Former Spain coach Luis Aragones retires at 75
Former Spain coach Luis Aragones, the founder of the country’s
”tiki-taka” style of football, says he is retiring.
The 75-year-old Aragones, who last coached in 2009 at Turkish
club Fenerbahce, tells Spanish online magazine Voxpopuli that ”age
has retired me. When I left Turkey I knew it would be difficult to
continue and today it is definitive.”
After coaching various Spanish clubs, Aragones took over Spain’s
national team in 2004 and transformed it from a perennial
underachiever into the 2008 European champion.
Vicente del Bosque replaced him but maintained the ball
possession and passing attack Aragones had implemented. Spain went
on to win the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European
Aragones coached Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla, as well
as other Spanish teams.