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The role of a football manager is much more than waving weird signs from the touchline. Whether it comes to handling the Media to working his pants off, behind closed doors, he might be perhaps the world’s most unluckiest person involved in the Game. If his team loses on Sunday, he might be unemployed the next day, if the team plays well, its perhaps the payers who get all the limelight. Who would ever forget Nottingham Forest’s Brian Clough’s evergreen quote, “I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one.”
This is where our column starts, we here at Sportzwiki, don’t try to figure out on who’s the world best, when it comes to making right substitutions or who has perfected the art of Man Management, we thus provide you a list of our selected list of the Top 10 Football Managers in the World right now.
This list however, is in no order, feel free to slate us if you don’t agree!
Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I’m very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.’
Antonio Conte :
The former Italian international midfielder has already accomplished several prides with the teams he has managed so far. With Juventus, he already bagged two league Championships. It has not been a long time since he started his management career, it has been just been eight years. Questions and eyebrows were raised when he took over from Siena, due to his experience of managing big teams previously. But he has proved all his critics wrong and proving to be a tactical masterstroke for the Old Lady. When he was a player, he won five league titles, one UEFA champions league and many other silverware. He is undoubtedly, the heart and soul of Italian football right now.Antonio Conte’s preferred playing style is 3-5-2.
Have look at this Tactical analysis video here to get into his mind:
Guus Hiddink :
Being Dutch helps, doesn’t it! The saying does seem apt for Guus Hiddink. He started his management career as the assistant manager of Dutch side De Graafschap, and then he went to PSV Eindhoven and this was where his managerial career took off. He managed club teams as well as the international teams like Netherlands, South Korea, Australia, Russia and Turkey.
Hiddink achieved a lots of individual accomplishments being names AFC coach of the year, World Soccer World manager of the year, Dutch sports coach of the year (of all sports), Coach of the year in Russia etc. He also won loads of silverware with the clubs he managed. Notable among them are six Dutch league titles, the UEFA European cup, Spanish intercontinental cup etc. Recenlty, he was the manager of the Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, he resigned as the manager of the team on July 22, 2013 unexpectedly. Guus Hiddink’s preferred playing style is 4-4-2 but he employed a bizarre 3-6-1 formation when he was in charge of Australia in World Cup 2006. Have a look at the video yourself:
Louis Van Gaal :
The former Dutch midfielder began his managerial career in 1986 as the assistant manager of AZ Alkmar and Ajax in 1988. In the year of 1991, Van Gaal was given the opportunity to become the first team manager of Ajax. After a promising six year career with the Dutch giants, he got a call from Spanish giant killer Barcelona. He then went on to manage Barcelona, Bayern Munich, the Netherlands as well. He shocked the World when he won the UEFA champions league with Ajax.
“Louis Van Gaal’s idea is one of continuous circulation, one side to the other, until the moment that, when you change direction, a space opens up inside and you go through it.
“So, he provokes the opponent with horizontal circulation of the ball, until the moment that the opponent will start to pressure out of despair. What I believe in is to challenge the rival by driving the ball into him.”
He also won four Dutch league titles, two UEFA super cups, two Spanish league titles, one German Bundesliga, one Copa Del Rey and many more achievements with different teams. He is currently the manager of Netherlands international squad.Louis Van Gaal’s preferred playing style is 4-2-3-1.
Vicente Del Bosque :
This Real Madrid legend is undoubtedly one of the best managers of the world right now. Not every manager can lead an international team to the Cup glory with such ease. Del Bosque was also the architect to build solid squad for Real Madrid in the late 1990s and early 2000s which won two Spanish league titles two UEFA champions leagues, two UEFA super cups and other big silverwares too.
He is currently the manager of mighty Spain international squad with which he won the UEFA Euro cup and the FIFA World Cup. Just like a tremendous manager he is, he was a great player as well. He won five Spanish league titles and four Copa Del Rey cups as a player. We hope to see Spain international squad improving more and more under him. Del Bosque’s preferred playing style is false nine.
Manuel Pellegrini :
The former Chile international centre back is a football manager since last twenty seven years. Known as the Engineer, as he holds an Engineering degree, Pellegrini has worked worldwide, taking responsibilities of the Argentine squad River Plate and the Spanish side Villarreal, where he achieved cult status.. After five years, he was handed the opportunity to manage Real Madrid. In 2010, he started to manage Malaga and took them to the quarter finals of the Champions League last season before narrowly losing to Borussia Dortmund. Currently, he is the manager of Manchester City where he is facing a little bit trouble to settle, but everyone is aware of his class, he will definitely settle in. Pellegrini’s preferred playing style is 4-4-2.
Tactics of Manuel Pellegrini:
Well this is only our first part, stay tuned for the next part of Sportzwiki’s Top Ten Football Managers in the World.