Vicente Del Bosque

  • Knee injury sidelines Arbeloa for 6-8 weeks 15-03-2014 09:07 AM

    Madrid: Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa will be sidelined for nearly two months by a knee injury, putting the Spain international's participation at the World Cup in jeopardy. Arbeloa said his right knee is worse than he thought "but if everything goes well, I'll be out from six-to-eight weeks." The...
  • Del Bosque not happy with conduct of Spain players 06-02-2014 10:16 PM

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is not pleased by the actions of some national team players during an ill-tempered Copa del Rey semi-final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Madrid beat Atletico 3-0 in the first-leg semi-final on Wednesday when Madrid players Alvaro Arbeloa and Sergio Ramos were among...
  • Spain coach del Bosque eyes another World Cup triumph 02-01-2014 12:55 PM

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has a New Year`s wish to see his country retain the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. "There are very good teams and very good players who will be complicated rivals. The small advantage that Spain has is that we are a team beyond the...
  • Humility crucial for Spanish champions, says Del Bosque 31-12-2013 02:07 PM

    Vicente del Bosque's principle concern going into next year's World Cup finals is that his players might have lost the humility that underpinned recent success, the Spain coach was quoted as saying on Tuesday. Del Bosque led Spain to their first World Cup triumph in South Africa in 2010 and...
  • Brazil World Cup will be toughest ever: Del Bosque 01-12-2013 03:05 PM

    Madrid: Spain's football coach Vicente del Bosque has warned his players that next summer they will have a tough time defending the crown they won in South Africa as the 2014 Brazil World Cup will be the "most difficult World Cup ever." Speaking at an event in his home town...
  • Del Bosque to stay on as Spain coach until 2016 15-11-2013 07:26 PM

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has agreed a two-year contract extension with the world and European champions which ties him until the 2016 European championship in France, the 62-year-old said on Friday. "I can confirm that I have signed with the national team until 2016," Del Bosque told a news...
  • Del Bosque calls up Brazil-born Costa for Spain 08-11-2013 10:11 AM

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called Atletico Madrid's Brazil-born forward Diego Costa into his squad for the first time for this month's friendlies away to Equatorial Guinea and South Africa. Top scorer in La Liga with 13 goals in 12 appearances this season, Costa signed a formal letter last...
  • Del Bosque wants a more aggressive Spain 12-10-2013 03:05 PM

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has urged his players to be more aggressive in attack after the world and European champions struggled to break down ultra-defensive Belarus in Friday's World Cup 2014 qualifier. Spain won the match in Palma de Mallorca 2-1 thanks to second-half goals from captain Xavi...
  • Spain's Vicente del Bosque cautions against complacency 10-10-2013 11:44 PM

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has warned his squad not to lose focus in their World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Georgia. "Football is very treacherous," Del Bosque told a news conference on Thursday in Palma de Mallorca, where they play Belarus on Friday. They complete their qualification campaign against...
  • Spain thinking ahead before final World Cup qualifiers 09-10-2013 08:25 PM

    Madrid: With holders Spain poised to secure their berth at next year's World Cup finals, thoughts are already turning to what might happen after the tournament when coach Vicente del Bosque's contract is due to expire. An avuncular character known for his ability to foster harmony in his hugely talented...
  • Casillas axed for easing Real-Barca tension: Del Bosque 06-09-2013 08:37 PM

    Madrid: Iker Casillas lost his place in Real Madrid's team under Jose Mourinho because he helped calm the waters between the Spanish internationals at his club and at Barcelona, according to national coach Vicente del Bosque. Several matches between the two clubs during the combative Mourinho's stint in Spain were...
  • Spain drop Torres, Mata for World Cup qualifier 30-08-2013 05:00 PM

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has dropped Chelsea striker Fernando Torres from his squad for a World Cup qualifier against Finland. Del Bosque also left off Juan Mata, while Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was absent from the list of 23 players because he is suspended for the next match....
  • Vicente del Bosque not concerned by Iker Casillas' benching 21-08-2013 04:50 PM

