Top facts about Vicente del Bosque

Thu 02 December 2021 | 5:30

How much do you know about one of the best Spanish managers of all time? Join us in the following article to review detailed information about Vicente del Bosque's life.

The man with one of the most staggering managerial CV’s in the football world, Vicente del Bosque, is regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time. Having won the World Cup, the Champions League, the Intercontinental Cup, and the European Championships, the Spaniard is the only manager to have won such a diverse array of trophies.

Born in 1950, del Bosque played as a midfielder during his playing time. He kicked the ball at Plus Ultra,

Real Madrid

, Castellon, and Cordoba, playing 441 La Liga games and scoring 30 goals. The former Spanish midfielder managed to win five league titles as well as four Copa del Rey titles during his spell at Real Madrid. At the international level, del Bosque won 18 caps for his country, scoring one goal.

As a manager, del Bosque was a successful manager, and his calmness in difficult situations distinguished him from other coaches. Del Bosque rarely lost his composure. The Spaniard always handled the pressure and gave the team his confidence whenever he could. Del Bosque led


's national side to their first-ever FIFA World Cup title in 2010 and European Championship in 2012.

From 1999 to 2003, the Spanish manager took over Real Madrid, creating one of the most successful periods in the club's modern era. To know some more interesting

top facts about Vicente del Bosque

's life, scroll further.

Facts you need to know about Vicente del Bosque

Let's take a look at the top facts about Vicente del Bosque. Facts like Vicente del Bosque birthday, wife, Instagram, which may be fascinating to football lovers.

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  • Full Name:

    Vicente del Bosque Gonzalez

  • Nickname:

    Palillo (toothpick)

  • Date of Birth:

    23 December 1950

  • Age:

    70 years

  • Place of Birth:

    Salamanca, Spain

  • Nationality:


  • Height:

    1.84 m

  • Weight:

    80 kg

  • Parents:

    Fermin del Bosque, Maria del Carmen Gonzalez

  • Wife/Partner:

    Maria de la Santisima Trinidad Lopez

  • Children:

    Alvaro del Bosque Lopez, Gema del Bosque Lopez, Vicente del Bosque Lopez

  • Occupation:

    Former Professional Football Manager

  • Playing Position:


  • Club(s):

    As a player: Plus Ultra, Real Madrid, Castellon, and Cordoba / As a manager: Real Madrid, Besiktas, Spain

  • Jersey/Kit Number:

    14 (at Real Madrid)

  • Net Worth:

    $17 million

Vicente del Bosque Childhood

The first part of our article on top facts about Vicente del Bosque is about his childhood.

Vicente del Bosque birthday

is on 23 December 1950 in Salamanca, Spain. His father, Fermin del Bosque, was one of the anti-fascist volunteers who took the side of the Republican government during the Civil war in 1936. Vicente del Bosque family was one of the railway unionists.

During his youth time, the Spanish footballer played at Union Deportiva Salamanca, and when

Vicente del Bosque age

was 17, he became the top scorer.

Vicente del Bosque Career Stats

After reviewing

Vicente del Bosque childhood

, let's take a look at

Vicente del Bosque career stats

, that is, one of the significant-top facts about Vicente del Bosque. After playing for Salamanca, del Bosque kicked the ball in the Real Madrid youth side and went on to play for Plus Ultra and Real Madrid.

The Spaniard played 294 times and scored 19 times for the Whites, winning five La Liga titles (1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80) and Copa del Rey title on four occasions (1973–74, 1974–75, 1979–80, 1981–82). He also helped the Spanish club reach the 1981 European Cup Final, losing to Liverpool.

As a member of the Spain national team, Vicente del Bosque played 18 times for his country and scored one goal. He also kicked the ball for Spain at UEFA Euro 1980, which they exited at the group stage of the competition.

Vicente del Bosque Managerial Career

After retirement as a player, Vicente del Bosque tried his hand at management, after taking a few years away from the game. After retirement as a player, the Spaniard became a coach in the youth ranks of Real Madrid Club. In 1994, he would take charge of the Whites senior side for a few games, and in 1996 as a caretaker. The Spanish manager was given the full reigns of the senior team in 1999.

One of the club's most successful spells in modern history began during del Bosque's four years as Real Madrid manager. He led the Whites to two La Liga titles, 2001 Supercopa de Espana, 1994 Copa Iberoamericana, UEFA Champions League on two occasions, 2002 UEFA Super Cup as well as 2002 Intercontinental Cup. In his era, the Whites won 104 games out of a possible 186 times. Just a day after the Spanish manager led the club to its 29th Liga title Los Blancos did not renew his contract in 2003.

