Greatest Vicente del Bosque quotes, a complete collection

Thu 28 October 2021 | 8:30

In the following article, we will review the complete collection of the greatest Vicente del Bosque quotes, including his comments on life and football.

Vicente del Bosque Gonzalez

, widely known as Palillo, is regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time. Having won the World Cup, the European Championship, the Champions League, as well as the Intercontinental Cup, Del Bosque is the only manager in football history to achieve such great success. The Spaniard is famous for his ability to handle pressure; he rarely yelled at his players and gave them his confidence whenever he could.  

Born in Salamanca,


, the former Spanish footballer was well known for his career at

Real Madrid

, winning five La Liga titles with the Whites. During his playing time, del Bosque played as a midfielder and made 441 appearances in La Liga, scoring 30 goals. 

Vicente del Bosque has been more successful during his coaching career. As a manager, he won several trophies, including two La Liga titles, two UEFA Champions League titles with Real Madrid and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as well as the 2012 UEFA European Championship with Spain national side. Undoubtedly, such a great manager's behavior and words impact football fans. In the following article, we will review the greatest

Vicente del Bosque quotes


A complete collection of Vicente del Bosque greatest quotes

Time to take a look at the complete collection of Vicente del Bosque quotes, including his most famous Inspirational quotes.

Vicente del Bosque famous quotes

Undoubtedly, Del Bosque is one of the greatest managers in football history. The Spaniard was born in December 1950 in Salamanca, Spain, in a family of railway unionists. He began his career at the Salamantino and went on to play at Real Madrid. The legend made 445 appearances for the Whites, winning five La Liga titles and the Copa Del Rey title on four occasions. So it is interesting to review

Vicente del Bosque famous quotes


On his tactics

"I tried to bring normality to the group, and to get everyone to understand that everything that happens in terms of the way we conduct ourselves has many implications. I also aimed to develop two major tasks as a coach; first to have good personal relationships and a healthy dressing room and secondly, to give the players the tools on the sporting side that meant we could be a capable and well organised team."

On the journalists

"We all know all that we are in a world, from a media perspective, that what sells is extremism - the very good or very bad. We must try to live with that as it's impossible to fight it in my opinion. And therefore it's best to try to have good relations with everyone because we won't always win against the journalists."

On his time as a Spain national side coach

"In sport and in football it's always very difficult to win when teams are so equal. Why should I have left after a victory? We played four major tournaments; two World Cups and two European Championships and qualified for the four with extraordinary numbers. Thirty-six games played - 33 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss. In life we don't always win and we must try to educate people to admit defeat."

"At this point I have no intention of returning. I'm not very nostalgic about the past and I don't think I'll stay in football in a professional manner. But I won't be far from my sport."

One of Vicente del Bosque quotes on his life after retiring

"If I go back further, I never thought about dedicating myself to [this] professional world at all. I thought I would develop young players. I never had any ambition to dedicate my life to being a manager. I never ever tried. I only took over the first team [at Real Madrid] because the club, at a certain time and in a certain set of circumstances, needed me to. My objective was never this."

On clubs' identity

"Kubala was not born in Las Ramblas, Gento was born in Guarnizo rather than Madrid, Puskas marked Madrid’s history and defined them and he was Hungarian. I don’t think players need to be born in the city. But it’s true that clubs like Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Villarreal, Sevilla work so well with their youth systems and have such talent that they can and should use that. I’m not saying it should be one-11 but maybe their 15, 16, 17. If you’ve got someone who’s going to start five or 10 games a year, why not someone from the youth system? That makes perfect sense; it’s obligatory. Clubs decide, not me, but of course it makes the job more difficult for us [when there are fewer Spanish players]".

Vicente del Bosque Motivational Quotes

Under the Spanish manager, the Whites saw one of its most successful footballing phases in modern history. Del Bosque helped Real Madrid win two La Liga titles, 2001 Supercopa de Espana, 1994 Copa Iberoamericana, UEFA Champions League on two occasions, 2002 UEFA Super Cup, and 2002 Intercontinental Cup. Despite the manager's success and popularity in the dressing room, his contract wasn’t renewed, and he left the club after four years. Ready to review some of

Vicente del Bosque motivational quotes

? Let's check them out.

"I realised that the political context had got worse since the 2010 World Cup. I tried to ignore it but I wanted, as a national coach - you may call this Utopia - to make Catalans and Basques feel good about supporting a Spanish side... to unite even the most sectarian and nationalist."

"I just wanted to defend football, which is not always easy to do. Those of us who have been in the sport so many years now realise we must protect it and look after it. I was speaking about football, what it means. It is our profession, it has been our lives, and we must take care of it a little."

"No one knows anything about economics. It's the great lie of the economists. By contrast in football people might have contrasting opinions, each of which has some validity. But the economists always speak in conditionals - what a mess."

"The certainty that our football, the football of Spain, is recognised, that's very important to us - perhaps more important than the successes and the joy that you can create. Football hasn't always been appreciated, and luckily our football is appreciated now, at all levels of society."

"The Confederations Cup is interesting. It served Spain very well to take part and then go on to win the 2010 World Cup. We knew the stadiums, the atmosphere, the conditions and also the difficulties of a tournament which simulated the World Cup format."

"I will try to be a good ex-coach and respect the work of the new man and he should make decisions without poisoning the previous regime."

