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12:15 AM, July 22, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:37 PM, July 22, 2016

Spain appoint Lopetegui

Julian Lopetegui has been appointed as Spain's new manager, replacing Vicente del Bosque.

Del Bosque left the role following a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign and now Lopetegui, the former Porto head coach, will look to guide the country towards qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

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Lopetegui has managed Spain at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level - winning the European Championships with the Under-19s and Under-21s - and has now made the step up to the senior side.

Lopetegui guided Porto to the Champions League quarter-finals during the 2014/15 season but a poor run of form last season led him being dismissed in January.

The 49-year-old former goalkeeper, who was on the books at both Real Madrid and Barcelona during his player career, will take control of his first game in September, in a friendly against Belgium.

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