Reaction to Luis Aragones' death

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm •  Published: February 1, 2014
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MADRID (AP) — Reaction and quotes following the death of former Spain coach Luis Aragones:

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"Luis Aragones changed the history of Spanish football. And for that we will always be thankful." — Spain and Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas.

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"Without a doubt, our current run of success is a result of his legacy. He had a long history of coaching experience and he had a special appreciation for the game." — Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, who succeeded Aragones after the 2008 European Championship triumph.

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"To me he's the most important person from Spanish football, the person who changed the style of 'La Roja.' He was a valiant, decisive person, a great human. It's a great loss for football, and for life and I think Spanish football owes him an enormous homage." — Spain and Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez.

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"Thank you coach, I can never thank you enough for everything you did for me. RIP Luis Aragones." — Spain and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, who scored the lone goal in the 1-0 Euro 2008 final win against Germany.

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"It's a very sad day. One of the greats has left us. Thank you for making me a great part of what I am today." — Spain and Atletico Madrid striker David Villa, the country's all-time leading scorer.

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"It was an honor to be 'one of yours,' like you enjoyed to say. We'll never forget you!! Thank you for everything! Simply a great, a genius. SO WISE. So many memories!!" — Spain and Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

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"Luis Aragones was a father, a brother, a friend, an idol, a myth in football. All of us who knew you and admired you are very sad." — Former Spain midfielder Marcos Senna, a Brazil-born naturalized Spaniard who was given a key role in the Euro 2008 team by Aragones.

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"Luis Aragones was a great player and coach, but before all that a great person and friend. He was Atletico above all." — Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo.

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