Gracias Vicente! Del Bosque Resigns As National Coach

Del Bosque has decided to resign from the post of Spanish National Football Coach following Spain’s loss to Italy in the Round of 16 at Euro 2016. However the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has offered the former La Roja boss a new position after he informed of his decision to step down as the coach.

The 65 year old’s departure has been finalised but the RFEF has decided to offer him a different role with the team. “The president of the RFEF, Angel Maria Villar, and the national team coach, Vicente Del Bosque, have held a meeting in Madrid on July 4 in which the coach informed the president of the RFEF of his decision not to continue at the head of the national team,” an official statement read.

“Angel Maria Villar considers Vicente del Bosque part of Spanish football’s heritage and has offered him the possibility of continuing in the federation, which has been answered positively.

Del Bosque informed the members of the 2016 Euro campaign about his exit, except for goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Del Bosque claims he had fallen out with Casillas after he chose David De Gea as his first goalkeeper and not Casillas.

However, Casillas took to Twitter to show there were no hard feelings, posting:

“This morning, in the ‘Ciudad del Futbol’. 25 years together, and more! A hug, coach! Good luck!”

Esta mañana, en la Ciudad del Fútbol. 25 años juntos y los que nos quedan! Un abrazo Mister! Suerte!

— Iker Casillas (@CasillasWorld) July 4, 2016

Del Bosque has been a prominent figure with the Spanish national side after he took over charge from Luis Argones in 2008 when Spain won the Euro 2008. He then coached the team to a spectacular World Cup campaign in 2010 emerging out as Champions of the World. Two years later, Del Bosque guided the Spanish national side to conquer the Europe in EURO 2012.

Del Bosque stayed on following a group-stage exit in World Cup 2014 and, following Spain’s departure from France, has opted to step down, as expected.

Post Author: Bharath Saigal

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