Julen Lopetegui

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Julen Lopetegui
Julen Lopetegui2014.jpg
Lopetegui with Porto in 2014
Personal information
Full name Julen Lopetegui Argote
Date of birth (1966-08-28) 28 August 1966 (age 52)
Place of birth Asteasu, Spain
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 Castilla 61 (0)
1988–1991 Real Madrid 1 (0)
1988–1989 Las Palmas (loan) 31 (0)
1991–1994 Logroñés 107 (0)
1994–1997 Barcelona 5 (0)
1997–2002 Rayo Vallecano 112 (0)
Total 317 (0)
National team
1985 Spain U21 1 (0)
1994 Spain 1 (0)
Teams managed
2003 Spain U17 (assistant)
2003 Rayo Vallecano
2008–2009 Real Madrid B
2010–2013 Spain U19
2010–2013 Spain U20
2012–2014 Spain U21
2014–2016 Porto

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Julen Lopetegui Argote (born 28 August 1966) is a former Spanish footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and a current manager.

He played 149 games in La Liga during 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 went to spend several years in charge of Spain's youth teams. He led the under-19 and under-21 sides to European titles.

Playing career

Born in Asteasu, Gipuzkoa, Lopetegui started his professional career at local Real Sociedad, where he was barred by legendary Luis Arconada. In 1985, he accepted an offer from Real Madrid, which immediately incorporated the 19-year-old to its B-team.

After a loan spell at UD Las Palmas Lopetegui returned, but could never dislodge another veteran, Francisco Buyo, only managing one La Liga appearance during two seasons, a 3–3 away draw against Atlético Madrid as Real was already crowned league champions.[1] He subsequently signed with CD Logroñés, being instrumental as the modest Riojan club consistently managed to retain its top flight status.[2][3][4]

Lopetegui's stellar performances at Logroñés earned him his sole cap with Spain, coming on as a substitute for Andoni Zubizarreta for the final 30 minutes of a 0–2 friendly loss with Croatia in Valencia, on 23 March 1994.[5] He was subsequently picked for the squad at that year's FIFA World Cup.

As Zubizarreta left for Valencia CF, Lopetegui was signed by the Catalans,[6] battling – and losing – for first-choice status with longtime understudy Carles Busquets.[7] After Barça bought FC Porto's Vítor Baía he was further demoted to third-string, and returned to Madrid with Rayo Vallecano, being a starter in two of his five seasons (although he still managed 36 league appearances from 1999 to 2002, with Rayo always in the top division, as he retired subsequently).

Managerial career

In 2003, Lopetegui was one of Spain coach Juan Santisteban's assistants at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship.[8] After the tournament, he had his first head coaching spell at Rayo, with the club in the second level, being sacked after the tenth match of the 2003–04 campaign,[9] which ended in relegation to division three; after working as a sports commentator, including for laSexta in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he returned to coaching, with a side he represented in the 1980s, Real Madrid Castilla, now in the third tier.[10]

From 2010 to 2014 Lopetegui worked with the Spanish youth teams, winning the 2012 European Under-19 Championship[11] and the 2013 Under-21 Championship.[12] He left the Royal Spanish Football Federation on 30 April 2014, following the expiration of his contract.[13]

On 6 May 2014 Lopetegui returned to club duties, being appointed at Portugal's FC Porto.[14] He signed seven Spanish players to the club that summer.[15]

In his first season at the Estádio do Dragão, with the club's biggest budget ever,[16] Lopetegui led them to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, where they equalized the club's biggest defeat in European competitions (6–1 against AEK Athens FC) and suffered their biggest defeat in the competition (6–1 against FC Bayern Munich).[17] He failed to conquer any silverware, contributing to the biggest hiatus (two years) during Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa's presidency.[18]

On 8 January 2016, after a 1–3 home loss to C.S. Marítimo in the Taça da Liga,[19] as Porto had already been eliminated from the Champions League and was ranked third in the domestic league after an away loss and a home draw, Lopetegui was relieved of his duties, being replaced by Rui Barros.[20]

Honours

Player

Real Madrid
Barcelona
Spain U20

Manager

Spain U19
Spain U21

Managerial statistics

As of 6 January 2016[25]
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Rayo Vallecano 2003 2003 11 2 2 7 10 17 −7 18.18
Real Madrid B 2008 2009 38 18 9 11 60 45 +15 47.37
Spain Spain U19 2010 2013 11 8 3 0 29 9 +20 72.73
Spain Spain U20 2010 2013 10 7 2 1 22 8 +14 70.00
Spain Spain U21 2012 2014 11 11 0 0 34 7 +27 100.000
Porto 2014 2016 78 53 16 9 159 54 +105 67.95
Career totals 159 99 32 28 314 141 +173 62.26

References

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