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Iniesta: Lopetegui sacking unsettled Spain players

Posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by Tribalfootball.com57 hits

Vissel Kobe midfielder Andres Iniesta admits Julen Lopetegui's sacking unsettled Spain's players. Fernando Hierro took over the reins of the team ahead of the first match in Russia after Lopetegui was sacked three days before the start of the tournament after deciding to join Real Madrid. "It was a moment that we want to put behind us, it was not comfortable for anyone and we are concentrate...Full Story »

Julen Lopetegui's hometown refuge

Posted Sunday, June 17, 2018 by Marca.com41 hits

Asteasu, a small town in the north of Spain that is less than thirty kilometres from San Sebastian, is the family refuge of Real Madrid's new coach, Julen Lopetegui. His father and two sisters live there, along with his brother Joxean, who spends less time in the town, while his mother has passed away. Forty years ago, his family used to run a restaurant and a bar, while his father was play...Full Story »

Real Madrid hit back as Lopetegui swaps Spain 'sadness' for 'happiest day'

Posted Friday, June 15, 2018 by Goal.com95 hits

Flanked by president Florentino Perez at the Santiago Bernabeu, the 51-year-old was unveiled as the new Blancos boss and gave his version of eventsThe whole situation is still surreal. Julen Lopetegui was expected to be speaking to the press on Thursday ahead of Spain's World Cup opener against Portugal in Sochi. Instead, however, he was presented to the media as the new Real Madrid coach. Lo...Full Story »

Lopetegui out, Hierro in as Spain left reeling in shambolic World Cup preparation

Posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 by ESPN77 hits

Fernando Hierro has taken over from Julen Lopetegui as Spain coach.Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images The most dramatic and potentially destructive 24 hours in Spanish football history has left the national team reeling ahead of their World Cup opener against Portugal on Friday. Real Madrid confirmed on Tuesday that Julen Lopetegui would join them after guiding Spain at the World Cup in Ru...Full Story »

Real Madrid announce Julen Lopetegui as new coach

Posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by Marca.com119 hits

Real Madrid have made the surprise announcement on Tuesday afternoon of Julen Lopetegui's appointment as their next coach. With Spain currently preparing for their World Cup opener with Portugal on Friday, it had been expected that the 51-year-old would sign a new contract to lead La Roja into the subsequent European Championship. Real Madrid have therefore beaten the RFEF to the punch and c...Full Story »

Carvajal could miss Spain's first two World Cup games - Lopetegui

Posted Saturday, June 09, 2018 by Goal.com48 hits

Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui believes Dani Carvajal will play a part in the World Cup - but the Real Madrid right-back may miss the opening two matches in Group B. Carvajal suffered a hamstring strain during Madrid's 3-1 Champions League final win over Liverpool at the end of last month but joined up with Lopetegui's World Cup squad to continue his rehabilitation. Featuring in Spain's mu...Full Story »

Portugal more than 'one of the best' Ronaldo, says Lopetegui

Posted Saturday, December 02, 2017 by fourfourtwo.com75 hits

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best of all time but there is more to Portugal, Spain coach Julen Lopetegui said. Spain coach Julen Lopetegui feels there is more to Portugal than just Cristiano Ronaldo, although he labelled the forward "one of the best in history". Lopetegui's men were on Friday drawn in a tricky Group B for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where they will face Portugal, Morocc...Full Story »

Lopetegui lauds Pique crowd response

Posted Saturday, October 07, 2017 by fourfourtwo.com72 hits

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui was buoyant, despite a mixed reception for Gerard Pique during Friday's 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Albania. La Roja secured automatic qualification for Russia 2018 with the win, while the Alicante crowd gradually warmed to Pique, prompting Lopetegui to praise the local fans. Outspoken defender Pique – who voted in Sunday's Catalonia independence refer...Full Story »

Albania vs Spain - Julen Lopetegui happy to have Diego Costa in his squad

Posted Sunday, October 09, 2016 by PA68 hits

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui is willing to accept Diego Costa's foibles as he attempts to get the best from the controversial striker. Costa is known for his all-action presence, as much as his goalscoring exploits, on the pitch but when the goals dried up for club and country last season he found himself left out of Vicente del Bosque's Euro 2016 squad. Spain's poor tournament, and Del Bosque ...Full Story »

Spain manager Julen Lopetegui laments late draw with Italy

Posted Friday, October 07, 2016 by ESPN73 hits

Spain Julen Lopetegui lamented that Italy always seem to "have another life" after his side dominated most of the game but drew 1-1 in Thursday's World Cup 2018 Group G qualifier in Turin. Spain dominated possession for much of the game, but needed a mistake from Italy goalkeeper Gigi Buffon to allow Sevilla winger Vitolo to knock the ball to the empty net for the opening goal. Italy equalis...Full Story »

Spain vs Liechtenstein - Lopetegui: Team more important than individuals

Posted Monday, September 05, 2016 by PA54 hits

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has brushed aside the omission of senior goalkeeper Iker Casillas by stressing individuals are less important than the collective unit. Lopetegui left the 35-year-old Porto player out of the squad he selected for his first competitive match since taking over from the retired Vicente del Bosque. Casillas' former Real Madrid team-mate and current Spain centre-back Ser...Full Story »

Lopetegui offers Casillas assistant role with Spain

Posted Thursday, August 25, 2016 by Marca.com124 hits

Iker Casillas could be making a return to the Spanish national team as an assistant. Ahead of announcing his first Spain squad on Friday, Julen Lopetegui has met with a number of players, including the 2010 World Cup-winning captain. Sergio Ramos, Andres Iniesta and Diego Costa have also spoken to the Basque coach since he took over the role from Vicente del Bosque on July 21. As reveale...Full Story »

FC Porto vs Dynamo Kyiv - Lopetegui wary of Dynamo Kiev threat

Posted Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by PA57 hits

Porto coach Julen Lopetegui insists the Group G leaders are taking nothing for granted ahead of their Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday. The Portuguese outfit need only a draw at the Estadio do Dragao to secure qualification for the last 16, while victory would see them win the group if second-placed Chelsea failed to beat Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. But Lopetegui, speaking at...Full Story »

Sevilla vs FC Porto - FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui wary of Maccabi Tel-Aviv's threat

Posted Wednesday, November 04, 2015 by PA48 hits

FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui has warned his players not to underestimate Wednesday's Champions League opponents Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Maccabi, playing in the group stages for the first time in 11 years, go into the Group G contest in Haifa having lost their opening three games, including a 2-0 defeat in Portugal a fortnight ago. Porto are unbeaten and have collected seven points of a possible ni...Full Story »

FC Porto vs Maccabi Tel Aviv - Julen Lopetegui urges supporters to spur Porto to victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv

Posted Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by PA28 hits

Porto will be hoping for a 20th consecutive home victory when they go up against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League on Tuesday. Runners-up in the Primeira Liga last season, Porto go into their Group G encounter at the Estadio do Dragao unbeaten in all competitions and looking to take another step towards the knockout stages in Europe's elite club competition. Porto drew 2-2 at Dynamo Kie...Full Story »

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