VICENTE DEL BOSQUE

  • Spain fully committed despite Ramos comments, says coach November 15, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has no doubts about the commitment of Diego Costa and other members of his squad following the suggestion from Sergio Ramos that they are not giving their all. The holders' slow start to qualifying for Euro 2016 has led to tensions in the camp ahead of...
  • We were all suffering for Costa, says Del Bosque October 13, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque predicted Diego Costa would be a key performer for Spain in coming years after the Brazil-born forward ended his long wait for an international goal on Sunday. Costa's 69th-minute strike in a 4-0 win away to Luxembourg in Euro 2016 qualification Group C was his first...
  • Spain not on downward spiral, says Del Bosque after defeat October 10, 2014

    Coach Vicente del Bosque denied Spain were caught in a downward spiral after the holders slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat in Slovakia in Euro 2016 Group C qualifying on Thursday. Del Bosque decided to stay on after his team were knocked out in the first round of the World Cup...
  • Costa has to prove himself for Spain, says coach Del Bosque October 8, 2014

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa may be prolific at club level, but Spain's coach Vicente del Bosque feels it is time he proves himself on the international stage as he leads the champions' attack during Euro 2016 qualifying. Having convinced Costa to turn his back on Brazil, the country of his birth,...
  • Sergio Ramos pulls out of Spain squad October 7, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos was forced to pull out of the Spain squad for the European Championship qualifiers away to Slovakia Oct 9 and Luxemburg Oct 12 because of a calf injury. Ramos was substituted during the first half of Sunday's 5-0 win against Athletic Club Bilbao as a...
  • Spain, Chelsea striker Diego Costa injured September 6, 2014

    Madrid: Spain striker Diego Costa has injured his left hamstring and will miss the country's first qualifier for the European Championship, the Spanish football federation said on Friday. The federation said in a statement that Costa underwent an MRI scan in Madrid after being injured in a 10 loss to France...
  • Vicente Del Bosque goes with youth after World Cup fiasco August 29, 2014

    Madrid: Vicente del Bosque unveiled a rejuvenated Spain squad on Friday after the debacle at this summer's World Cup and the retirement of three key players from the team's most successful era. While stalwarts Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso and David Villa retired from international competition after Spain flopped in their world...
  • Vicente del Bosque planning to stay on as Spain coach July 18, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says he plans to lead the team into Euro 2016 and has the backing of the national federation despite their shock early exit at the World Cup last month. Del Bosque broke his silence over his future on Thursday by saying he intends to stay at...
  • World Cup 2014: Xabi Alonso quits international football, says report June 21, 2014

    Madrid: Sports daily Marca has reported that Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso has retired from international football after Spain's elimination from the FIFA World Cup. Marca says the 32yearold planned this move for some time and the decision was not a "kneejerk reaction to the event in Brazil. Far from it, he...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain football federation backs Del Bosque despite debacle June 20, 2014

    The Spanish Football Federation says it wants national coach Vicente del Bosque to remain in charge despite the titleholders' stunning elimination from the World Cup after just two matches. Federation director Jorge Perez tells Cope Radio "if he wants to go, we'll persuade him to stay. He is the ideal man...
  • World Cup 2014: Adios Espana, the end of a golden generation June 19, 2014

    Every generation has a life span. The mood at the Maracana after the holding champions were knocked out of the World Cup by a red hot Chile was like a funeral. An entire generation had died, it seemed. Fans were in mourning. But football systems don't die. Players come and go, and systems...
  • World Cup 2014: 'Consequences' for Spain after exit, says Del Bosque June 19, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said there would be "consequences", including potentially for himself, after the holders' shock elimination from the World Cup on Wednesday, but that he needed time to reflect. "Whenever something negative happens in a World Cup or an important competition like this, it has...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain coach del Bosque takes criticism, expects response against Chile June 18, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said he accepted the criticism of his team after the 51 World Cup mauling by the Netherlands and believes they will react in the right way against Chile on Wednesday. "Just as we have been showered with praise when we have done well, when we have...
  • World Cup 2014: Spain not looking to change the guard just yet June 15, 2014

