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.