Spain national team head coach Vicente Del Bosque has stated that he will be stepping down from his role after the team’s exit at the Euro 2016 Championships following a 2 – 0 loss to Italy.
The 65-year-old coach led Spain to win the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the first in their history, and a second successive European Championship in 2012 having taken over from Luis Aragones who had led Spain to their first major trophy at the 2008 Euros.
Del Bosque told Spain’s Radio Nacional: “I have no intention to remain as coach. No matter what the result of the Euros, I had no doubt about what my future would be.”
The coach led Spain to a calamitous 2014 World Cup campaign as Spain, then the defending champions bowed out in the first round but he somehow managed to stay on.
In the Euro 2016 Championships, he engineered a good start for the team, winning two matches before falling to Croatia in the last group game which saw his team finish second and set up a second round clash against Italy in a repeat of the 2012 final.
The coach has had a trophy laden history both as a club manager and national team coach. He led Real Madrid to two European Cups, two Spanish league titles, one European Super Cup and one World Club Cup during four years in charge.