Julen Lopetegui Argote is a Spanish former footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and the manager of Sevilla FC. He played 149 games in La Liga over 11 seasons, appearing in the competition for Real Madrid, Logroñés, Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano. He added 168 matches in Segunda División with three clubs, and represented Spain at the 1994 World Cup. Lopetegui started working as a manager in 2003, and spent several years in charge of Spain's youth teams, leading the under-19 and under-21 sides to European titles. He was also head coach of the senior team for two years, being dismissed before the start of the 2018 World Cup following the announcement of his agreement to join Real Madrid after the tournament.
About Julen Lopetegui
Former professional football player known for his work with both Real Madrid and Spain's national team as a goalkeeper. He later became known for being an assistant to Spain's head coach as well as for being the head coach of Real Madrid.
His career in football began when he was a part of Real Sociedad's youth club. His senior career began in 1985 with the Castilla club. He first played for Real Madrid in 1988 and Spain's national team in 1994. His career as a manager began in 2003 when he was an assistant to Spain's Under 17 national team. In 2018, he became the head coach of Real Madrid.
He has earned several honors as both a player and manager. He was runner-up of the 1985 FIFA World Youth Championships as goalkeeper for Spain's Under 20 national team. As a manager, he won the UEFA European Under 21 Championship during their 2013 season.
He was born and raised in Asteasu, Spain.
He was replaced by Fernando Hierro as coach of Spain's national team to fulfill a three-year contract with Real Madrid.