Ten Legendary Coaches Who Changed World of Football (Part 5)

Miguel Muñoz

Miguel Muñoz was such a talented manager who established Real Madrid as one of the most powerful clubs in Europe. He claimed La Liga nine times.

Muñoz spent 16 years with Los Blancos, the longest-serving coach that the club has had. No other coaches have accomplished what he did with Real Madrid.

He coached some of the most talented players in the world such as Ferenc Puskás and Alfredo Di Stéfano.

Rinus Michels

Rinus Michles was one of the greatest football managers in Dutch. He led the Netherlands national team at the 1974 FIFA World Cup that lost to West Germany.

Rinus used to take needy teams, turning them around, and then leave to repeat the cycle.

He combined different systems and it was Total Football that he embraced and polished. He also influenced other managers, including Johan Cruyff.

Nereo Rocco

If you think of Catenaccio, you must thank Nereo Rocco, an Italian manager who devised a system that was based on an efficient defensive line with the only task is to prevent goals from the rivals.

Rocco led Serie A side Triestina in second place, the best place the club had. The most impressive feature of the result is the Master’s use of Catalaccio’s strategy throughout the season, making it popular throughout Europe.

His results took him to Milan, where he won the European Cup in 1963 and 1969.

Bob Paisley

Bob Paisley managed Liverpool from 1974 to 1983, taking the club to a new level and helping him become the most successful coach in the history of the club.

He has won at least one of the eight of the nine seasons he has spent with the Red, including six First Division tournaments, three European Cups and five FA Charity Shields.

Paisley was able to move his players according to the various situations he encountered. Psychology was the most important part of his plan, because he always seemed to benefit the most from his side.

He has been elected as the Annual Manager six times: 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982 and 1983.

Becky Hammon-The first female head coach of the NBA ?

Until now the underdogs of the NBA have never taken a spot on the team coaching committees. But that changed this year as San Antonio has hired the first female assistant coach in history.

Despite not getting a big player transfer opportunity, however on the coaching bench, San Antonio has taken back very good names. Most recently, the Texas team has formally named Becky Hammon as assistant coach. 

This made Hammon the first female assistant to work on the NBA staff, a role previously reserved for men

She’ll resume her job as soon as the WNBA season concludes this year. With 16 years of experience playing for the San Antonio Silver Stars and a strong friendship with current Silver Stars like Tony Parker or Tim Duncan, Hammon is predicted to be an influential player for Gregg Popovich in coaching on the road to defending the team’s championship.

In 2014, she became the first full-time female assistant in the history of the NBA when San Antonio Paddy hired her to support future Hall of Fame coach Gregg Popovich. As the season ended, she was named the head coach of her summer league team, making her the first woman to fill that position. Hammon is driving San Antonio to the summer championship.

The 43-year-old woman’s coaching ability is esteemed by many NBA coaches and players. She is expected to be the first female head coach in the history of the American professional basketball championship.

Hammon would have to defeat Dave Joerger, former head coach of Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings, to become captain of Indiana Pacers. Pacers will be interviewing about 12 people in the first round, including legendary Chauncey Billups, but Hammon and Joerger are the main names. 

Joerger is a remarkable strategist, too. He is widely known for his new high-speed gaming around De’Aaron Fox in Sacramento. Conflict with leadership, however, forced the 2007 D-League Champion to leave last summer. This is the dilemma the 46-year-old strategist has with every team.

Ten Legendary Coaches Who Changed World of Football (Part 4)

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho is one of the most polemic football coaches, but his ability and skills has been proven with Chelsea, Real Madrid, Porto, Benfica, Internazionale, and Uniao de Leira.

He is most famous for his compact style of play, resulting in a nine year with 150 game undefeated home run.

His provocative temper seems to contrast with his ability to adapt to new leagues. For example, he used to be much more defensive with Internazionale than with Real Madrid, where he has launched a strategy based on attackers like Cristiano Ronaldo and Mezut Ozil.

Mourinho has given Real Madrid its first title since 2008, when the team won the Supercopa de España and La Liga.

Marcello Lippi

With a simple philosophy: the team must be united, Marcello Lippi led Italy to victory in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

During his coaching career, Lippi believed that a squad won’t succeed without a strong mentality and team effort, even though it has a lot of talented players. Therefore, the formation should be based on the skills of the football players.

Lippi is the only coach to have won both a World Cup and a Champions League title.

