Vicente del Bosque
|Full name||Vicente del Bosque González|
|Date of birth||23 December 1950|
|Place of birth||Salamanca, Spain|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive Midfielder|
|Current club||Spain (Manager)|
|1970–1971||→ Castellón (loan)||13||(4)|
|1971–1972||→ Córdoba (loan)||19||(1)|
|1972–1973||→ Castellón (loan)||30||(5)|
|1987–1990||Real Madrid B|
|* 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 is also known for having 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 
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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. He appeared for Spain at Euro 80, which would be a disappointing time for the Spanish exiting at the group stage of the competition.
International goals 
|1.||15 December 1978||El Helmántico, Salamanca, Spain||Cyprus||2–0||5–0||Euro 1980 qualifying|
Managerial career 
Real Madrid 
Del Bosque served at Real Madrid since 1964 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 famed for his humble, patient and unassuming style 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. Del Bosque's management was successful in uniting the many different modern player egos in his star studded team: in the Del Bosque era Real managed 104 wins out of a possible 186 in his time as coach of Madrid. 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 minimalised the level of control Del Bosque had during his time as manager.
Shockingly, Real Madrid decided not to renew Del Bosque's contract in 2003, 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 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."
Furthermore, as a testament to how successful Del Bosque was, Real Madrid have failed to reach the heights of living up to their Galácticos name tag in recent years since Del Bosque's departure, a tag that they managed to shine with during his time in charge of the same derivative of star quality players. Real 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 have 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.
Beşiktaş and hiatus 
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.
After Mexico was barely eliminated by Argentina in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the Spaniard was offered the reins of El Tri, but the Spanish tactician refused the offer. Vicente del Bosque's cellular phone rang only hours after Mexico's elimination in the World Cup. On the other line "a high representative" of Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación (FEMEXFUT) identified himself, offering him the post of Mexican coach. Del Bosque said the conversation was a "warm one," and was surprised to receive the offer so quickly right in the middle of the World Cup. FEMEXFUT's director asked Del Bosque to think about the offer "with a calm mind." After 18 days, Del Bosque made his decision: "No Thank You." Del Bosque said he felt honored to be asked to coach Mexico's national side, but that his priorities lay in Europe, and Spain especially. FEMEXFUT had offered Del Bosque a minimum of $2 million per year.
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 
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, 21 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 y Beñat Etxebarria 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, the previous record being nine held by João Saldanha of Brazil. The record currently stands at 13 successive victories, 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 closed circle of teams having won all World Cup qualifying games, realising a record-breaking ten wins in ten games.
In Spain's first game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on 16 June, they lost 0–1 to Switzerland. 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. In the final against the Netherlands, he led his team to victory after a goal scored in extra time by Andrés Iniesta.
On 1 July 2012, Del Bosque led Spain to victory in the European Championships hosted by Poland and Ukraine. Spain defeated Italy 4–0 in the final in Kiev to win a second consecutive European championship. Under him, the national team are yet to concede a goal in the knockout stages of a major tournament.
Private life 
- Real Madrid
- La Liga (5): 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80
- Copa del Rey (4): 1973–74, 1974–75, 1979–80, 1981–82
- European Cup: 1980-81 (Runner-up)
- Real Madrid
- La Liga (2): 2000–01, 2002–03
- Supercopa de España (1): 2001
- UEFA Champions League (2): 1999–2000, 2001–02
- UEFA Super Cup (1): 2002
- Intercontinental Cup (1): 2002
- Copa Iberoamericana (1): 1994
- FIFA World Cup (1): 2010
- UEFA European Championship (1): 2012
- FIFA Confederations Cup Third place: 2009
- UEFA Club Coach of the Year (2): 2000, 2002
- IFFHS World's Best Club Coach: 2002
- IFFHS World’s Best National Coach (3): 2009, 2010, 2012
- World Manager of the Year: 2012
- FIFA World Coach of the Year: 2012
- Nobility: Elevated to become 1st Marquis of Del Bosque by HM Juan Carlos I
- Government of Spain: Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit
- Salamanca Provincial Council: Gold Medal
- Salamanca City Council: Favourite Son of Salamanca
Last updated: 26 March 2013
|Castilla||11 June 1987||25 June 1990||114||42||31||41||144||145||−1||36.84|
|Real Madrid||1 March 1994||25 May 1994||11||5||1||5||23||22||+1||45.45|
|Real Madrid||10 January 1996||17 January 1996||1||1||0||0||5||0||+5||100.00|
|Real Madrid||17 November 1999||23 June 2003||233||127||56||50||461||267||+194||54.51|
|Beşiktaş||28 January 2004||28 January 2005||17||8||5||4||40||25||+15||47.06|
|Spain||1 July 2008||Present||70||58||6||6||172||46||+126||82.86|
See also 
- "The only goal scored by Del Bosque with Spain" (in (Spanish)). Rtve.es. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2012-07-02.
- Spanish Squad for Euro 1980, Haisma, Marcel (28 March 2007). "European Championship 1980 (Details)". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
- "The unluckiest manager ever sacked?". BBC Sport. 24 June 2003. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
- http://www.davidbruceallen.com/strategyoped/2006/03/real_madrid_a_c.html[dead link]
- "Real ditch Del Bosque". BBC Sport. 24 June 2003. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
- "Del Bosque gets Spain coach's job". BBC Sport. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
- "Spain appoint Del Bosque". Sky Sports. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
- "Perfect record intact". ESPNsoccernet (ESPN). 17 October 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- Sheringham, Sam (16 June 2010). "Spain 0–1 Switzerland". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 17 June 2010.
- "Puyol heads Spain into final". ESPNsoccernet (ESPN). 7 July 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- "Iniesta sinks Dutch with late strike". ESPNsoccernet (ESPN). 11 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
- "Spain overpowers Italy, 4-0, to win European Championship". Los Angeles Times. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
- "Spain seal their place in history with Italy's destruction". Guardian UK. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
- «Reportaje: el triunfo del hombre bueno. Del Bosque o la línea recta» elpais.com, 18-7-2010. (in Spanish)
- "Boletín Oficial del Estado" (in Spanish). boe.es. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
- "Del Bosque y Vargas Llosa, marqueses" [Del Bosque y Vargas Llosa, Marquis] (in Spanish). 4 February 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
- "El seleccionador Vicente del Bosque es galardonado con la Gran Cruz".
- "El seleccionador Vicente del Bosque recibe mañana Medalla de Oro de Salamanca".
- "Vicente Del Bosque, Hijo Predilecto de Salamanca" [Vicente Del Bosque, Favourite son of Salamanca].
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