Y Luis Aragonés subió al cielo. Más arriba aún. DEP
Y para recordar con una sonrisa al Sabio de Hortaleza, rememoremos una broma histórica de El Radiador, la sección de humor del programa deportivo de la Cope, El Tirachinas: ESCUCHAR
Aragonés spent the majority of his career as a player and coach at Atlético Madrid. He was a prominent player and then coach of the successful Atlético team of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The team won La Liga four times, reached the final of the European Cup and won the Intercontinental Cup. Between 1964 and 1974 he played 265 La Liga games for Atlético and scored 123 goals. Aragonés coached the club on four separate occasions. He also played with several other clubs, most notably Real Betis, and played 11 times for Spain, scoring three goals. Apart from Atlético he also coached seven other La Liga clubs as well as the Spanish national football team whom he led to their second European Championship title in 2008. He became the head coach of the Turkish football team Fenerbahçe after Euro 2008, and this was the sole time that Aragonés has coached outside of his native Spain.Luis Aragonés
This generation of great Spanish footballers has something that goes beyond ability. They have trust, trust in one another and trust in their collective desire to win. Even when things get tough, when everybody around them is suggesting that they need to change, the Spanish just keep going. They maintain their trust in one another and continue to play, such is their belief in the way they play that they could be losing by five goals and would still play the same way, would still trust in one another.
This level of trust can be seen in all of the Spanish players. It is not about individuals with the Spanish team these days. The damaging Real Madrid and Barcelona rivalry within the camp has long gone. It was buried alongside Spain’s historic failure to win an international trophy, even when they did have some of the most talented players in the world amongst their number.
You only have to look at Fernando Torres in the final. Here was a player who had a nightmare season, arguably a nightmare two years. But, in this Spain team it is not just about Torres. It is about the collective group. Nobody is solely reliant on Torres and he can play with a freedom he has rarely enjoyed in his whole career. His team mates have trust in him to play his role and he has trust in them to find him when he makes his runs. Here is a man who would not take a penalty for Chelsea earlier in the season but who came on as a substitute for Spain and scored the decisive goal in the final, setting up the fourth goal shortly after. There is collective belief and a collective sharing of the pressures in this record breaking squad.
I’ve started reading Más Secretos de La Roja, and the quote that stood out and stuck with me was Villa saying in 06, Aragonés believed in a bunch of perennial losers who were so down after their loss in Germany, they just kept losing, and that this belief and trust even though they were doing so badly was a huge component in them turning it all around and becoming who they are today.
We’ve had media attention focused on us since we were very young and we know what happens. I have probably seen him and spoken with him less since I moved to England, but it’s not necessary to speak every day to maintain a friendship, and we have that. It’s a two-way friendship. He knows that he can count on me for whatever he needs and I know that he’ll always be there to help me if I need it. - Fernando on Sergio