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says the decision by Carlo Ancelotti to keep Iker Casillas on Real Madrid's bench will not affect the goalkeeper's status on the national team with the World Cup less than a year away. Ancelotti's selection of Diego Lopez ahead of Casillas in the opening...
  • Casillas situation at Real Madrid a worry for Del Bosque 20-08-2013 03:40 PM

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque will be watching for Carlo Ancelotti's next Real Madrid starting XI with greater interest than usual after the Italian opened the La Liga campaign with Iker Casillas on the bench. The 32-year-old goalkeeper, long-standing captain for both club and country, saw Diego Lopez surprisingly...
  • Vicente del Bosque offers glimpse of Spain's future 09-08-2013 06:57 PM

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque rewarded a number of younger players with call ups to an experimental 21-man squad for next Wednesday's friendly away to Ecuador in Guayaquil. The world and European champions return to action for the first time since losing the Confederations Cup final 3-0 to Brazil...
  • I am delighted to be here, laughs Del Bosque 30-06-2013 09:22 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: Spain's coach Vicente Del Bosque was delighted Spain were playing Brazil in the Confederations Cup final at the Maracana on Sunday - even if he was not showing it. The 62-year-old, speaking to the media before Sunday's eagerly anticipated match between next year's World Cup hosts and...
  • Spain still the best as they close in on another title 24-06-2013 11:09 PM

    Fortaleza: Although Barcelona and Real Madrid failed to win the Champions League last season, many of the same players have forgotten what it is like to lose when they are united in the red shirts of Spain. The world and European champions' 3-0 win over African champions Nigeria at the...
  • Italians will come after us, says Spain coach Del Bosque 24-06-2013 10:11 PM

    Fortaleza, Brazil: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque knows what to expect in the Confederations Cup semi-final against Italy, a rematch of last year's European championship final in which Spain trounced Italy 4-0 to claim its second straight European title. "Well, this happened over a year ago," Del Bosque said. "They've...
  • Fernando Torres and Vicente Del Bosque praise example set by Tahiti 21-06-2013 08:46 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: Fernando Torres, who knows a thing or two about failure on a football pitch, was full of praise for amateur opponents Tahiti after scoring four goals in Spain's 10-0 Confederations Cup win on Thursday. The 29-year-old striker, who has suffered long lapses of form, severe criticism and...
  • Casillas was fit to play: Del Bosque 17-06-2013 01:11 PM

    Revife: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque refused to be drawn on why he chose goalkeeper Iker Casillas in his starting line-up over Victor Valdez against Uruguay in their Confederations Cup opener. Casillas had not played a competitive match since January and many predicted Valdez would be first-choice in goal for...
  • Iker Casillas still conjuring up miracles for Spain 12-06-2013 03:39 PM

    Madrid: If Vicente del Bosque had any doubts about the form of Spain captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas they were surely dispelled by his performance as a second-half substitute against Ireland in Tuesday's friendly in New York. The Real Madrid stopper came on for Barcelona's Victor Valdes with just over...
  • Del Bosque to test Spain's evolution in Brazil 07-06-2013 09:44 PM

    Madrid: Vicente del Bosque must fine-tune Spain's well-oiled winning machine to keep them fresh to defend their world title next year but without losing out on the one trophy that eludes them - the Confederations Cup. Spain won an unprecedented treble of back-to-back European crowns either side of the 2010...
  • Xabi Alonso dropped from Spain for Confed Cup 03-06-2013 09:53 AM

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque dropped midfielders Xabi Alonso, Javi Garcia and Benat Etxebarria from his final squad on Sunday for the Confederations Cup in June in Brazil. Alonso missed several games at the end of the season for Real Madrid with back problems. Del Bosque released his final...
  • Spain not yet on Brazil's level: Andres Iniesta 21-05-2013 03:15 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: Andres Iniesta says Spain cannot yet claim to be on the same pedestal as Brazil in football's international hierarchy. The Barcelona midfielder has been a key member of a Spain team that has won the two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup. Iniesta said Brazil had...
  • Del Bosque backs out-of-favour Real keeper Casillas 17-04-2013 11:04 PM

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has spoken out in support of goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who has been warming the bench at Real Madrid despite recovering from a broken hand. Casillas, the Real and Spain captain and a fixture in both teams for more than a decade, sustained the injury...