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 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 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 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.