Spain coach Julen Lopetegui extends contract upto 2020

Vastavam web: Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has extended his contract until 2020 in a pre-World Cup boost for one of the tournament favourites.”We are going to sign a contract for two additional years,” said the president of the Spanish football federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales.It is a clear sign of confidence from the Spanish federation in the 51-year-old former goalkeeper as he goes into his first major tournament in charge of the side.”He is the best person to lead the national team.” The new deal takes Lopetegui through to the next European Championships, which will be held across the continent in 2020.

The contract renewal comes a day after Lopetegui announced his 23-man squad for the World Cup.Lopetegui was appointed to the role in the wake of Spain’s poor showing at Euro 2016 in France, when they were eliminated in the last 16.La Roja cruised through qualifying for this year’s World Cup in Russia, with nine wins and a draw in 10 games, scoring 36 goals and conceding three.

Indeed, Spain are still unbeaten under the Basque after 18 matches including friendlies.Spain will face Portugal, Iran and Morocco in Group B at the World Cup, beginning their campaign against their Iberian neighbours in Sochi on June 15.