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Angels Links: Real Madrid hire Spain’s Julen Lopetegui to replace Zinedane Zidane

Real Madrid officially have their man, but will have to see what happens in the World Cup first.

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Real Madrid hire Spain coach Julen Lopetegui to replace Zinedane Zidane after World Cup

Real Madrid have announced that Spain manager Julen Lopetegui will take charge of Los Blancos after the World Cup in Russia, replacing Zinedane Zidane. Zidane stepped down as Madrid manager last month just days after winning a third consecutive Champions’ League title. Lopetegui has guided Spain through the qualification stage of the World Cup without a loss, with 14 wins and six draws since taking the reigns after Euro 2016. The Basque manager also agreed to a new contract with Spain through Euro 2020, which Real Madrid will pay the Federation compensation for. Spain opens its World Cup 2018 campaign on Friday against Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.

Forbes releases annual list of most valuable soccer teams

Forbes has released their 15th annual list of most valuable soccer teams, with Manchester United leading the way for the second consecutive year. The article also says that the top 20 has an average value of $1.69 billion, up 14 percent over the past year and 74 percent since 2013. United is reportedly worth $4.12 billion, with Real Madrid and Barcelona right behind at $4.09 billion and $4.06 billion, respectively. Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Juventus and Tottenham round out the top ten.

Kylian Mbappe leaves France training after suffering tackle from Adil Rami

If you are a France fan, or picked them for the World Cup, you woke up to some troubling news today: Kylian Mbappe had to leave training today after suffering a tackle from defender Adil Rami. According to reports, it was his left ankle that got injured, and he went back to the dressing room instead of continuing training. This is the second injury he has sustained in about a week, as he suffered a knock when playing against the United States, although he played it down as not a big deal. Hopefully, this injury is not bad either, and Mbappe will be able to take the field for France in their opener against Australia.

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