Managing a football team requires a wide range of talent and extensive game knowledge. In addition to being tactically shrewd, coaches should be able to work with players individually to inspire and control them. They need to communicate their orders efficiently, and predict their players’ physical and psychological state. A manager’s ability to make smart substitutions and tactical changes during matches is of special importance.
Managers will, as a prerequisite, gain respect from their players by competently leading them. Many talented tacticians are failing because they lack the authority to lead. To be both an artist and a drill sergeant brings on a different kind of personality. The following list of managers epitomizes this character and has converted their skill into tremendous success in the world of football.
Arsène Wenger managed Arsenal for 22 years. He advocates an attacking and flowing style of football, which made the club a favorite with neutral supporters. He has been criticized for his trust in youth and his reluctance to bring in big names. Despite a lack of recent achievements, Wenger kept Arsenal in the top group of English football for two decades, winning three league titles, seven FA Cups, and reaching the Champions League final in 2006. One of his Arsenal teams went an entire season unbeaten in 2003–04. Wenger also won a league title and domestic cup with Monaco.
Louis Van Gaal is also known for his straightforward tactical style and is a stern disciplinarian. Described as confident and arrogant, he uses a combination of art and authority that has given him remarkable managerial success. He has won the 1995 Champions League, the 1992 UEFA Cup, three league titles and a domestic cup with Ajax. He’s added three more league titles and one domestic cup at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Amazingly, in 2009 he also led AZ to the Dutch league championship. Van Gaal then led a much-diminished Dutch team to third place in the 2014 World Cup, before taking over as Manchester United. However his frustrating time at United included an FA Cup win.
During his two seasons at the Parc des Princes he won seven trophies: one Ligue 1 championship (2017/18), two Coupe de France trophies (2016/17, 2017/18), two Coupe de la Ligue trophies (2016/17, 2017/18) and both Trophee des Champions.
The seven championships in the last five seasons amount to an outstanding haul of 10. It is worth noting that Emery left Seville in 2014 , 2015 and 2016 after making history by winning the Europa League three times in succession.
His record should have been much better, only to lose in the 2016 Copa del Rey final against Barcelona, while in 2017 Monaco stole the league title from the hands of PSG.
Moreover, over the last five seasons, after 2013/14, he can still boast becoming the top coach over terms of titles won across Europe’s major leagues.
Antonio Conte is a former Italian football player who spent most of his career at Juventus, 20 times representing his country. As a professional, his work-rate mirrors the commitment that he now demands from the players he manages. Conte plays in a 5-3-2 formation of wing-backs, and chooses players who are flexible enough to match their scheme.
He led Juventus to the Serie A championship during the 2011–12 season, without losing a single game. Conte remained for three years at Juventus, winning Series A in every season before leading Italy for their bid for Euro 2016. His squad knocked Spain out of the competition but lost narrowly on penalties to Germany.
He then joined Chelsea in 2016 and enjoyed his first season in the Premier League, winning a (then) record of 30 league wins. Antonio Conte has a long career ahead of him and will potentially become one of the best managers ever.
While with Real Madrid Carlo Ancelotti won the 2014 Champions League, he became the first currently active manager to win the championship three times. He had achieved it twice previously with Milan in 2003 and 2007. At Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich respectively, Ancelotti’s impressive career includes league triumphs in Italy, England, France and Germany. He has also claimed domestic cups with Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea.
Management style for Ancelotti is one of versatility and adaptability. He plays formations which match his players’ attributes. He is one of the most decorated managers on this list, with 20 trophies to his credit.
Maybe the Atletico Madrid boss isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, especially because of his ultra-defensive tactics and the questionable morals his side plays with.
Maybe Diego Simeone is the most wanted rising star in the world of football management. He won two league titles in his native Argentina, before becoming famous as manager of Atletico Madrid. He galvanized an underachieving Atletico side upon his arrival in Spain and brought them to fifth position in the league. He has also led them to the 2012 Europa League win. While this season has been a tough one for Argentina overall, he ‘s won enough credit by undermining Barcelona’s and Real Madrid’s duopoly in La Liga and that’s why Atleti has stuck with their guy.
José Mourinho, the Portuguese coach is known for his well-organized defenses and his teams’ physical energy. Since gaining invaluable coaching experience under icons Bobby Robson and Louis Van Gaal he was a physical education teacher.
At Porto, Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid he has won eight league titles and four domestic cups. He has won the 2003 UEFA Cup and the 2004 Champions League with Porto, the 2010 Champions League with Inter, and with Manchester United in the 2017 Europa League. Mourinho became Manchester United manager at the start of the 2016–17 season following a mixed second spell at Chelsea, and guided them back to the Champions League.
Mourinho may no longer be at the height of his abilities, having experienced a tough start to life at Tottenham. A curriculum vitae with 25 major honors continues to make the Special One worthy of a place in the top 10 and has had mitigating circumstances behind his first few months at Spurs.
The degree to which Real Madrid falls apart without him would probably be as good as the one he enjoyed on the pitch just goes to show Zizou ‘s future on the bench. Sure, in his first spell at the Bernabeu he depended heavily on Cristiano Ronaldo, but you simply can not argue with a record of three straight Champions League titles.
After a distinguished career as a defensive midfielder for Barcelona, in 2007 Josep Guardiola was elevated to B team manager for the club. He was made first team boss a year later. The club has won the treble in its first season after making dramatic and controversial improvements to the first team and footballing policy in Barcelona. Pep went on to win three La Liga titles, two domestic cups, three super cups, two Champions Leagues, two European super cups, and two World Club Cups in four seasons, winning a total of 14 trophies.
In all, he claimed a further seven trophies with Bayern. In 2016, he took over at big-spending Manchester City and, after a season without a trophy, won the league in emphatic fashion, recording the most points, wins, and goals of any team in Premier League history. Guardiola’s teams are known for keeping possession, pressing relentlessly, and their sublime creativity.
In the world of football, Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp is a rising star. He changed Borussia Dortmund ‘s fortunes and gave them league titles in 2011 and 2012 and the 2012 German Cup. Klopp ‘s reign ended Bayern Munich ‘s undisputed dominance, and established Dortmund as a major force in European soccer. He put together an excellent team in all positions and favored a fast counter-attacking style of football that was quite similar to Arsenal (in their better years).
In 2012, Dortmund went on an undefeated run of 28 matches and Klopp ‘s side also reached the 2013 Champions League final. He has guided Liverpool to three cup finals recently, including the 2018 Champions League, but was defeated in each. Then Klopp won the Champions League final in 2019 and Premier League title in 2019/2020 season.