Spain national team coach Julen Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid manager after the World Cup, the Spanish club announced on Tuesday, just two days before the tournament begins in Russia. Madrid had been looking for a replacement since Zinedine Zidane stepped down from the position last month, just days after winning a third consecutive Champions League trophy.
Atletico Madrid have won UEFA's Europa League for the third time in eight years, comfortably beating Olympique Marseille 3-0 in Lyon. Marseille came into the match desperate to end French football's 25-year trophy drought on the European stage, Intertoto Cups notwithstanding. Ultimately it was the Spanish side's experience and technical quality in such arenas that won them the cup. For the Spaniards it is a virtuous circle, for the French it is a vicious one.