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.

The fans’ top four greatest sports coaches of all time

After sifting through the history books, we have found the fans’ top four greatest coaches of all time. With just a firm stare, they have inspired an entire team, nation, and even planet.

Phil Jackson

Coaching the Bulls and Lakers, Phil Jackson has won a record 10 NBA Championships. He has also a two-time champion when playing with the Knicks. He has been at the helm for three different three-peats. He is widely known as the Zen Master for his coaching techniques. During the regular season, he has an astounding 1,041-435 record and in the playoffs, he has 209-91.

John Wooden

John Wooden was the first player to have ever been enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a coach and a player. While coaching UCLA, he won a record 10 NCAA Championships in a span of 12 years. While with the Bruins, he compiled a 620-147. The Wizard of Westwood holds the consecutive winning streak record of 88 games and his Bruin captured 19 conference championships.

Pat Summitt

Pat Summitt is regarded as the all-time most successful women’s college basketball coach. She also helped bring the sport of basketball to the mainstream. She has an unprecedented 1,005-192 record, including the records for most NCAA Tourney wins (104), most Final Fours (22), most Sweet 16s (27, out of a possible 28), most Finals (13), and most NCAA Championships (eight). She even won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games.

Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi led the Packers to win the first two Super Bowls. His impact was so deep that the trophy of the Super Bowl carries his name. During the regular season, Lombardi compiled a record of 96-34-6 and a 9-1 postseason record. This man also led the Packers to the NFL Championships five times. He was at the helm during the 1967 Ice Bowl – one of the most famous games in the history of the NFL.

Ten Highest Paid Coaches Worldwide (P2)

7/ Doc Rivers ($10 million per year)

With a yearly salary of $10 million, American basketball coach Doc Rivers ranked the seventh place in the list of ten highest-paid coaches in the world. He spent most of his basketball playing career with the Atlanta Hawks. He also joined the U.S. national team in the FIFA World Championship in 1982 in which his team gained the silver medal.

After retirement from a magnificent career as a player, Doc Rivers then became the successful coach of many teams. At the moment, he is a head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Since 2011, he has led the Clippers after signing a five-year contract extension worth $35 million in 2013.

6/ Zinedine Zindane ($10.1 million per year)

The list would be incomplete without mentioning a dynamic and talented leader Zinedine Zindane. He reached the top of the soccer-playing career in the victory of FIFA World Cup 1998 and Euro 2000 with France. The skilled player has achieved many awards and honors for his outstanding contributions and stepped into coaching in 2010. Now, he is a coach of Real Madrid.

5/ Arsene Wenger ($10.5 million per year)

 Arsene Wenger, another French football player, started his career in 1978 as a defender. He luckily got on the road of coaching in 1984. He had managed four clubs before becoming a head manager at Arsenal now.

He started his long tenure at Arsenal in 1996 and became one of the most successful managers in this football team’s history.

Wenger does not completely depend on football for his earnings as he makes a huge amount with his automobile spare parts business.

4/Gregg Popovich ($11 million per year)

Gregg Popovich, a 68-year-old American basketball coach, lead the San Antonio Spurs to NBA Championships in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014. As such results, he becomes the longest tenured active coach for 30 years in the NBA.

In 2014, he signed a five-year contract extension with the Spurs. It is believed to make $8 million per season.

Ten greatest coaches in the history of tennis (part 3)

6. Paul Annacone

During the 1980s, Paul Annacone was a successful professional tennis player, having a career-high ranking of World Number 12 in 1986. He even won a Grand Slam at the Australian Open of 1985 at the doubles level and achieved a career-high doubles ranking of World Number 3.

But Annacone is most famous for his work with Pete Sampras – one of tennis’ greatest of all time. They had initially a 7-year partnership, from 1995 to 2001. After that, Annacone took a gap year to recharge his batteries.

He again came back with Sampras and helped him win the 2002 US. Sampras won 10 of his total 14 Grand Slam titles with Annacone being his mentor.

Annacone then coached Tim Henman for 3 years. In 2010, he took up the coaching responsibility of Roger Federer and helped the Swiss win two of his Grand Slam titles.

After his work with Federer, he coached Sloane Stephens and Stan Wawrinka and now is the coach of American Taylor Fritz.

7. Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl won up to 8 Grand Slams during his playing career. But he wasn’t satisfied and remained connected with tennis even after his retirement.

Lendl took over as the coach of Andy Murray – who had enormous potential but had tasted not much success at the Grand Slam level. Lendl had a key part in Murray’s becoming a Slam champion from being a Slam contender. He helped Murray win his first ever Major title in 2012 at the US Open.

One year later, he coached Murray to the Wimbledon title, helping the Scot achieve a lifelong dream. In 2014, Murray hired Amelie Mauresmo as his coach and their partnership ended there.

But their relationship restarted in 2016 when Murray won the Wimbledon Championships and the Olympic gold, finishing the year as World Number 1 for the first time.

Now Lendl serves as the coach of Alexander Zverev.

Ten Highest-Paid Coaches Worldwide (P1)

The coaches play an important role in sports teams. Good leaders will help the teams achieve more championships. Therefore, they receive high salaries for their contributions. Here is a list of ten highest-paid coaches in the world.

