Luis Aragones has already constructed history by leading Spain to their first major international triumph since the 1964 European championships by winning the Euro 2008 finals with the Iberian nation. The wise old man from Horteleza now departs from the national team set-up and goes to manage Fenerbahce in Turkey.
But before he departed Spain, he had some very optimistic things to say about the Spanish national team. Aragones said in a press conference that he is certain of Spain’s progress in the future and that winning the Euro 2008 would only open the floodgate and bring in more silverware for a nation depserately seeking to gain world powerhouse status.
The former Atletico Marid coach said:
“We have put together a group that plays well, that keeps the ball and mixes their passes very well and that is difficult to stop.
“We work hard together, those that play more and those that play slightly less, and we’ve managed to get there. We’ve won this tournament in style and we’re very happy. Now we will start expecting to win on this sort of stage.
“Many people will look at this Spain team because it has been a model for playing football. I think all football lovers want people to produce good combinations of passes, to move into the penalty area and to score goals.
“At the beginning I said that if we managed this squad well, we would be champions. The team just thought I was trying to give them confidence. I just hope Spain carry on in this way and have many more victories.”
Aragones has never been a huge favourite among the Spanish people in general but his debt to the nation can never be underscored.