Del Bosque to receive prestigious Italian award

After inspiring La Roja to Euro 2012 glory, the tournament-winning coach has been awarded the 'Nils Liedholm' award in recognition of his success, sportsmanship and conduct
Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque is set to be presented with a coveted managerial trophy, normally reserved for his Italian counterparts.

After leading his country to victory in this summer's Euro 2012, where they beat Italy 4-0 in the final, Del Bosque is set to pick up the Premio Nils Liedholm award, which is normally presented 'to recognise the best of Italian football'.

In a break from tradition, Del Bosque will be the next recipient, dependent on the Spanish Football Federation giving it the go-ahead, with many Italian coaches believing that the talented Spaniard deserves recognition.

A former Real Madrid player and coach, Del Bosque has led Spain to unparalleled success in recent years, winning the World Cup in 2010 and retaining the European title, they won in 2008, this summer.

The Nils Liedholm award, won last year by Carlo Ancelotti, is named in honour of the Swedish footballer of the same name, who was affectionately known as 'The Baron' in Italy.

Liedholm represented his country, notably at the 1958 World Cup, and a host of Italian sides, including AC Milan, during a glittering playing career.

In addition to the Liedholm award, Del Bosque is set to win a host of other silverware in the coming months and is the favourite to win Fifa and Uefa's 'Coach of the Year'.