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Julen Lopetegui

Published: Monday 5 November 2012, 12.50CET
Julen Lopetegui
Julen Lopetegui (Spain) ©
Published: Monday 5 November 2012, 12.50CET

Julen Lopetegui


Date of birth: 28 August 1966
Playing career: San Sebastián CF, Castilla CF, UD Las Palmas, Real Madrid CF, CD Logroñés, FC Barcelona, Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, Spain
Coaching career: Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, Real Madrid Castilla, Spain Under-19s, Spain Under-20s, Spain Under-21s

• A native of the Basque country, Lopetegui's promising goalkeeping performances for Real Sociedad de Fútbol's youth sides led to a move to Real Madrid where he joined the club's youth ranks aged 19. He made it into the senior squad at Madrid but, starved of first team opportunities, made the switch to Logroñes where he made 107 Spanish top-flight appearances over three seasons.

•  Those displays earned him a move to FC Barcelona but again found playing time hard to come by, prompting a transfer to Rayo Vallecano where he played 112 times until his retirement in 2002. He earned one senior international cap during his playing career and was part of Spain's 1994 FIFA World Cup squad.

• Following coaching roles with Real Madrid Castilla and a short spell in charge at Rayo, Lopetegui joined the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) in 2010 and led the U19s to the following year's European title in Romania before taking the U20s to the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. Took over the U21 helm from Luis Milla in August 2012, guiding the holders to the Israel finals.

Last updated: 28/11/12 11.57CET

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