Vicente Del Bosque

  • Vicente del Bosque planning to stay on as Spain coach 5 days ago

    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 32-year-old planned this move for some time and the decision was not a "knee-jerk 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 5-1 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 must-win 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 Reina-the 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 tiki-taka- 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 runners-up the Netherlands, on Friday. The two teams' clash is a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa where Spain grabbed a 1-0 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 2-0 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 19-player squad for...
  • Spain's dominance faces ultimate test in Brazil May 20, 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 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 those...
  • Spain coach del Bosque eyes another World Cup triumph May 20, 2014

    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 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 May 21, 2014

    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...
  • Del Bosque to stay on as Spain coach until 2016 November 15, 2013

    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 conference...
  • Del Bosque calls up Brazil-born Costa for Spain November 8, 2013

    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 month...
  • Del Bosque wants a more aggressive Spain October 12, 2013

    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 and...
  • Spain's Vicente del Bosque cautions against complacency October 10, 2013

    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 Georgia...
  • Spain thinking ahead before final World Cup qualifiers October 9, 2013

    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 September 7, 2013

    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 marred...
  • Spain drop Torres, Mata for World Cup qualifier August 30, 2013

    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. Del Bosque...