Spain settle on Lopetegui

Former world and European champions Spain are set to enter a new era after announcing the appointment of Julen Lopetegui as national team manager.

Lopetegui has been out of a job since parting ways with Portuguese giants FC Porto in January this year and succeeds Vicente del Bosque at the helm of La Furia Roja.

The Spaniard, who turned out for both Real Madrid and Barcelona during his playing days as a goalkeeper, has some experience at international level, where he oversaw the country's youth teams at various age groups from 2010 to 2014.

"The RFEF has named the new national team coach as Julen Lopetegui. The coach will be presented today, Thursday July 21, at 18:30 [CEST] at Las Rozas," read a statement on the Spanish FA's official website.

Del Bosque confirmed his intention to retire from management after Euro 2016, where the defending champions crashed out at the last-16 stage following a 2-0 defeat to Italy. The 65-year-old led his country to the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 titles and compatriot Lopetegui has big shoes to fill.

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