Vicente del Bosque Steps Down as Spain’s Manager

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has decided to retire from football management.

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Vicente del Bosque. (Photo: AP) 

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has decided to retire from football management after the defending champions were knocked out of Euro 2016 by Italy at the finals in France.

Of course, I have no intention of continuing (as Spain coach). It was a decision I had taken beforehand. I still have a contract until July 31 (when) I will retire from football. It was difficult to win again. We didn’t have a good performance against Italy but the group stages were good.
Vicente del Bosque

Spain, who were trying to win their third straight European title, lost 2-0 to Italy in the last 16 on Monday.

It was difficult to win again. We didn’t have a good performance against Italy but the group stages were good.
Vicente del Bosque

Spain won their opening two games against the Czech Republic and Turkey but lost their final group match to Croatia, who pipped them to top spot in the section leaving Del Bosque’s team with a tricky clash against familiar foes Italy in the last 16.

Del Bosque led his country to their first World Cup title in 2010 and followed that triumph by clinching Spain’s second successive European Championship two years’ later.

Spain’s coach Vicente del Bosque (L) next to Spain’s captain Iker Casillas lifts the World Cup trophy after arriving at Madrid’s Barajas airport on 12 July 2010. (Photo: Reuters) 
Spain’s coach Vicente del Bosque (L) next to Spain’s captain Iker Casillas lifts the World Cup trophy after arriving at Madrid’s Barajas airport on 12 July 2010. (Photo: Reuters) 

At that point, the Spaniards were the dominant side in world football, with their high-tempo possession game providing a template that many teams tried to emulate.

Their air of invincibility was punctured at the World Cup in 2014, however, when they were knocked out in the group stage after losing their opening two matches.

Del Bosque, who won two Champions League crowns and two La Liga titles in a four-year spell in charge of Real Madrid from 1999, was persuaded to stay on as Spain boss and led them into Euro 2016 where they failed to deliver.

They were well-beaten by an organised Italy side and looked a shadow of Del Bosque’s previous teams.

However the European Championship worked out, I had no doubt about my future. It was a decision I had taken beforehand. I don’t want to hide, nor make an exhibition of myself. I’ve tried to deal with this issue with discretion because we are talking about a federation and we have to respect it.
Vicente del Bosque

Former Sevilla coach Joaquin Caparros and current Granada manager Paco Jemez both said earlier on Thursday that they were interested in the position if Del Bosque was to leave.

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