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Case Code : HROB113 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 300;
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General Management/ Human Resource Management/ Organizational Behavior, Team building, Group dynamics
Case Length : 18 pages
Period : 2004-2008
Pub Date : 2008
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : Not applicable
Industry : Miscellaneous
Countries : Spain, Europe


The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship (2008 Euro Cup) saw a Spanish team that took many keen observers of the game by surprise. The side which, over the years, had earned the tag of 'underachievers' in the international arena despite having some of the most talented individuals and the best domestic clubs in Europe, played superbly to win the 2008 Euro Cup, its first triumph in such major tournaments in 44 years.

Experts felt that the Spanish national team's sub-par performance in major tournaments was primarily due to a lack of team spirit and the killer instinct.

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The lack of team spirit was a result of the intense rivalry between different regions of Spain as the various regions were divided in terms of culture and political outlook. In such a situation, it was very difficult for the members of the team to play as a unit, according to them.

Spain's stellar performance in the 2008 Euro Cup and the team spirit they displayed in the tournament was largely attributed to the brilliant management and leadership of coach, José Luis Aragonés Suárez (Aragonés). Aragonés' appointment came shortly after Spain's debacle in the 2004 Euro Cup. The new coach put in much of his effort into team building and instilling a sense of team spirit into the fractured team that was also short on self belief.

Though the team failed to perform well in the 2006 World Cup, its overall performance record under Aragonés' leadership was very good culminating with the success in the 2008 Euro Cup. However, the feat was not an easy one as Aragonés had to take some very tough decisions along the way which dented this popularity among the public and the media and attracted a lot of criticism. However, with the team breaking the 44-year jinx, Aragonés' team building initiatives, strategy and tactics, management skills, and leadership came in for special praise.

This case will help students understand various issues/concepts in management and organizational behavior and generalizations can be made based on this case which could apply to the corporate setting.


» Understand the issues and constraints in team building and team management.

» Understand and make generalizations on the various concepts of group dynamics, change management, conflict management, leadership, etc.

» Appreciate the importance of team spirit in any team situation.

» Understand the issues and constraints in coaching and make generalization in coaching in the corporate setting.


  Page No.
Breaking Through The (S)Pain Barrier! 1
Background of Spain's National Football Team 2
The Problem 4
Enter Aragonés 4
Spain's 2008 Euro Cup Campaign 8
Team Spirit & Aragonés' Leadership Hailed 10
'The Wise Man From Hortaleza' Leaves 'Big Boots' to Fill 11
Exhibits 13

Key Words:

Team building, Change management, Leadership, Group dynamics, Motivation, Attitude, Team spirit, Management style, Euro Cup, Spain

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