Before coaching Italy’s national team, he led Carrarese, Juventus, Siena, Pontedera, Pistoiese, Cesena, Napoli, Lucchesse, Atalanta, and Internazionale.

Ottmar Hitzfeld

Ottmar Hitzfeld is a German manager who gave his country’s football program a brand-new face with his offensive strategies.

Hitzfeld helped Aurau to become the top of the Swiss league and did the same with Grasshopper in 1989 and 1990.

He also coached Borussia Dortmund to grab a Bundesliga title after waiting for 30 years and later took the team to the UEFA Champions League in 1996-1997.

Thanks to his managerial skills, Hitzfeld lifted a UEFA Champions League trophy and five Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich.

Hitzfeld developed and succeeded with a style of speed, faster tempo play, which he has practiced with Switzerland since 2008.

Ten Legendary Coaches Who Changed World of Football (Part 3)

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola is FC Barcelona’s boss who has taken the tiki-taka strategy to heart and has been very successful. He has also created a team whose lines perfectly understand the tactic.

In 2008, when he started leading his first team, Pep decided to sell or release players on loan, including Samuel Eto’o, Deco, and Ronaldinho, and build a team consisting of some players from La Masia.

Pep is widely famous for his inspirational methods. For example, he showed a video to his players before the 2008/2009 UEFA Champions League’s final match, which the team won.

Pep has given Barcelona more titles than any other manager, proving why he received the 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or as Best Coach and the 2009 and 2011IFFHS World’s Best Club Coach of the Year.

Guus Hiddink

Guus Hiddink has become the head coach of Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, another team on his list including Real Madrid, Chelsea, PSV Eindhoven, and Valencia, not to mention South Korean, Russian, and Dutch national teams.

Hiddink is a coach who demands creativity and attacking skills and clearly knows how to lead a group rather than only taking advantage of standing-out talents.

Guus has accomplished tough feats, such as taking Australia to the round of 16 in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Ernst Happel

Ernst Happel is an Austrian manager who became the first coach to have won the European Cup with two different clubs, including Feyenoord (1969/1970) and Hamburg (1982/1983).

He also claimed the title in four different countries: Germany, Netherlands, Austria, and Belgium. Most of his success may have come from his attacking strategy and smothering the rival to pressure the ball.

One of his most remarkable achievements was leading the Dutch national football team to the FIFA World Cup final in 1978.

Helenio Herrera

Helenio Herrera has coached several teams, such as Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid, Sevilla, and Internazionale.

He was one of the very first managers to demand an appropriate diet and fitness of his players. In spite of being widely associated with defensive strategies, when he coached Barcelona, he decided to use the wingers as inside-forwards in order to tweak the attacking line.

Top 7 best soccer coaches in the world today: Paddy is well behind Pep

All football fans around the world understand that winning a game is not only strong, but also the strategic advice of their coaches. Coaching is one of the most significant reasons for building a good team.

7. Joachim Loew

Loew was a player and also the head coach of Germany, who led the German team from 2014 to 2017. This has led the German National Team to gain numerous milestones, such as winning the 2014 World Cup.

6. Max Allegri

Allegri was voted the best coach of the year in Italy in 2011 and 2015, not just because he won the best coach of the A Series in 2016 and 2017.

5. Jose Mourinho

With a solid, consistent personality and a distinct approach. In addition,5-007 still dares to attack critics and the media. As the Chelsea club was guided to help the club win the championship, he was awarded the title of greatest coach in the world for two years 2004 and 2005. 

4. Carlo Ancelotti

He coached eight clubs in his lifetime as a professional. Now, after being sacked by Bayern, Ancelotti is unemployed. But the talent of this Italy coach is not underrated. Starting as a coach with the tiny Reggiana club, he helped the team win championships, and later the other clubs have won several trophies.

3. Diego Simeone

Until now, when Diego Simeone was coach of the Athletic club, he led the team to have several championships and making the 2013-2014 season the most fruitful season in the history of the club. With Simeone, Atletico has unexpectedly been the main equivalent to both Real and Barca in the last five years, not just in La Liga, but also in the Champions League arena.

2. Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte was a former Italian football player and coach who was also involved with a number of football teams and won the team. With a spirit of rivalry plus perseverance and a tactic of 3-5-2, Antonio Conte still makes the teams win the championships.

