Vicente del Bosque González

(He was born in Salamanca, Spain, on December 23, 1950). Spanish coach and ex-football player. He played for Real Madrid from 1973 to 1984. He played a total of 441 official matches at Real Madrid amateur, Córdoba, Castellón and Real Madrid, with five League titles and four Copas del Rey, always in the position of midfielder.

After passing through the Turkish Besiktas and Cádiz, in July 2008 he was appointed National Coach to replace Luís Aragonés. Between September 2008 and October 2009, he qualified for Spain for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, winning all matches in the qualifying round. As national coach his greatest achievement was the World Championship, South Africa 2010, the first time that Spain reaches the final and achieves the title. He has also served as a commentator on televised football games.

In 2011 he received the title of I Marquis of Del Bosque and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Castilla-La Mancha. On November 15, 2013, after qualifying Spain for the World Cup in Brazil, the renewal of his contract was confirmed until the end of Euro 2016.

D. Vicente Del Bosque González, is an ambassador of COTIF since its inception, back in the nineties.

He is currently awarded the distinctions of:
  • Ambassador of COTIF, since its inception, in the nineties.
  • The COTIF gold badge.
  • Founding member of the Jury of the GOOD PEOPLE AWARD.
  • Since January 2022, he is Honorary President of COTIF.