"It’s been good for us that players went abroad to play, without doubt; that’s one of the most important factors. It opened our minds, a major advance, I have no doubt about that. When you have Cesc Fàbregas aged 19 and he’s Arsenal captain, that’s good for us. That said, sometimes I complain that I would like to base the squad on one or two clubs and [our players] are more dispersed now: some at Arsenal, Manchester City, United, Chelsea … Nearly all the countries who’ve won international tournaments have done so basing themselves on one particular club side, be that Bayern Munich or Juventus or whoever ..."

Vicente del Bosque Inspirational Quotes

On 11 March 2008, Vicente del Bosque was appointed as Spain's national team manager, replacing Luis Aragones. Under del Bosque, Spain national team had extraordinary performances, winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2012 UEFA European Championship. But during the 2014 World Cup, his team was eliminated during the group stage.

On 14 June 2015, in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying, del Bosque reached 100 matches as Spain's coach. At the age of 65, he announced his retirement from the sport. This collection of

Vicente del Bosque inspirational quotes

will help you learn from his path to greatness.

"The hardest thing about being a national manager is that you have to leave people out who have done enough to deserve a place, players who are regulars for their club. Or you have players on the bench and they are not happy."

"I was working in the youth system of the club for 17 very happy years. It was the most wonderful thing I have done. I wasn’t earning money and no one knew who I was."

"People say: ‘Look how passionate he is, look how emotionally involved he is in the game!’ But who really believes that every other coach isn’t going through those same emotions."

"There is no one in the world who doesn’t want to win. When you hear someone say: ‘this coach is a real winner’ it’s a ridiculous statement. Show me the coach who likes to lose!"

"I like things to be done properly. But you have to think about who you’re dealing with. You can criticise one player and he will accept it well but with another player it might be better for you to suggest: ‘don’t you think it would be better to do things this way?’ Footballers know when they are not doing something right anyway; they know perfectly well."

"Football goes in trends; there are fashions and they are marked by whoever is winning. If the Germans win, then the German way must be best! And if we are winning then we must have the answer! English football has a lot of good things. That doesn’t mean it can’t modernise but it has been doing that for a long time."

"Sometimes when we don’t know how to explain things that are to do with just football, nothing more, then we look for excuses: ‘It’s the winter break. It’s something that can’t really be proved so we’ll grasp at that’. It wasn’t a problem for the Premier League-based players in Spain’s trophy-winning teams of 2008, 2010 and 2012."

"It’s right that [players like] Messi or Ronaldo have that extreme ambition, as it’s what makes them great. But there has to be room for generosity too. There are other guys on the bench, especially when it’s 4-0 or 5-0. At times [like that], what reason is there for them not be substituted?"

Best Vicente del Bosque Quotes

From English football to tiki-taka, here are some of the

best Vicente del Bosque quotes


On English football

"I imagine there are still some idiosyncrasies at English clubs, teams that are very English, but on the pitch it’s difficult to guess where teams are from. The purity of each [national] style has been lost. I don’t think there’s much difference between any countries. Maybe I’m missing something but even with the national side England has started to look like other sides on the continent."

On tiki-taka

"It’s a simplification. If you had to put a label on Spain you wouldn’t call us defensive, if you say tiki-taka it implies having the ball, playing attacking football, but we’ve been very defensive too. We’ve been champions scoring very few and conceding very few and we’re still in that dynamic. People don’t call us defensive, and yet …"

On the cause of Spain's success

"I like to remind people that we have our own characteristics but we are not really any different to France or Germany or the other countries around us. But in the past we always had this complex and now that doesn’t exist. The proof of that are the players who’ve gone abroad and proven to be as good as anyone else. Also, we’ve done things the right way: there’s a good structure, an increase in elite facilities, a very good coaching setup, even the [footballing] culture of the general public has improved."

"We’ve worked on the technical side of our game; that’s become the foundation. It used to be the fashion to concentrate on the physical side of the game: physical, physical. But everything’s more integrated now. Watch any session at any team and you no longer see physical work, then technical [work], then tactical [work]. It’s all linked now. There was also a kind of tactical fever, as if tactics were everything. Fortunately, I think we have found a balance now. We’ve also had a lot of luck along the way; we can’t ignore that. I think we were predestined to become world champions."

On changing Messi's nationality

"There was an attempt to do so but he decided to stick with the country of his birth; he remained steadfast. That’s a phenomenon that we cannot turn our back on or pretend doesn’t exist. We don’t know where the next Messi or the next Ronaldo is going to come from: it could be one of those who arrives here from another country looking to make a better life."

One of Vicente del Bosque quotes on David de Gea

"He has the ability to emulate him, yes. We forget sometimes that he has spent four or five seasons as Manchester United’s goalkeeper. And if you look at the other keepers they’ve had, that’s la leche [the business]. This is the goal defended by Schmeichel, Van der Sar, Barthez: three great goalkeepers. And then along comes this kid and, bit by bit, establishes himself. But look, it’s very difficult to do what Iker has done, in terms of quality and quantity."

On Diego Costa

"Our midfield is good on the ball, with players whose touch is good, so we need forwards who create space, who move, who commit defenders, occupy them, and Diego does that. How can Costa be harmful for us? We have him so he can get in behind, run channels, pull wide. We’ve not had much luck with him but there’s nothing that goes against our style."

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