Football

Lopetegui is new Spain coach

Former Porto boss Julen Lopetegui was appointed the new coach of Spain yesterday, replacing World Cup and European championship-winning head coach Vicente del Bosque.

The former goalkeeper, who achieved lukewarm success on the pitch, retired from professional football in 2002.

He became coach of Rayo Vallecano - a team in Spain's second-tier division - where he had last played before retiring.

He then moved on to Real Madrid where he coached their reserve team Castilla, the same post that Zinedine Zidane held before moving on to managing the A team.

The 49-year-old subsequently coached the national team's Under-19s, U-20s and U-21s.

And then he moved to FC Porto where he remained until January this year, when he was sacked for not getting good enough results. - AFP.