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Sevilla Appoint Julen Lopetegui As Manager

Julen Lopetegui

Sevilla have appointed former and coach Julen Lopetegui as their new manager. The 52-year-old has signed a three-year-deal with the club, who announced his arrival on Tuesday.

Lopetegui has been out of work since being dismissed by Madrid at the end of October following a 5-1 El Clasico loss against Barcelona – leaving the club languishing in ninth place in La Liga after ten matches.

Lopetegui’s appointment at the outgoing European champions came in acrimonious circumstances, coming on the eve of the World Cup, where he was set to manage the Spanish national team, last summer.

The Spanish FA took the decision to dismiss Lopetegui two days before their opener against Portugal, after his appointment by Madrid was announced without their knowledge.

Last month, Lopetegui was linked by El Mundo Deportivo with taking over the Bayern Munich job this summer from Niko Kovac.

Former Roma boss Eusebio Di Franscesco had also been linked to Sevilla, with Joaquin Caparros confirmed as not continuing in the role next season.