Friday October 17th, 2014

Spain national team manager Vicente Del Bosque plans to step down from the position after Euro 2016, according to

Del Bosque has been Spain's manager since 2008, when he replaced Luis Aragonés. With Del Bosque as manager, Spain won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Spain failed to advance out of the group stage. 

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"In life you can never be sure of anything but yes, that's my intention: to continue until 2016 in France and then to leave," said Del Bosque. "The (Spanish) federation needs to prepare a gentle transition (to his successor) but I will stay close to football and the federation."

Del Bosque has two years left on his contract and said he will see it out to the end. 

The 63-year-old coached Real Madrid from 1999-2003, and the team won both La Liga and the Champions League twice during his time there. He also coached Besiktas from 2004-05. 

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As a player, Del Bosque played for Real Madrid​, Castilla CF, Córdoba, Castellón and the Spain national team.

- Molly Geary

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