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Del Bosque and Prandelli plot path to glory

29 June 2012, 16:44

Warsaw - Composed, thoughtful and smartly dressed, it is unlikely Vicente Del Bosque or Cesare Prandelli will indulge in touchline histrionics when Spain face Italy in the Euro 2012 final on Sunday.

For Del Bosque, the Kiev final is just another chapter in Spain's domination of world soccer since they were crowned European champions in 2008, and then became world champions two years later.

For Prandelli, another meeting with the holders, three weeks after they drew 1-1 in their opening group stage game, is reward for the impressive rebuilding job he was tasked with after Italy's embarrassing flop at the 2010 World Cup.

Nothing has changed much about Spain, or Del Bosque, in his four-year tenure as coach. The 61-year-old from Salamanca commands the same quiet understated authority as when he first put on his Spanish blazer, and his walrus-like silver moustache still sports an impressive thickness.

The man at the helm of the Galactico era at Real Madrid, winning two Champions League finals and successfully massaging the egos of Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Brazil striker Ronaldo, has had little trouble commanding respect.

His commitment to Spain's ruthlessly-effective 'Tiki Taka' game of pass and move, has never wavered.

"All I want is for us to show the style of football we are so passionate about and try to make history by winning," Del Bosque said after the semi-final shoot out win over Portugal.

"Already we've achieved something for everyone to be proud of and should we make history in the final then that would be even more the case."  



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