Vicente del Bosque

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Del Bosque and the second or maternal family name is González.
Vicente del Bosque
Vicente del Bosque Euro 2012 final.jpg
Del Bosque at the UEFA Euro 2012 Final
Personal information
Full name Vicente del Bosque González
Date of birth (1950-12-23) 23 December 1950 (age 63)
Place of birth Salamanca, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Spain (Manager)
Youth career
1966–1968 Salmantino
1968–1969 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1970 Plus Ultra 11 (5)
1970–1984 Real Madrid 312 (14)
1970–1971 Castellón (loan) 13 (4)
1971–1972 Córdoba (loan) 19 (1)
1972–1973 Castellón (loan) 30 (5)
Total 385 (29)
National team
1969 Spain U18 1 (0)
1970–1976 Spain amateur 3 (0)
1975–1980 Spain 18 (1)
Teams managed
1987–1990 Real Madrid B
1994 Real Madrid
1996 Real Madrid (caretaker)
1999–2003 Real Madrid
2004–2005 Beşiktaş
2008– Spain
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Vicente del Bosque González, 1st Marquis of Del Bosque (Spanish pronunciation: [biˈθente ðel ˈβoske ɣonˈθaleθ]; born 23 December 1950) is a former Spanish footballer who is currently the manager of the Spanish national football team. After taking over from Luis Aragonés – who had led Spain to European success in the 2008 European Championship – Del Bosque went on to lead the national team to win their first-ever World Cup in 2010, and then to retain their European Championship in 2012. Del Bosque coached Real Madrid from 1999 to 2003, which was the most successful period in the club's modern era. He is to date the only football manager to have won the Champions League, the European Championship, and the World Cup.

Playing career[edit]

As a player, Del Bosque was a midfielder 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. He also played a European cup final against Liverpool F.C. Internationally, Del Bosque received 18 caps with the Spanish national team, scoring one goal.[1] He appeared for Spain at Euro 80,[2] which would be a disappointing time for the Spanish exiting at the group stage of the competition.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 December 1978 El Helmántico, Salamanca, Spain  Cyprus 2–0 5–0 Euro 1980 qualifying

Managerial career[edit]

Real Madrid[edit]

He served at Real Madrid since 1994 and rose through the ranks at the club; however, he only first managed Madrid for a couple of months in 1994 after the sacking of Benito Floro and before the appointment of Jorge Valdano. He would again manage Real for two games in 1996, while he was the youth team coach, after Jorge Valdano was sacked and before Arsenio Iglesias took the job until the end of that season. But in 1999–00, the club management decided to give him the full-time job after difficulties with their coach, John Toshack, with Del Bosque taking over in November 1999.

In his four seasons in charge, Del Bosque ushered the club through its most successful spell in modern history, having steered the club to two UEFA Champions League titles in 2000 and 2002, two domestic La Liga titles in 2001 and 2003, a Spanish Supercup in 2001, a UEFA Super Cup in 2002, the Intercontinental Cup in 2002 as well as finishing in the last four of the UEFA Champions League every year he was in charge. Not since the great Madrid side of the 1950s and 1960s that had Alfredo Di Stéfano and Ferenc Puskás did the club succeed so consistently. Del Bosque was credited with a humble, patient and unassuming style[3] which saw him manage the club as it underwent a policy during Florentino Pérez's tenure as club President that was known as Los Galácticos, where the world's best and most marketable stars were signed for the club beginning with Luís Figo and including David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo. In the Del Bosque era Real managed 104 wins out of a possible 186 in his time as coach of Madrid.[3] Despite the level of success, many players – in particular the so-called Galácticos – were bought without the input of Del Bosque amid often made allegations that the Real Madrid hierarchy (in particular Pérez and general manager Jorge Valdano) had more control over transfer policy, team selection and other aspects of club that minimised the level of control Del Bosque had during his time as manager.[4]

Real Madrid decided not to renew Del Bosque's contract in 2003,[3] just a day after he won the club its 29th Liga title and a week after the club signed David Beckham. Del Bosque was offered the post of technical director[5] but turned it down, leading to many suggestions in the Spanish media that there was indeed a much rumoured political split at the club involving Del Bosque and several players, especially captain Fernando Hierro (who was asked to leave the club in the summer of 2003), on one side, while Valdano and Pérez wielded the axe of control to in their words, "shake up the team," on the other. Pérez said in an interview with BBC Sport: "Del Bosque was showing signs of exhaustion. I want to be sincere about this – our belief that he was not the right coach for the future."

