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MADRID --- Spain s new football coach Julen
Lopetegui has promised to build on the success of
predecessor Vicente del Bosque after being named
as his replacement yesterday.
Del Bosque s eight-year stint included World Cup
and European Championship titles.
Lopetegui said at his presentation that he won t
immediately overhaul a squad that has lost its dom-
"There won t be a revolution, there will be an evo-
lution," Lopetegui said after being introduced by fed-
eration president Maria Angel Villar.
"The base of the national team is clear and still
in its best moment. We are not thinking about a
transition. Instead we are thinking about how to
resolve each match ahead."
Del Bosque stepped down following Spain s elim-
ination in the round of 16 of the European Cham-
pionship. That came two years after failing to move
beyond the group phase at the 2014 World Cup.
"We are going to benefit from all the good things
that Spanish football has been doing for many years,
DORTMUND --- Borussia Dortmund is bringing
back forward Mario Goetze from Bayern Munich.
Goetze left Dortmund for Bayern in 2013 but never
settled down and was mostly a bench player under
previous coach Pep Guardiola. New Bayern coach
Carlo Ancelotti had a talk with Goetze before assuming
the post and reportedly did not try to keep the forward
who scored the winning extra-time goal that gave
Germany the World Cup title over Argentina at the
2014 World Cup in Brazil.
"It s a good solution for everyone involved," Bayern
chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
At the European Championship in France that
ended earlier this month, Goetze did not play a major
Dortmund said yesterday that Goetze will sign a
four-year contract once he s passed the medical
examination and is expected to start training in early
Details of the deal were not released. But Dortmund
is likely to have paid considerably less than the 37
million euros (US$40.75 million) it got from Bayern
for Goetze three years ago.
Goetze still had one season on his contract with
His decision to leave his hometown club and move
to Bayern met with heavy criticism from Dortmund
fans at the time.
"Today, three years later and at 24, I look at that
decision in a different light," Goetze said. "I can
understand that many fans could not accept my deci-
sion. I wouldn t reach it today either."
Goetze said that he would try to win back fans
through his performances.
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said that
he d been hoping Goetze would return one day ever
Dortmund is rebuilding after the departures of
defender Mats Hummels and midfielders Ilkay Gun-
dogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Goetze has scored 44 goals in 156 Bundesliga
matches for Dortmund and Bayern. He has five Bun-
desliga titles with both clubs and three German Cup
Mario Goetze returns
but logically we are going to adapt it to each rival,"
Lopetegui said. "Football doesn t stop. We are very
proud of the past, but we are looking toward the
present and the future."
The 49-year-old Lopetegui had been without a
job since January after being fired from FC Porto,
his only head coaching job with a major club. He
failed to win a title during almost two years in Por-
A former goalkeeper who started a handful of
games for Real Madrid and Barcelona, Lopetegui
played for Spain in the 1994 World Cup and coached
Spain s youth squads from 2010-14.
Del Bosque left after leading Spain s most successful
generation of players to titles at the 2010 World Cup
and the 2012 European Championship, completing
a run of three major titles by Spain started under
Luis Aragones at Euro 2008.
One of Lopetegui s main tasks will be to rebuild
the team as many of its top players have started to
fade. His familiarity with some of Spain s younger
players from his stint as its youth team coach ---
including David de Gea and Alvaro Morata --- could
help him move on from an aging group led by the
32-year-old Andres Iniesta.
"We know many of the players," Lopetegui said.
"I am convinced that this generation of Spanish foot-
ball is good, as well as the one that is coming."
Lopetegui refused to talk about the role of individual
players, saying now was not the appropriate time.
His first match will be Spain s friendly in Belgium
on September 1. Four days later Spain starts its 2018
World Cup qualifying campaign with a home match
Spain turns to Lopetegui to replace Del Bosque
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