Vincente Del Bosque has today revealed that he will be stepping down from his role as the Spanish national team manager after the Brazilian World Cup next summer.
The announcement of his future comes just days after Spanish football has taken a knock in the press after two German teams absolutely outclassed the two Spanish giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona, in the Champions League semi-finals.
Before Vincente Del Bosque arrived as the Spanish manager, Spain were always known as the team that could never quite win the big competitions after going 44 years without a single trophy.
The original thought was that the Spanish Federation would offer Del Bosque a new contract after the World Cup, but the man himself has confirmed that the 2014 tournament will be his last as the manager.
'My final responsibility as coach of Spain will be at the World Cup in Brazil,” he told Argentine outlet Telam.
“Then maybe I can stay tied to the Spanish Football Federation in roles of representation, like now, travelling all over for requests from public welfare agencies.
“There is an identity, more than that of Barcelona, because the team has the balance that the players from Real Madrid provide,” he added.
“The team is balanced between players from both, plus some that operate in other leagues, such as the Premier League.”
The 62-year-old coach has helped guide Spain to three back-to-back trophies as they have won the last two European Championships and the last World Cup in 2010, so the news that he is to step down will sadden Spanish football fans around the world.
After seeing Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund midweek, Del Bosque believes the Germans will be a strong outfit in time for the World Cup next summer.
“The Germans have learnt of the traditional power of possession, which is what you see now with Bayern and Borussia, and it makes their national team a great candidate to win the next World Cup,” he said.
“Cycles are fulfilled and football is evened out worldwide. That is why Finland made things complicated for us [in March’s 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw].”
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