Profile of Spanish coach

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:01 PM ET

JOHANNESBURG - There is an easy way to tell when Spanish coach Vincent Del Bosque gets excited.

He stands up from his seat on the bench.

Other than that, well, let’s just say the muscles around his mouth don’t get much of a workout, either to smile or frown.

Indeed, the Spanish manager is a living definition of the term “stone faced.” Emotions do not seem to be in Del Bosque’s vocabulary. Even after his Spanish side had defeated Germany 1-0 in a South Africa 2010 semifinal Wednesday to earn the country’s first-ever berth in a World Cup final, you could not tell if Del Bosque’s team had won or lost by the stoic look on his mug.

“Of course, we must celebrate the victory but we will do so in moderation,” he said.

What will this guy do if the Spanish actually come out ahead in their World Cup final Sunday? Maybe shake hands with his players? That would be pretty bold for this guy.

No matter. The bottom line is, Del Bosque wins. That’s all that counts. Having taken over the reigns after Spain’s title run at Euro 2008, Del Bosque’s Spanish side has lost only twice in his tenure.

One of those came in the opener of South Africa 2010, a 1-0 loss to the underdog Swiss. But while fans back home were panicking, Del Bosque stayed the course as is his trademark, a level-headed philosophy that helped Spain rebound to win its next five matches.

Del Bosque preaches ball control. In other words, don’t let the other team touch the Jabulani. To this point, it’s been a successful recipe.

He hopes it will continue to be just that come Sunday.

THE DEL BOSQUE FILE

Name: Vincente Del Bosque

Manager, Spain

Age: 59

A defender who played who scored 30 goals in 441 matches in La Liga ... As a player, he won five league titles (1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80) and four Copa del Rey titles (1973–74, 1974–75, 1979–80, 1981–82) with Real Madrid ... As a manager, he led Real Madrid to two Champions League titles (2000, 2002), two domestic La Liga titles (2001, 2003), a Spanish Supercup (2001), a UEFA Super Cup (2002) and the Intercontinental Cup (2002).

mike.zeisberger@sunmedia.ca


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