Del Bosque steps down as Spain coach after Euro 2016 exit

AP , Monday 4 Jul 2016

Spain's coach Vicente del Bosque (Reuters)

Vicente del Bosque has confirmed he is stepping down as Spain's coach following its failed attempt to retain its European Championship crown.

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

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 defense of its continental title won in 2008.

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

It lost its world title after failing to advance from the group stage at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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