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Name 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,” he said.

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

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