Vicente del Bosque Gonzalez is a former Spanish Footballer and World Cup winning coach who is also the current coach of the Spanish national team. Del Bosque began his playing career at Castilla CF, a second division side in the Spanish League. He moved onto Cordoba and Castellon before finishing his career with Real Madrid.

During his time, del Bosque won five league titles with Real Madrid, in 1974-75, 75-76, and 1977 to 1980. He also helped Madrid win four Copa del Rey titles in 1973-74, 1974-75, 1979-80 and 1981-82.

At the international level, del Bosque played 18 times for the Spanish national team, scoring once.

Position Midfielder
Born 20 Jun 1992
Nationality Spain Spain
Team History
132 real madrid Madrid 1968 - 1984
CD Castellon CD Castellon 1972 - 1973 (loan)
577 cordoba cf Cordoba 1971 - 1972 (loan)
CD Castellon CD Castellon 1970 - 1971 (loan)
132 real madrid Madrid 1967 - 1968

Coaching Career

While del Bosque’s playing career may not be riddled with individual glories, he was the right man to coach Real Madrid. A true team player, del Bosque always emphasized on the overall result, rather than individual medals.

Del Bosque had two small stints with Real Madrid, once in 1994 after Benito Floro Sanz was sacked and then again in 1996 when Arsenio Iglesias was removed from the job. However, in 1999, del Bosque was officially named as the head coach of Real Madrid. This time, he would do more than just one game!

Under del Bosque, Real Madrid went through one of their most successful spells of modern times and drove strongly into the “Galacticos Era”. With Luis Figo, Zenedine Zidane and Ronaldo joining the team, Real Madrid began their strongest trophy-winning run since the days of Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas.

In 2000, and then again in 2002, Vicente del Bosque lead Real Madrid to European glory, winning the Champions League twice in four seasons. In 2001, he won the Spanish League title and then the 2002 UEFA Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup. Having won everything in 2002, del Bosque was again at the helm of things with the 2003 La Liga title.

However, that was to be his last title as Real Madrid coach as, despite winning 7 major titles in 4 seasons, del Bosque’s contract was not renewed by the club. This came a day after winning the 2003 La Liga title and just a week after signing David Beckham.

Since del Bosque, Real failed to achieve the heights of the Galacticos era that he had kicked off. The next 4 seasons saw them change 7 coaches, until Fabio Capello won them the title, only to be sacked again.

Turkish Holiday

Del Bosque moved to Istanbul, after turning down the Spanish National Team job. He signed with Besiktas under much fanfare, but failed to deliver anything at the end of the season. He was fired! He was offered the Mexican national coach’s position but refused.

Following the Besiktas blunder, del Bosque decided to take time out of football and despite numerous offers, didn’t relent.

The Spanish Armada

In 2008, Spain won the UEFA European Championships under Luis Aragones, who decided to quite after the tournament. Del Bosque was approached again for the job and he decided to take it up this time. Del Bosque led Spain to a record breaking 10 out of 10 wins in qualifying. He also took Spain to the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup where they surprisingly lost to the USA.

At the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Spain were off to to a shocking start, losing 0-1 to Switzerland. Just when it seemed that they would choke again, del Bosque kick started his side again. After numerous shaky performances and some convincing ones thrown in the middle, Spain were crowned Champions of the World.

Vicente del Bosque will continue to be the coach of the Spanish team until 2012.

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