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Julen Lopetegui appointed new Spain coach

Spain have confirmed the appointment of Julen Lopetegui as the new manager of the Men’s Senior National Team.

The ex-Barcelona and Real Madrid goalkeeper has been out of job since leaving Porto in January. He was dismissed by Porto and had been linked with English Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers and Middlesborough.

Lopetegui had previously spent time in charge of Spain’s youth teams at a number of age levels, winning the European Under-19 Championships in 2012 and European U-21 Championship in 2013.

The 49 year old replaces Vicente del Bosque who announced last year that he would retire after Euro 2016.

Del Bosque took charge of the Spain national side in 2008 and guided them to victory at both the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship.

He offered to resign after Spain’s exit at the group stage of the 2014 World Cup, but was convinced to stay.

At Euro 2016, Spain reached the last 16, but were eliminated at that stage as they lost 2-0 to Italy.

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