The BBC article states: "It is a strange tale from start to finish – how the shy, mustachioed man from Salamanca came to be in charge of the most expensive and talented bunch of footballers in the modern game, won the biggest trophies on offer and then got the boot in favour of a man yet to be named. With the Real superstars, Del Bosque was extremely popular – partly because he was happier to let them get on with it. Cool as a cryogenically-frozen cucumber, he managed to avoid confrontations with his charges, despite the stellar egos in the squad, and never once lost his calm in front of the media."

Since Del Bosque's departure, Real Madrid changed seven coaches in the four-year period since his departure and did not win any major trophies until they won the La Liga title in 2007, under new coach Fabio Capello (who was also sacked afterwards). They had also been defeated in the Round of 16 in the Champions League every year since the 2004–05 season (one year after Del Bosque was sacked), until the 2010–11 Champions League season, which saw Real Madrid defeat Olympique Lyonnais in the Round of 16 under new manager José Mourinho. Ironically, it would take until Real Madrid had manager Carlo Ancelotti, during the 2013-2014 campaign, before the club won another Champions League title.

Beşiktaş and hiatus[edit]

After Iñaki Sáez resigned in the wake of a terrible performance at UEFA Euro 2004, which saw Spain having their worst result in the tournament since 1988, Del Bosque was approached as a possible manager of the national side. He was not interested in the job, however, and the job was subsequently given to Luis Aragonés.

With Beşiktaş, Del Bosque arrived in Turkey to much fanfare and hope, but failure to deliver results saw him get the sack towards the tail end of the 2004–05 season.

After Mexico were eliminated by Argentina in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Del Bosque was approached with an offer to become their manager, but declined.

During the 2007 Real Madrid crisis, Del Bosque spoke on the line saying that the departure of Ronaldo was a mistake, and he was one of the candidates to replace Fabio Capello as manager of the team. Bernd Schuster, however, was awarded the job on 9 July 2007.

Spanish national football team[edit]

On 11 March 2008, Del Bosque announced that he would replace Luis Aragonés as the coach of the Spanish national team; it was confirmed on 15 July 2008.[6][7]

Spain under Del Bosque began their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign successfully, defeating Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–0 with a goal from David Villa. Spain defeated Armenia 4–0 three days later with two goals coming from David Villa, and one each from Joan Capdevila and Marcos Senna, with a notable debut from Bojan Krkić, coming on as a substitute and defeating rumours that he will swap allegiances to Serbia. This win secured the Spaniards a first place spot in their group with six points. The next round saw Spain defeat Estonia 3–0, then, four days later, beat Belgium 2–1 away — an 88th minute strike from Villa (his fifth of the campaign) earning them the win. This result maintained their 100% start to the qualifying campaign.

Since Del Bosque was appointed to the job, 38 players have debuted with the Spain team: Bojan Krkić, Andoni Iraola, Fernando Llorente, Diego Capel, Sergio Busquets, Jesús Navas, Diego López, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Pedro, Pablo Hernández, Borja Valero, Bruno Soriano, Nacho Monreal, Víctor Valdés, Álvaro Negredo, Juan Mata, Javi Martínez, Thiago Alcântara, Manu del Moral, Aritz Aduriz, Adrián López, Juanfran Torres, Beñat Etxebarria, Iker Muniain, Javi García, Álvaro Domínguez, Markel Susaeta, Koke, Marc Bartra, Isco, Cesar Azpilicueta, Iñigo Martínez, Alberto Moreno, Mario Suárez, Michu, Cristian Tello, Diego Costa, Ander Iturraspe, David de Gea, and Gerard Deulofeu, while one uncapped player, Fernando Amorebieta has been called up but failed to debut.

On 9 June 2009, in a friendly against Azerbaijan in which Spain won 6–0, Del Bosque became the first manager in all of football history to win his first 10 games as debut manager of a national team,[citation needed] the previous record being nine held by João Saldanha of Brazil. The record currently stands at 13 successive victories,[citation needed] with the last winning match being a 2–0 win against South Africa in the 2009 Confederations Cup, followed by a 2–0 defeat in the semifinal stage of the same competition against United States. On 14 October 2009, Spain joined the very small number of teams to have won all their World Cup qualifying games in a single campaign, achieving a record-breaking ten wins in ten games.[8]

In Spain's first game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on 16 June, they lost 0–1 to Switzerland.[9] Spain rebounded and won group H by winning the next two games. They faced Portugal in the Round of 16, winning 1–0, and defeated Paraguay in their quarter-final match, again by 1–0. Spain then defeated Germany in the semi-final on 7 July 2010, winning 1–0, allowing them to reach their first ever World Cup final.[10] In the final against the Netherlands, he led his team to victory after a goal scored in extra time by Andrés Iniesta.[11]

On 1 July 2012, Del Bosque led Spain to victory in the European Championships hosted by Poland and Ukraine.[12] Spain defeated Italy 4–0 in the final in Kiev to win a second consecutive European championship.[13]

However in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup held in Brazil, Spain advanced to the final, played against Brazil. Spain carried a heavy loss by losing to Brazil 3–0. A strike from Oscar, Neymar and Fred saw a heavy burden landing on Del Bosque and his type of football tactics he used, Tiki Taka.

