Saturday, December 24, 2011

Vicente del Bosque

Vicente del Bosque González, 1st Marquis of Del Bosque (born 23 December 1950) is a former Spanish footballer He is currently the manager of the Spanish national football team. After taking over from Luis Aragonés who had led Spain to European success in Euro 2008, Del Bosque went on to manage the national team to the conquest of their first-ever World Cup in 2010. Del Bosque is also known for having coached Real Madrid from 1999 to 2003, the most successful period in the club's modern era. He has worked for many years with assistant coach Toni Grande. Along with Italian Marcello Lippi, they are the only football managers who have won both the UEFA Champions League and the World Cup.

Playing Career
As a player, Del Bosque was a defender who played in La Liga 441 times with 30 goals. This career included spells at Castilla CF, Córdoba, Castellón, and Real Madrid. He won five league titles (1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80) and four Copa del Rey titles (1973–74, 1974–75, 1979–80, 1981–82) with Real Madrid.

Internationally, Del Bosque received 18 caps with the Spanish national team scoring one goal. He appeared for Spain at Euro 80, which would be a disappointing time for the Spanish exiting at the group stage of the competition.

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