July 16, 2008 / 12:21 AM / 10 years ago

FACTBOX-Vicente del Bosque

(Reuters) - Factbox on Vicente del Bosque, who was appointed Spain coach on Tuesday.

* Born December 23, 1950, in Salamanca, Spain.

* As a player he enjoyed 11 successful seasons at Real Madrid from 1973 to 1984, winning five league titles, four Spanish Cups and playing in the European Cup final defeat against Liverpool in Paris in 1981.

He also won 18 international caps for Spain between 1975 and 1980.

* He began his coaching career with Real Madrid’s affiliate team Castilla in 1987, going on to become head coach of the club’s youth teams in 1990.

* He had a brief period in charge of the first team in 1994 following the sacking of Benito Floro, but was replaced by Jorge Valdano at the end of the season. He had another spell as caretaker coach in 1996 for just one game, a 5-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.

* He took charge of Real again in November 1999 after the sacking of John Toshack and steered the club to their eighth European Cup win, culminating in a 3-0 victory over Valencia in the final in Paris. The following season, and with Luis Figo now in the team, he guided Real to their first league title in four years.

* Won the Spanish Super Cup and the European Cup for the second time in the 2001-02 season with a 2-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen in the final in Glasgow, new signing Zinedine Zidane scoring a brilliant goal.

* Real won the European Super Cup with a sparkling 3-1 success against Feyenoord at the start of the 2002-03 season. Club president Florentino Perez continued his “Galactico” recruitment policy by then signing Ronaldo. In December, Real won the World Club Cup, beating Olimpia of Paraguay 2-0 in the final.

* Real lost 4-3 on aggregate to Juventus in the semi-finals of the Champions League in May 2003. A month later they announced they had signed England captain David Beckham for 35 million euros from Manchester United.

Real went on to clinch the league title on the final day of the season. A day later the club decided not to renew Del Bosque’s contract and also discarded club captain Fernando Hierro.

* Real failed to win a major trophy for the next four seasons. Despite rumours of a return to Real Madrid, Del Bosque took up his next coaching job in Turkey when he signed a two-year contract with Besiktas in June 2004.

He was sacked less than eight months later after disappointing domestic and European performances.

* He has not coached since leaving Besiktas but was linked with several candidates who bid for the Real Madrid presidency in the last election in 2006.

Compiled by Simon Baskett, Editing by Tom Pilcher

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