Former Spain coach Luis Aragones has died at the age of 75. Tributes have poured in from around the world on Saturday for the man who ended La Roja’s 44-year wait for a major international trophy by winning Euro 2008.
Aragones asked his entourage to keep his worsening medical condition a secret and few in Spain were aware he was suffering from a form of leukaemia.
Nicknamed ‘The Wise Man from Hortaleza’, Aragones played more than 370 games for Atletico Madrid before returning as a coach a few years later, leading them to the La Liga title in 1977 as well as three Copa del Rey trophies.
Most recently, he reached the Turkish Cup final with Fenerbahce before leaving the job in 2009.