Former Spanish Footballer, Coach Luis Aragonés Dies At 75; Tributes Pour In
SPAIN TO HONOR ARAGONÉS: In Madrid, Miguel Ángel Lara reported the Spanish national team will wear "an all-black strip for the first time in its history" on March 5. This date "had been pencilled in" for Spain's launch of its new away kit ahead of the World Cup. The script "could not be more perfect." Cloaked in black, a Spain side "still mourning Aragonés' death will take on Italy at none other than" Atlético's Vicente Calderón stadium. The Spanish FA is "determined to make the most of the occasion to celebrate the life of Aragonés at the ground where he attained legendary status as a player and coach" (MARCA, 2/2). INSIDE SPANISH FOOTBALL's Tom Conn reported Madrid Mayor ANA BOTELLA announced that "at the next city hall meeting, she will put forth a proposal to rename one of the city's streets" in honor of Aragonés. Botella said that the proposal would name a street adjacent to Atlético's new stadium, La Peineta, after "one of the most important athletes Spain has ever had" (INSIDE SPANISH FOOTBALL, 2/2). In Madrid, Óscar Jiménez reported Marca will create a new honor within the publication's football awards: the Luis Aragonés Award. It will be a tribute to Aragonés that will recognize the most valuable player in the Spanish team each season (MARCA, 2/2).