Saturday February 1 2014
Former Spain boss Luis Aragones dies

Former Spain national team boss Luis Aragones has died at the age of 75 overnight.

The ex-Coach was in charge of La Roja for their European Championship win in Austria and Switzerland in 2008.

In a storied career, Aragones represented Real Oviedo, Real Betis and Atletico Madrid as a player, before turning to the dugout.

He then went on to jobs all over Spain, with Barcelona, Espanyol, Sevilla and Real Mallorca all under his tutelage.

It with Atleti who he had the most success with however, winning a Copa del Rey title in 1977, an Intercontinental Cup, as well as three Copa del Reys.

It’s with the national team though, that he is perhaps most well-known, guiding them to their first success in over 40 years with that win in 2008.

The Spanish Football Federation released a statement in the early hours, saying: “The Royal Spanish Football Federation would like to manifest its deepest condolences for the death of Luis Aragonés, international player with Spain on eleven occasions and National Team Manager with the squad from 2004 to 2008 with whom he won the European Cup in 2008 in Austria and Switzerland.

“The RFEF joins in the loss of one of the most charismatic, loved and admired men in the history of our football and takes part in the minute of silence in all the football pitches this weekend in his memory.”

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