1. Guardiola

Former Spanish football fielder has been voted the best football fan coach in the world

Pep Guardiola is a young coach who leads the team and has spent all his career in Barcelona. In his early years as coach of Barcelona, Pep Guardiola won a six-and-a-half tribe, a victory.

Ten Legendary Coaches Who Changed World of Football (Part 2)

Sir Alex Ferguson

It is not an easy task to be in charge of a club for nearly 30 years. But this is not case for Sir Alex Ferguson, who has taken to his role as the manager of Manchester United with aplomb.

He got to the club in 1986, but that he couldn’t grab his first title until the 1989-1990 season at the FA Cup and FA Community Shield.

Ferguson demands discipline on and off the pitch and always supports and trusts his players. He has polished his players’ skills so that they can reach their highest point to become individual talents, such as Wayne Rooney, Roy Keaneto, and Eric Cantona.

Man United has been through a lot of phases and Ferguson has managed to adjust to every single one of them. He becomes the most successful coach in the history of English football with a record two UEFA Champions Leagues, a FIFA Club World Cup, and 19 league titles.

Recently, he was appointed as the Best Coach of the 21st century by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.

Johan Cruyff

If there is someone who shows us that football is an attractive, fun and enjoyable sport, it must be Johan Cruyff.

He led FC Barcelona to a whole new level with the tiki-taka strategy, including two key elements: quick, short passes accompanied by players moving around. This strategy is now used by Barça and Spain’s national team as well.

His teams must keep the strategy simple and always forward, so the total play strategy he implemented both as a player and as a manager.

He won the La Liga, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Supercopa de España, and Copa del Rey.

Brian Clough

The most impressive thing that Brian Clough has done may be to take the Derby and Nottingham Forest to the First Division after being Second Division teams. Moreover, he was able to win the First Division title with both of them.

This coach believed in discipline and intuition as cornerstones. The way his squads played wasn’t attractive at all since he used physical strength and attributes as major boosters.

His victory includes four League Cup titles, two European Cups, and a FA Charity Shield.

Ten Legendary Coaches Who Changed World of Football (Part 1)

In the world of football, managers come and go, but some of them become key elements of the national team or the club they lead. Let’s have a look at ten of those legendary football coaches.

Sir Matt Busby

Sir Matt Busby was a standard bearer of Manchester United. He succeeded in leading the Red Devils atop the table in two periods: the early 1950s and the late 1960s.

The club was called the Busby Babes, due to the young players Matt coached, such as Duncan Edwards and Bobby Charlton. The team was on their way to a golden era, but eight players were killed in the Munich tragedy.

Matt managed to build a brand new team, and his effort resulted in the club’s two more First Division titles. Plus a European Cup, he had already won three.

Thanks to his successful coaching career, Matt is part of the English and European Halls of Fame.

Franz Beckenbauer

The Emperor was one of the world’s best players in the world, and Franz Beckenbauer was also a successful football coach.

After winning the trophy in his own country in 1974 and again in Italy in 1990, he is the only footballer to have won the FIFA World Cup as captain and coach.

His managerial style focused on savoring the game and encouraging his team not to concede a single goal.

Fabio Capello

Although Fabio Capello was loyal to the defensive style of Italian football, he later found the equilibrium with the offensive line.

In the early 1990s, he gave us the first glimpses of his ability when he led the Milan on an undefeated run of 58 Serie A games. When it came to discipline, he is widely known as a tough manager.

In 1996, Capello went to Real Madrid but soonly came back to Milan since his defensive style sent him off of the club. Then he came to Roma, Juventus, Real Madrid once again and finally the English football team.

Ten of the world’s most famous football coaches

Besides outstanding players with a range of types of play, the coach is the one who adds to the success of football.

1. Vicente del Bosque

Vicente Del Bosque started his career with Castilla before coming to Real Madrid. With the victory of the Gold Cup and two Champions League titles, two times the victory of La Liga, Vincente is really the best coach in the world.

2. Pep Guardiola 

Originally a player in Barcelona, Pep Guardiola became the club’s own head coach. Here, his talent helped the club to thrive.

3. Sir Alex Ferguson

This is really the most famous monument in the football village of the 20th century. Sir Alex has won 13 times in the British League throughout his career. Of these, there were 8 times between 2000 and 2013 in the period.

4. Zinedine Zidane

Starting his career in 2014, this coach quickly enrolled in the TOP top coaches in the world. He was also an illustrious player with many noble titles before starting his career.

