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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 July, 2004, 16:47 GMT 17:47 UK
Spain appoint Aragones
New Spain coach, Real Mallorca boss Luis Aragones
Aragones has been given a two-year deal
Luis Aragones has been appointed as the new coach of Spain.

Real Mallorca boss Aragones will take over from Inaki Saez, who resigned following Spain's poor showing at Euro 2004 in Portugal.

Spain failed to qualify from their group - in which they were beaten by hosts Portugal and could only draw with surprise package Greece.

Aragones has been given a two-year contract to take him up to the World Cup finals in 2006 in Germany.

At 66, Aragones is Spain's most senior coach and was chosen ahead of others who were reportedly in the running, such as former Real Madrid coach Benito Floro and Victor Fernandez, most recently in charge of Real Betis.

As a player, Aragones made his name as a powerful goalscoring midfielder with Atletico Madrid, who he helped win La Liga in 1966, 1970 and 1973.

He began the 1974 season as a player at Atletico, but ended it as their coach, guiding them to victory in the World Club Cup.

A Spanish Cup triumph followed in 1976 and he claimed the League title in 1977.

He had a brief spell in charge of Real Betis in 1981 but returned to Atletico between 1982 and 1987 - and again in 1991 after stints with Barcelona and Espanyol.

That year he was interviewed about the Spain job after Luis Suarez's departure, but Vicente Miera got the job.

After leaving Atletico in 1993, Aragones took charge at Seville, then moved on to Valencia in 1995, guiding them to a second-place finish in La Liga before quitting in November 1996.

He coached Real Betis in 1997/98 - then declined an offer to succeed Javier Clemente as Spain's coach - leaving Jose Antonio Camacho to take the job instead.

Spells at Real Oviedo and Real Mallorca followed before he returned again to Atletico in 2001- winning promotion from the Spanish second division - and helping them consolidate at the top level the following season.

His nomadic club career continued last year when he took over at Real Mallorca for a second time - but his next challenge will be to take Spain to the 2006 World Cup.





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