12 Junio, 2018
Two stints with Spain - one while still at Madrid - could not match the 1964 team's glory, but they came close. And as they had hoped, the European champions have announced the Frenchman's successor ahead of this summer's World Cup.
Having been knocked back in their attempts to lure Maurcio Pochettino from Tottenham, Madrid also saw a number of other targets - including Germany's Joachim Low and Brazil boss Tite - rule themselves out.
'I enjoyed the time I spent with them; there were job offers from the Premier League but their project was especially attractive.
"Messi is the best player in history", Lopetegui said.
Luiz has struggled for form and fitness throughout the campaign and has fallen considerably down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge following a string of injuries.
Time will tell, just as it did with Zidane, but right now, the appointment of Lopetegui looks like a risky one for both Madrid and Spain.
"Football is football and a thousand things can happen".
Get the latest World Cup news updates. Lopetegui will be up against Cristiano Ronaldo, and surely one of his first tasks as Real Madrid manager will be convincing the forward to stay.
He is said to have signed a three-year contract with the Los Blancos.
'Julen Lopetegui will join the club after Spain's participation in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team'.
The move comes as a surprise, with Lopetegui not featuring prominently among the host of managers linked with the role since the departure of Zinedine Zidane days after Madrid's 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final.
Lopetegui will take over a Real Madrid side who have dominated in Europe but finished a distant 17 points behind champions Barcelona in La Liga last season.