano Ronaldo was good. Was he cocky? We all have defects, but it turns out he scored 50 goals a season. He is missing. You are missing a prominent goalscorer. They haven’t bought one, not a single one. There was talk of Neymar and others, but no one came. They have stolen 50 goals from my son!

[Loepetgui Sr went on to stress the fact that although the sale of Ronaldo is not an excuse for Madrid’s recent failures, it is a significant factor] He had to settle with what he had and don’t get me wrong, he is delighted with the players he had. He usually says: ‘I have great people, they give everything they’ve got.’ He doesn’t blame the players. But when there is no material, there isn’t. There was but he left

: 2019 06 04 Julen Lopetegui is back in management at Sevilla, with the former Real Madrid boss penning a three-year deal with the Liga outfit

2019 06 05 Retrieve

[Newly installed Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui on Sevilla Team] I know what coming to Sevilla means. As an opponent I’ve been on the receiving end. Now we need to work alongside Monchi, who is number one in his job. We’re going to have a fantastic squad I’m sure. The Sevilla academy has always had answers. It has always contributed important and solid players consistently. We’ll be very alert to it, like we should be. If someone comes in it will be because they’re going to make us better, that is certain.

Pablo Sarabia and Ever Banega are two excellent parts of the squad Monchi is trying to build

2019 07 21 Retrieve

[Liverpool vs Sevilla. Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui was similarly circumspect after watching his side beat FC Dallas 3-1] The important thing to take from this match is that everyone played. It’s all the better that we gave minutes to all players. There are positives to take but we must be back. It’s important to fine tune and make sure there are no injuries

2019 07 22 Retrieve

[Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui said Joris Gnagnon was ‘very, very worried’ after his horror challenge left Liverpool teenager Yasser Larouci on a stretcher] [Gnagnon] was very, very worried and knows it could have been a bad injury. I am worried about the player [Larouci] but I asked Jurgen [Klopp] and he said the player is okay, it isn’t a bad injury and I am happy for that. That’s the most important thing. The referee thought it was a red card and I haven’t seen a replay but it’s possible it was a red card

2019 09 22 Retrieve

[Sevilla vs Real Madrid. Julen Lopetegui would surely love to get one over his former club following his exit last season after a similar run of form to the one Zidane is currently enjoying] There is no room for extra motivation when you coach Sevilla, something I can hopefully do for many years. There are three points at stake and that is enough motivation, even if we know the impact of facing Real Madrid. I always have a very good memory of all the clubs where I have been, as I stay with the positive. I try to be responsible and ambitious, and [Sunday] will be no exception. The central characters are the players, not the coaches

2019 10 06 Retrieve

[Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui hailed his side’s bright start, in which Luuk de Jong squandered three good opportunities to put the visitors ahead] The first 30 to 35 minutes were ours. We had very clear chances and we didn’t score. And in such a scenario when you don’t take advantage, the laws of football take effect

2019 11 11 Retrieve

[Seville coach Julen Lopetegui wins the 130th derby against Rea Betis] You can’t fail to see what this means; we know what this game is. Those of us that are new have done a crash course in the Seville derby

It was exciting, emotional. We showed great personality at an important moment. There’s a lot of passion, it’s very special. It’s been fantastic and we got a happy ending, too - and when you get a happy ending you enjoy it even more. We’re very happy and we saw what it means for the fans, the team, the city

2020 01 18 Retrieve

[Head coach Julen Lopetegui insisted there was no clear reason why Sevilla’s opening goal should have been ruled out] I feel sad. When you lose a game, you’re sad. We played quite a good first half. We deactivated Real Madrid, we scored an absolutely legal goal. I don’t know if ‘shame’ is the right word. If I said that [at the time], it’s not appropriate, but there’s no reason to disallow the goal. We’ve seen it and it was legal. It’s a great goal, a play we worked on throughout the week and I still don’t know why it was ruled out

2020 04 27 Retrieve

[Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui has warned La Liga that clubs will need at least five weeks’ notice to prepare for a return to action] The circumstances and guarantees have to be in place and then we have to have a certain amount of time. The end of the season is going to be an experiment because we do not know what’s going to happen. We have to be calm and wait, giving importance to public health. What I can assure is this will be nothing like a return after a summer break. Neither the form nor the mind is going to be 20 per cent of what it would be in a normal pre-season. We are clear on that. I think when the circumstances allow, with the guarantees from the government, a period of adaption will be necessary to preserve the other part of the health, not just the virus. Don’t forget that in La Liga and the Segunda, everyone imagines [us having] big houses, but that’s not the majority. We are all humans, with concerns, there have been cases [of the virus] in teams. All that’s going on is not removed from any profession and it affects the players. We will have to speak about preparation time but, as a manager, I see we will need a minimum of five weeks to be in a situation where we can play every three days in a setting that no one has experienced before, not just playing behind closed doors, but after everything this nightmare has provoked. We have to be in the best physical condition