5. Carlos Ancelotti

Starting his career in Italy in 1995, Carlos was truly one of the leading coaches of that era. His first successes have been recorded when he led AC Milan in 2001. 

6. Jose Mourinho

In 2004, when he won the Champions League with Porto, he shocked the world. After that, he joined Chelsea and became a rivalry with prominent coach Sir Alex.

7. Joachim Low

Starting his career with obscure football teams, but he broke fans by taking Germany to the Euro 2008 final.

8. Didier Deschamps

Recently, the French team has won an excellent WC 2018 championship. Obviously, this success is due to the natural talent of coach Didier Deschamps. During his career, Didier has achieved 1 WC championship, 1 Euro silver medal and 1 ligue one. 

9. Jurgen Klopp

At this time, Jurgen was standing at the top of Europe. He made the football world go wild as he and Liverpool won the recent Champion League title. And with his achievements, he is truly one of the 10 most famous coaches of this century.

10. Luiz Felipe Scolari

Ranked last on this list is the veteran coach from Brazil 

Already 72 years old, he has many years rolling around in the football world. Referring to him, fans will quickly remember Brazil’s 2002 WC Championship.

Top three greatest cricket players turned coaches

The sport of cricket has produced numerous world-class talents. You can name great cricket players easily, but great coaches are hard to find since coaching is a completely different game. Great players have little success in transitioning into the role of a coach, while some less-famous players have made their name as excellent coaches.

1. Andy Flower

This name of the retired Zimbabwean batsman will be remembered by English cricket fans for many years. He had made his name as one of the world’s best wicket-keeper batsmen. So expectations were so high when he was appointed as the head coach of the England cricket team.

Flower didn’t disappoint fans by leading the team to three Ashes victory in 2009, 2011, and 2013, and the T20I World Cup trophy in 2010. One year later, he was awarded as the ‘Officer of the Order of the British Empire’ thanks to his contribution to England’s success.

2. Duncan Fletcher

Duncan Fletcher is mostly known for his assistance to the resurgence of the Test cricket in England. It was under his coaching that after a long wait of 18 years, the country won the Ashes from Australia. After some of his decisions backfired in key situations, his contract wasn’t renewed by the ECB.

Later in 2011, he was appointed as the coach for the Indian national cricket team, seemingly on the recommendation of the outgoing Gary Kirsten. He guided India to eight consecutive series victories, including the Champions Trophy in 2013. After the 2015 World Cup, his tenure as the coach of the Indian national team ended. Now he has been granted British citizenship as a reward for his contribution to the country’s cricket.

3. John Wright

This retired New Zealand left-hand batsman was the captain of the national cricket team on many occasions. He started his coaching career with the Kent County Cricket Club. Thanks to positive results, in 2000, Wright was appointed as the head coach of the Indian national cricket team and guided the team for 5 years. In 2003, he led the team to have a World cup final appearance as well as a home Test series win against the Australian team.

David Moyes- Famous Professional Football Coach

Born on April 25, 1963, David Moyes is one of the world’s professional football coaches. His father is also a manager of the football team at Anniesland College.

Moyes had to prepare for the management position since the age of 22. He took coach badges and learned the techniques of coaches easily. In January 1998, he began his football coaching career when taking over Division Two club Preston North End, replacing Gary Peters.

In March 2002, he joined Everton, which was under the genuine threat of relegation. He could not sustain good form throughout the season. However, Everton finished the seventh in the league in the next season, and Moyes was named the LMA Manager of the Year for the first time.

In January 2010, Moyes was honored as the Premier League Manager of the Month. However, in the next season, his football team missed the European league for the first time in four years.
After his contract with Everton ended, Moyes became the manager of Manchester United in May, following the retirement of Alex Ferguson.

He then became the first manager of the MU to win a trophy in the first season, thanks to a 2-0 win over the Wigan Athletic on August 11, 2013.

However, the MU then came down on the Premier League table and was knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round. He was then sacked in April 2014, only ten months of working.

Moyes worked as the manager of the La Liga club in November 2014. Despite the initial success in winning over Elche and Barcelona, he was dismissed in November 2015 due to the poor start in the following season.

In July 2016, he became the manager of Sunderland. However, he resigned again in November 2017 due to the club’s relegation to the EFL Championship for the first time in a decade.

In November 2017, he was appointed the manager of West Ham United. He then ranked the fourth Premier League manager with his 500th Premier League game and 200th victory.