Del Bosque steps down

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July 05, 2016
Vicente del Bosque

MADRID (AP):

Vicente del Bosque, the coach behind Spain's glorious run of three major titles, confirmed on Monday that he is stepping down following the team's failed attempt to retain its European Championship crown.

The Spanish football federation said that Del Bosque told federation president Angel Maria Villar that he won't "continue at the head of the national team."

"Vicente del Bosque marked a before and after in the history of the selection," the federation said in a statement.

Contract expires this month

The 65-year-old coach, who told Spanish radio last week that he didn't intend to continue, had a contract that expires this month.

Del Bosque guided Spain to the 2010 World Cup title and the 2012 European Championship, in a successful defence of their continental title won in 2008 under predecessor Luis Aragones.

No other team has won three titles in a row between European Championships and World Cups.

Spain lost 2-0 to Italy last week in the round of 16 at Euro 2016.

That disappointment came two years after they lost their world title after failing to advance from the group stage at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Del Bosque coached a record 114 matches for Spain. He leaves after 87 wins, 10 draws and 17 losses.

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