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.