Luis Aragonés to head Fenerbahçe
The former coach of the national Spain football team is set to be the Turkish football club new coach on Friday.4 July 2008
MADRID - Just four days after leading Spain to its first major international trophy in 44 years, coach Luis Aragonés was Thursday on board a plane to Istanbul, where Fenerbahçe football club is due to officially present the 69-year-old as its new coach on Friday.
Aragonés, the former coach of many Spanish teams, notably Atlético de Madrid and Valencia, had said before Spain's successful campaign at Euro 2008 that he would be leaving his post as national team boss, and had suggested that his next challenge would come at a foreign club.
Curiously, Aragonés will soon be returning to the scene of his triumph with the Spanish squad, Austria, where the Turkish club has planned to start its pre-season training this weekend.
Fenerbahçe won the 2006-07 Turkish league title, and then reached the quarterfinals of Europe's Champions League last season before losing to eventual finalist Chelsea.
There are currently no Spanish players on the club's books, but Aragonés will be familiar with the Brazilian full back Roberto Carlos, who played between 1996 and 2007 at Real Madrid.
Faith in Del Bosque
Before leaving to take up his new post, Aragonés told sports daily Marca that he had not learned Turkish, and that he was not "keen" on the idea of needing a translator after so many years of working in La Liga and with the Spanish national team.
Asked for his view on his probable successor as Spain coach, Aragonés said: "[Vicente] Del Bosque is a friend of mine. He's a modest man, a hard worker - and of course I think he is capable."
[El Pais / Expatica]