One of Spain’s most successful managers, Vicente del Bosque, turns 66 on December 23. A Real Madrid player in his playing career, Del Bosque was a defensive midfielder, had 441 appearances and 30 goals in La Liga, in total.
However, his most notable contribution to Spanish football was when he led Spain, as manager, to a World Cup win in 2010, their first ever.
Spain beat Netherlands in the final, thanks to a goal from Andres Iniesta in extra-time.
Under Del Bosque, Spain also won the Euro Championship in 2008 and were also able to retain the title in 2012.
He stepped down as Spain’s coach in July 2016, following Spain’s poor show in the 2016 Euro Championship, when they were ousted in the second round by Italy.
He was the first manager to win the World Series three times, and is the only manager to win consecutive Series on separate occasions (1910– 11, 1929–30). Mack was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937.
Other sportspersons who celebrate their birthdays today
1960: Tyrell Biggs, retired American boxer who won the super heavyweight gold at the 1984 Olympic Games (55).
1963: Brian McMillan, former South African all-rounder who took 75 Test wickets and hit three tons (52).
1963: Giuseppe Bergomi, ex-Italian footballer who played his entire career at Internazionale, playing 519 games (52).
1988: Leigh Halfpenny, rugby union full back who is the third highest record points scorer for Wales (27).