10/ Antonio Conte ($8.2 million per year)

Antonio Conte, an Italian football coach, is working as the manager of Premier League Club Chelsea. During his football playing career, he played as a midfielder from 1985-2004 for Lecce, Juventus, and the Italian national team. Of which, Conte played for Juventus for 12 years and became one of the most decorated players in the football team’s history.

In 2004, he retired from the football player career. However, he remained with Juventus club as a coach. His managerial career began with Bari team in 2006. After that, he managed Siena for some months and Juventus for some years.

In 2016, Conte signed a three-year contract with Chelsea, which pays him £550,000 per month.

9/Jurgen Klopp ($8.8 million per year)

As a former professional player, Jurgen Klopp is one of the famous football managers. The German soccer spent most of his football playing career at Mainz 05. He had played for Mainz 05 for 15 years since 1990 before ending in 2001. In the same year, he was appointed as a manager of the club, marking the start of his managerial career.

After this, he worked as the manager for Dortmund. He became the longer serving manager for both clubs with seven years each.

Since 2015, he has worked with Liverpool per a six-year contract worth £47 million.

Besides, he has endorsed many famous brands such as Puma, Opel, German Cooperative banking group, and Wirtschaftswoche.

8/ Jim Harbaugh ($9 million per year)

Before working as a head coach of the University of Michigan, Jim had coached Stanford cardinal, the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, and San Diego Toreros. Prior to the coaching career, he had a rousing American football player for about two decades.

In 1994, he put his first feet in coaching as an assistant coach. In 2011, he was appointed as the head coach of San Francisco 49ers, marking his meteoric rise in his coaching career.

Ten greatest coaches in the history of tennis (part 2)

4. Boris Becker

In December 2013, Novak Djokovic sought the services of Boris Becker as his coach. Since Becker had no experience in coaching before, it was quite a challenge for him to help Djokovic surpass two of the greatest stars that the sport of tennis has had: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The Becker-Djokovic partnership worked like a charm. In just three years, Becker helped the player from Serbia win six Grand Slam titles along with 14 ATP Masters 1000 titles.

Djokovic and Becker decided to go their separate ways in 2016 and currently Becker is working as an analyst for BBC. He has also been in charge of the Head Coach of the German Tennis Federation since 2017.

5. Nick Bollettieri

Nick Bollettieri is one of the most widely respected and admired tennis coaches. He has guided a host of several successful tennis players. His book Tennis Handbook has been the go-to book for budding players and coaches around the world over the years. From tactics and strategy to mental conditioning, the book covers everything.

Bollettieri has coached many tennis players who have become World Number 1, including Monica Seles, Marcelo Rios, Jim Courier, and Andre Agassi. In addition, he played an important role in stars such as Serena and Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Mary Pierce winning Grand Slam titles. Bollettieri was one of the five inductees to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2014.

6. Tony Roche

Part of the Big 5 of Australian tennis in the 1960s and 1970s, Tony Roche was a very skilled singles player, who won the 1966 French Open and won a total of 46 singles titles and 12 Grand Slam doubles titles during his career.

Roche became the coach of Ivan Lendl to help him hone his volleying skills. Their partnership was fairly productive, even though Lendl never won Wimbledon.

Roche then coached Pat Rafter and helped him become the world’s Number 1 player. He also worked with Roger Federer between 2005 and 2007 when Federer won 8 of his 20 Grand Slam titles.

Best Female Coaches of All Time (P2)

3/ Sylvia Hatchell (Basketball)

Ranking the fourth in terms of basketball players with the most career wins in America, Sylvia Hatchell began her coaching career in 1974 at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She led this women’s basketball team to various victories.

During his coaching career, Hatchell took the fourth highest rank for the wins in the professional basketball events.

She stands out from other basketball coaches in the world thanks to her unmatched leadership skills and positivity. As of 2018, she still coached the North Carolina team to lead the ACC Converses. She helped the team to achieve multiple gold medals.

4/Jennifer Welter (Football)

Jennifer Welter is one of the best female coaches in the NFL. As an American football player, she started her coaching career in the NFL in 2015.

As of 2018, she worked as an assistant coach of the Arizona Cardinals. However, she had previously worked as a coach with special teams and linebackers in the Taxes Revolution.

During her coaching career, she supported her teams to win the Women’s Professional Football League championship three times and the IWFL championship for once in 2008.

In conclusion, she is a pioneer among the football women coaches. Focusing on changing the perception of coaching within the NFL, she is a sports pioneer within the United Nations.

5/ Tara VanDerveer (Basketball)

Tara VanDerveer has worked as the women’s basketball head coach at Stanford University for 33 years as of 2018. She only took a short break from leading Stanford University in participating in the 1996 Olympic Games with the U.S. national team.

Earlier, she worked with Idaho and Ohio State Universities between the late 1970s and mid-1980s.

During her coaching career, she has recorded 1,036 wins with only 242 losses. Thanks to such achievements, she ranked second in the top female basketball coaches as of the end of 2018.