Management Lessons from Spain's Euro 2008 Football Championship Triumph

            
 
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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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"Other Spanish teams were better than the 1964 side but never achieved anything. But, then, we were a team, not a collection of talented individuals."1

- Luis Suarez, Spanish football player who was a part of the 1964 Euro Cup winning team, regarding the Spanish national team's failure to win any major championship since 1964.

"AragonÚs [the coach] fostered a team spirit rarely seen with Spanish teams. In the process, he added a whole new dimension to Spanish soccer culture by demanding his team play as a unit."2

- Beaker, Inter Sports Wire3, after Spain's 2008 Euro Cup Triumph.

"Luis AragonÚs, the manager since 2004, set himself one overriding task – to create "teamness". If talented individuals didn't fit into the team pattern, then they wouldn't be included... To be a successful agent of change, a manager doesn't just need the intellectual capacity to understand what needs to be done. He requires the mental strength and, at times, sheer bloody-mindedness, to ignore the gathering clamor for an abandonment of a strategy that is bound to attack powerful vested interests."4

- David Bolchover, co-author of The 90-Minute Manager: Lessons from the Sharp End of Management.

Breaking Through The (S)Pain Barrier!

On June 29, 2008, Spain defeated Germany 1-0 in the finals of the 2008 UEFA5 European Football Championship6 (2008 Euro Cup) at Vienna to win the coveted cup.

This was Spain's first major championship win in 44 years.

The last time they won this championship (or any other major championship) was way back in 1964. Since then, Spain had not managed to win any major international football (soccer) tournament despite having some of the best individual players in its ranks.

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1] Tim Rich, "Euro 2008: Luis AragonÚs' Spain Men Learn the Value of Comradery," www.telegraph.co.uk, June 27, 2008.
2] Beaker, "Luis AragonÚs Sets Tone for Stellar Spaniards," www.intersportswire.com, June 30, 2008.
3] Inter Sports Wire is a website dedicated to sports.
4] David Bolchover, "Office Life: Management Lessons from Euro 2008," www.viewswire.com, June 30, 2008.
5] The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is the governing body of football in Europe. It was founded on June 15, 1954, at Switzerland. Its stated motto is to promote, protect, and develop European Football.
6] The UEFA European Football Championship (commonly referred to as the Euro Cup) is a quadrennial football tournament for European nations. The 2008 version was the 13th Euro Cup and was co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland.

 

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