Luis Aragones, coach who launched Spanish football's golden age, retires at 75
BARCELONA (REUTERS) - Luis Aragones, Spain's Euro 2008-winning coach and often credited for the country's recent golden era in international football, has confirmed his retirement from coaching.
Spain were long regarded as under-achievers in world football but Aragones changed that perception with the 2008 victory which paved the way for further triumphs under Vicente del Bosque at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
"It is difficult for me now to train and so now you can talk about Luis Aragones in the past. I won't train again," the 75-year-old told online newspaper Vozpopuli.
Aragones realised the need to get rid of old players in the Spain dressing room like Raul and Michel Salgado and create a new playing style based on the short-passing football that was bringing success at Barcelona.