Del Bosque new Spanish coach

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

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