He turned down the offer of the post of technical director, fueling rumors of a political split at the club. In an interview, Perez said, "del Bosque was showing signs of exhaustion. I want to be sincere about this – our belief that he was not the right coach for the future." In the four-year since the Spanish manager departure, Real Madrid changed seven managers, and the Whites did not win any trophies until 2007 when they won the La Liga title under Fabio Capello, who was fired afterward.

In 2004, he was appointed as Besiktas manager, and a year later, del Bosque left


. On 11 March 2008, it was announced that del Bosque became the manager of Spain's national side, replacing Luis Aragones. Under the Spanish manager, Spain won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2012 UEFA European Championship. Also, del Bosque led his team to the final of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, suffering a heavy defeat to Brazil. During the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the manager and his team were eliminated during the group stage.

After World Cup, del Bosque decided to resign as the Spain national side manager following UEFA Euro 2016. In a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying, the Spaniard managed to reach 100 matches as Spain manager. Del Bosque announced his retirement from the sport when he was 65 years old.

"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," said Vicente del Bosque.

Vicente del Bosque Net worth & Salary

In this section, we will take a look at

Vicente del Bosque salary

and net worth, which is one of the fascinating top facts about Vicente del Bosque. Widely known as Palillo, Vicente del Bosque is regarded as one of the best Spanish managers in football history. As of 2021,

Vicente del Bosque net worth

is estimated at around $17 million.

Vicente del Bosque salary as Spain national team manager was $3 million annually.

Vicente del Bosque Children & Wife

Football fans know about Vicente del Bosque's managerial skills, but few consider his bio, which is quite interesting. Stay tuned to read more about the

Vicente del Bosque family

. Who is Vicente del Bosque wife? The Spanish manager his longtime sweetheart Maria de la Santisima Trinidad Lopez. In the case of

Vicente del Bosque children

, you might know that the Spanish manager has two sons and one daughter. 


Vicente del Bosque wife

, gave birth to her son, Vicente del Bosque Lopez in 1987. The couple welcomed their second child, Alvaro del Bosque Lopez, in 1989, and their third child, Gema del Bosque Lopez, was born in 1993. Alvaro, their second son, was born with down syndrome, and the Spanish manager has always said that he will not be able to live without Alvaro. Once Vicente said: "Alvaro has been a blessing and we wouldn’t know how to live without him. I love him so much. I have so much fun with him talking about football. I laugh with him."

Facts about Vicente del Bosque you did not know

Vicente del Bosque nickname

  • Vicente del Bosque nickname is given to him by his fans. He is known as Palillo.

Vicente del Bosque tattoo

  • The amusing fact about Vicente del Bosque's tattoo is that just like many footballers of his generation, he has yet to have any tattoos on his body.

Vicente del Bosque Instagram account

Palillo, like many football managers, is active on Instagram. Vicente del Bosque Instagram account (


) has around 2159 followers.

Vicente del Bosque height 

  • Vicente del Bosque height is 184 m, and also his weight is 80 kg.

More facts about Vicente del Bosque

  • As a father of a down syndrome child, the former Spanish manager has always participated in different down syndrome events in his home country and has always helped to raise funds for different charity foundations.

  • The Spanish manager founded a football academy, Vicente del Bosque Football Academy, which develops international sports projects.

Vicente del Bosque Quotes

One of the most amusing parts of SportMob's article on top facts about Vicente del Bosque is a look back at his most controversial quotes.

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]".

On being national manager

"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."

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 the 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."

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 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."

Vicente del Bosque TransferMarket

According to

Vicente del Bosque transfermarket

, the former Spanish footballer played 305 times for four clubs (Plus Ultra, Real Madrid, Castellon, and Cordoba). During his playing time, del Bosque scored 20 goals.

At the international level, Vicente del Bosque earned 20 caps and scored two goals for his country.

Vicente del Bosque Records & Achievements

Sportmob's article on top facts about Vicente del Bosque will end with a list of Vicente del Bosque's individual records and notable achievements. During his playing time, del Bosque won five La Liga titles and the Copa del Rey title on four occasions with the Whites. During his managerial time, the Spanish manager 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 as well as 2002 Intercontinental Cup.

Also, Spain's national side managed to win the 2010 World Cup as well as the 2012 UEFA European Championship. His notable individual achievements are 2002 UEFA Club Coach of the Year, 2002 IFFHS World's Best Club Coach, IFFHS World's Best National Coach (four times), 2012 World Manager of the Year, 2012 FIFA World Coach of the Year, as well as 2013 World Soccer 13th Greatest Manager of All Time.

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