    Curitiba: The Netherlands' crushing win over Spain has precipitated a question that wasn't expected to come up until after the World Cup when do Spain's veterans give way to their rising crop of talented youngsters? Coach Vicente del Bosque said changes would be made for the mustwin match against Chile...
  • World Cup 2014: Age catches up with Spain, Bosque must look to the future June 14, 2014

    Xavi Hernandez is 34. Iker Casillas is 33. Andres Iniesta is 30. Xabi Alonso is 32. So is David Villa. Even Pepe Reinathe second choice keeper is 31. Age is catching up with the world champions. Over the last 5 years Spain have dominated opponents with their peculiar brand of tikitaka free...
  • FIFA World Cup: Spain arrive in Salvador for Netherlands tie June 12, 2014

    Salvador: Defending champions Spain arrived here on Thursday in readiness for their World Cup opener against 2010 runnersup the Netherlands, on Friday. The two teams' clash is a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa where Spain grabbed a 10 victory with a goal from Andres Iniesta four...
  • Nothing compares to a World Cup title: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque June 11, 2014

    Despite winning a lot of trophies and playing in many top tournaments, Spanish head coach Vicente del Bosque underlined that winning the FIFA World Cup is still the best. "Nothing compares to a world title. We need to approach each competition as if it is our last," del Bosque said, adding...
  • Fernando Torres sees Spain as favourites for World Cup June 8, 2014

    Madrid: Spain striker Fernando Torres is confident that his country can continue their incredible winning run in major tournaments when the World Cup kicks off June 12. Torres scored the goal which set Spain on their way to a run of two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup, when he...
  • World Cup: Spain's dominance faces ultimate test in Brazil June 5, 2014

    Madrid: Spain's desire for glory on the international stage is as strong as ever but the champions will need something special if they are to become the first Europeans to win the World Cup in the Americas. The only nation from the continent to triumph in soccer's global showpiece outside Europe,...
  • Team morale crucial for Spain success, says Del Bosque June 2, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque believes that building strong team morale is far more important than concentrating on tactics as his team aim to retain their World Cup crown in Brazil. Spain, who have also won the last two European Championships, have a friendly against El Salvador before they embark on...
  • Del Bosque hints Torres will make Spain squad May 31, 2014

    Seville: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has hinted that Fernando Torres may have done enough to make his final World Cup squad after the striker's fine performance in Friday's 20 friendly win over Bolivia. Torres blew hot and cold with his club Chelsea last season but looked lively for the world...
  • Spain winger Navas unlikely to play at World Cup May 31, 2014

    Seville: Spain winger Jesus Navas' long spell on the sidelines looks likely to have cost him his place at the World Cup despite the Manchester City player having recovered from an ankle injury. Navas helped Spain win the World Cup four years ago but was unavailable over the close of the...
  • We have enough backup if Diego Costa injured: Vicente del Bosque May 27, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is hopeful Diego Costa will recover from a leg muscle injury in time to feature at the World Cup but believes the world and European champions have plenty of backup if he doesn't make it. Forward Costa, who plays his club football with Atletico Madrid, has...
  • Vicente del Bosque delays naming Spain World Cup squad May 25, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has delayed naming his final squad for next month's World Cup to give injured Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa a chance to recover. Del Bosque was supposed to reduce his preliminary list of 30 players to 23 on Sunday. Instead, he has picked a 19player squad for...
  • Spain's dominance faces ultimate test in Brazil April 28, 2014

    Spain's desire for glory on the international stage is as strong as ever but the champions will need something special if they are to become the first Europeans to win the World Cup in the Americas. The only nation from the continent to triumph in soccer's global showpiece outside Europe, thanks...
  • Knee injury sidelines Arbeloa for 6-8 weeks March 15, 2014

    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 31-year-old right...
  • Del Bosque not happy with conduct of Spain players February 6, 2014

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is not pleased by the actions of some national team players during an illtempered Copa del Rey semifinal between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Madrid beat Atletico 30 in the firstleg semifinal on Wednesday when Madrid players Alvaro Arbeloa and Sergio Ramos were among those...
  • Spain coach del Bosque eyes another World Cup triumph January 2, 2014

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has a New Years 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 great...
  • Humility crucial for Spanish champions, says Del Bosque December 31, 2013

    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 two...
  • Brazil World Cup will be toughest ever: Del Bosque December 1, 2013

    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 of...