Javier Lozano, who has masterminded Spain's dominance of international futsal, has stepped down to become director of Real Madrid CF's professional football department.
The 46-year-old, who began his career playing football but won unofficial global and continental titles with Spain after switching to futsal, became national coach in 1992. Since then he has won the 1996, 2001 and 2005 UEFA European Futsal Championships and the 2000 and 2004 FIFA Futsal World Cups, and has led Spain in 200 games, registering 173 victories.
He was due to lead Spain's defence of the European title in Porto this November but the former Caja Toledo and Interviú Fadesa coach has joined Madrid with immediate effect, having previously gained football experience as part of José Antonio Camacho's coaching team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Spain's next futsal fixtures are friendlies against Uzbekistan in Murcia on 24 and 25 September. Madrid said: "Amongst his responsibilities are to optimise the relationship between the professional teams and the club - working with the coaching staff, managers and training camp director Valter di Salvio - and to help manage the first team and Real Madrid Castilla."
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