05/22 05:48 CDT Julen Lopetegui's contract with Spain extended until 2020
Julen Lopetegui's contract with Spain extended until 2020
MADRID (AP) --- The Spanish soccer federation has extended the contract of
national team coach Julen Lopetegui until 2020.
The federation made the announcement Tuesday, less than a week before Spain
begins its preparations for next month's World Cup in Russia.
Lopetegui took over as coach after the team's elimination from the 2016
European Championship. He led the national team on an 18-match unbeaten streak
and comfortably qualified for the World Cup in a group that included Italy.
Lopetegui was picked as Vicente Del Bosque's replacement mostly because of his
success with Spain's youth squads. He won European championships with the
under-19 and under-21 teams in the early 2010s.
Lopetegui had a lackluster stint with Portuguese club Porto in his only job
with a top team.