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Lopetegui appointed Porto boss

FC Porto have appointed former Spain Under-21 boss Julen Lopetegui as their new manager.

Luis Castro had been in control of first-team affairs at the Primeira Liga side on an interim basis following the sacking of Paulo Fonseca, with Lopetegui set to take charge for next season.

The 47-year-old, who played for Real Madrid, Barcelona and the Spanish national team, has built a reputation in the game after guiding Spain's Under-19s and Under-21s to European Championship victories.

Porto have endured a disappointing campaign that is set to end without silverware and president Pinto da Costa says that Lopetegui was his first choice to turn things around.

"Spanish football is perhaps the best league in the world, and it is not by chance that three of the four finalists in European competitions are from Spain," he told the Portuguese media.

"Lopetegui is my first, my second and my third option. I did not give him any margin to say no."