Mendilibar epitomizes Spanish football

Updated: February 15, 2012, 2:16 PM ET
By Graham Hunter | Special to ESPN.com

This week, a couple of days after his team's admirable 3-2 win over Barcelona that has all but sealed the La Liga title chase in favor of Real Madrid, Jose Luis Mendilibar celebrated his one-year anniversary as coach of Osasuna.

This likable, hard-working but largely unsung football man should probably start getting his desk's contents tidied into boxes and talking to his agent about which struggling Spanish outfit might pick him up next. Yes, this is the man who saved Osasuna ...

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