Management Lessons from Spain's Euro 2008 Football Championship Triumph

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Case Details:
Case Code : HROB113
Case Length : 18 pages
Period : 2004-2008
Pub Date : 2008
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Not applicable
Industry : Miscellaneous
Countries : Spain, Europe

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Spain's 2008 Euro Cup Campaign

Before embarking on their 2008 Euro Cup campaign, the squad went to meet the 1964 winning team to draw inspiration from them. "We must go with a winning mentality. After that: what will be, will be. But psychologically, it must be nothing but positive to achieve the championship," said Aragonés.

Analysts commented that the tournament saw a new Spanish team, made up of not just a bunch of talented players but a group of players who had learnt to put the team's need ahead of individual aspirations...

Team Spirit & Aragonés' Leadership Hailed

Experts said that it was the team spirit of the Spanish team that had made the difference. The team had always had great players but this time, they played as a team rather than a group of individuals and placed the team's interests above individual aspirations...

'The Wise Man From Hortaleza' Leaves 'Big Boots' to Fill

Aragonés departed from the Spanish national side as their most successful manager and coach since Villalonga, under whose guidance Spain had won the 1964 Euro Cup. Out of the 54 matches that Spain played under his guidance, it went on to win 39. Analysts commented that by guiding Spain to this victory, Aragonés not only helped the Spanish team shed its underachiever tag, but also brought the fragmented country together as the people in the different regions of Spain reveled together...


Exhibit I: A Note on José Luis Aragones Suárez
Exhibit II: The Spainish National Team for the 2008 Euro Cup
Exhibit III: Spain's March to 2008 Euro Cup Glory
Exhibit IV: UEFA's Squad of the Tournament


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