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Spanish soccer boss rebuts speculation over Aragones' job


Luis Aragones' job as Spain coach was not dependent on his team's result against Group F leader Sweden in yesterday's European championship qualifier at Solna.

Spanish soccer federation president Angel Maria Villar says Aragones has his organization's "full and absolute support."

"We have always believed that Luis Aragones is the ideal person to lead the national team. We support him, he is the man in whom the federation has placed its trust and we will be on his side irrespective of the Sweden result," Villar was quoted as saying yesterday by sports daily Marca.

Aragones offered to resign last month after Spain's 3-2 loss to Northern Ireland in its previous qualifying game, but Villar persuaded him to stay on.

The defeat in Belfast continued Spain's poor form. Aragones' side has suffer two defeats and a draw in its last four matches.

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