Former Spain and Real Madrid coach Luis Aragones has passed away.
Aragones, who was manager of the victorious Spain team at Euro 2008, has died aged 75. The former Real and Atletico Madrid player had been suffering from a serious illness. Aragones will be remembered fondly by all Spaniards for leading the team to their first major trophy at an international tournament for 44 years, laying the foundations for the subsequent successes at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
Aragones, born in the Spanish capital, began his playing career at Getafe in 1957 before transferring to the Bernabeu. But it was at Atletico where he really made his name.
He scored 172 goals in 372 games for the club - acquiring the nickname "Zapatones", or "Big boots", for his free-kick prowess - and won the La Liga title on three occasions.