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Spain's Luis Aragones retires at 75

 

MADRID -- Spain's Euro 2008-winning coach Luis Aragones has announced his retirement.

Aragones, 75, last coached in 2009 at Turkish club Fenerbahce and has now confirmed to Spanish online magazine Voxpopuli that he has decided not to look for any coaching jobs again.

"Age has retired me," he said. "When I left Turkey I knew it would be difficult to continue and today it is definitive."

 

After coaching various Spanish clubs, including Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla, Aragones took over Spain's national team in 2004 and transformed La Roja from perennial underachievers into champions of Europe.

Vicente del Bosque replaced him but maintained the tiki-taka style Aragones had helped implement, with Spain going on to win the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship.

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