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Latest update : 2008-07-16

Vincente Del Bosque has been officially named to succeed Luis Aragones as the next Spanish national team coach by the Spanish Football Federation. Aragones led his team to its Euro 2008 victory last month.

Former Real Madrid boss Vicente del Bosque was on Tuesday named as the new coach of the Spanish national team to replace Luis Aragones who led them to Euro 2008 glory last month.

"The president of the Spanish football federation (RFEF) Angel Maria Villar proposed the nomination of Del Bosque to the executive committee which was accepted," said a RFEF spokesman.

"He will be presented on Thursday at 1315 (1115 GMT)."

The 57-year-old Del Bosque will take charge of his first match on August 20 when Spain face Austria in a friendly international in Copenhagen.

His first competitive game will be a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Bosnia in Murcia on September 6.

The 69-year-old Aragones was not offered a new deal with Spain despite delivering a first title for the soccer-mad nation since 1964 with victory over Germany in the Euro 2008 final.

He has since signed a two-year contract to coach Turkish club Fenerbahce.

Date created : 2008-07-15