In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Del Bosque and his team posted their worst finish in the finals since the World Cup in France in 1998 through being eliminated during the group stage following a 5–1 defeat to the Netherlands and a 2–0 defeat to Chile, this despite a 3–0 win over Australia. The heavy opening defeat to the Netherlands marked the first time Spain had conceded 5 or more goals in an international game since a 6–2 defeat to Scotland in 1963, and only the second time they had conceded 5 or more goals in a World Cup game, having done so before in their 6–1 defeat to Brazil in 1950, which incidentally was also held in Brazil. The result was also the biggest margin of defeat by a defending champion at a World Cup. Furthermore, despite a 3–0 win rounding of their campaign following the 2-0 defeat to Chile, Spain's final standing of 23rd out of the 32 entered teams was their worst ever finish at a World Cup. After this, he announced that he would resign as Spain's manager, but there was no reaction from RSFF. Some of footballers afraid that if Del Bosque keeps leading Spain, Spain would suffer more defeats in the 2016 Euro campaign.

Private life[edit]

Family[edit]

He is married to María de la Santísima Trinidad "Trini" López and has three children — two sons and one daughter. One of his sons has Down Syndrome.[14]

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Real Madrid

Manager[edit]

Real Madrid
Spain

Individual[edit]

Personal[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Managerial[edit]

As of 23 June 2014.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Castilla Spain 11 June 1987 25 June 1990 114 42 31 41 144 145 -1 36.84
Real Madrid Spain 7 March 1994 30 June 1994 11 5 1 5 23 22 +1 45.45
Real Madrid Spain 21 January 1996 24 January 1996 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 100.000
Real Madrid Spain 17 November 1999 23 June 2003 233 127 56 50 461 267 +194 54.51
Beşiktaş Turkey 8 June 2004 27 January 2005 17 8 5 4 40 25 +15 47.06
Spain Spain 1 July 2008 Present 90 72 8 10 212 63 +149 80.00
Total 466 255 101 110 885 522 +363 54.72

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The only goal scored by Del Bosque with Spain" (in Spanish). Rtve.es. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  2. ^ Spanish Squad for Euro 1980, Haisma, Marcel (28 March 2007). "European Championship 1980 (Details)". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "The unluckiest manager ever sacked?". BBC Sport. 24 June 2003. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  4. ^ http://www.davidbruceallen.com/strategyoped/2006/03/real_madrid_a_c.html[dead link]
  5. ^ "Real ditch Del Bosque". BBC Sport. 24 June 2003. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "Del Bosque gets Spain coach's job". BBC Sport. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Spain appoint Del Bosque". Sky Sports. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  8. ^ "Perfect record intact". ESPNsoccernet (ESPN). 17 October 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  9. ^ Sheringham, Sam (16 June 2010). "Spain 0–1 Switzerland". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "Puyol heads Spain into final". ESPNsoccernet (ESPN). 7 July 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "Iniesta sinks Dutch with late strike". ESPNsoccernet (ESPN). 11 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "Spain overpowers Italy, 4-0, to win European Championship". Los Angeles Times. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Spain seal their place in history with Italy's destruction". Guardian UK. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  14. ^ «Reportaje: el triunfo del hombre bueno. Del Bosque o la línea recta» elpais.com, 18-7-2010. (in Spanish)
  15. ^ "Boletín Oficial del Estado" (in Spanish). boe.es. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "Del Bosque y Vargas Llosa, marqueses" [Del Bosque y Vargas Llosa, Marquis] (in Spanish). 4 February 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  17. ^ "El seleccionador Vicente del Bosque es galardonado con la Gran Cruz". 
  18. ^ "El seleccionador Vicente del Bosque recibe mañana Medalla de Oro de Salamanca". 
  19. ^ "Vicente Del Bosque, Hijo Predilecto de Salamanca" [Vicente Del Bosque, Favourite son of Salamanca]. 

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