Top 10 succesful club manager in the world
With Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho in the Champions League two of the most renowned coaches clash in European football. Who are the best club coaches in the world? A preliminary comment on the selection criteria: We considered only current club coach – would otherwise certainly play Fabio Capello in this Top Ten an important role.
10. Louis van Gaal (FC Bayern)
Admittedly, over the nomination of Paul Aloysius Maria van Gaal, we discussed the longest. Its inclusion in our list was long in the balance, especially in comparison with his former player and successor in Barcelona, Frank Rijkaard, now the coach of Galatasaray. Van Gaal and Rijkaard combine a number of characteristics: Both trained Barcelona, both won two Spanish titles, both tried their hand as coach of the Bond Elftal.
Ultimately, however, say two things for Van Gaal: his Champions League victory with Ajax in 1995 (which makes it next to the only coach Mourinho the Champions League era, having won this trophy with a club from a small league) and his current work in Munich. Not only won Ajax Champions League against Milan (and reached the following year again, the finale), Van Gaal has produced a whole generation of players that dominate the 1990s should: Patrick Kluivert, Marc Overmars, Edgar Davids, Frank de Boer, Edwin van der Sar. Even Dennis Bergkamp played for two years under Van Gaal, before moving to Italy.
Van Gaal that failed as Coach Bond is undeniable – the Elftal missed even the 2002 World Cup qualifying. He had also been in Barcelona with his tactics, possible to import many Dutch people, only very limited success. After switching off as national coach, it took even a few years before he came back on its feet when it comes to coaching career. But his title with AZ Alkmaar in 2009 was the signal that convinced the leaders of the FC Bayern offered him the most popular items in German football. His much-vaunted ability as a football coach, “threatened to be buried at the start of the season in the starting difficulties and the impatient German media landscape.
From today’s perspective, but you have to say, 13 wins in a row or not, it is mainly the transport of Holger Mueller and Thomas Badstuber professional team, the Van Gaal marked eye for talent. The combination of promoting talent and dealing with superstars such as Arjen Robben was once his trademark, and this mixture could bring the Munich still a long way, provided it bears fruit.
9. Manuel Pellegrini (Real Madrid)
Before the Chilean Pellegrini In 2004, to Europe to the small provincial club to take on Villarreal, he had to show a series of successes, but nothing that would have identified him as an aviator in his trade. Argentine championships with San Lorenzo and River Plate, Copa Mercosur with a San Lorenzo, to an Ecuadorian championship with LDU Quito – a solid South American record.
It was his time in the small town of Villarreal, which established Pellegrini’s reputation and gave him his current post as manager of the most famous clubs in the world. In five years at the Yellow Submarine Villarreal never finished worse than seventh place in the table at the end of the season, 2008, they took even the runner. Pellegrini led the way once his club to the semifinals and once in the quarter finals of the Champions League, in both cases failed to Arsenal.
With many South American players like Juan Roman Riquelme, Diego Forlan and Marcos Senna (who also have Spanish citizenship) Pellegrini succeeded again and again to offer the Great stand up – and not just as a fluke, but year in, year out. What is the estimate, this season showed the difficulties of Pellegrini’s successor, Ernesto Valverde, who spent six months in the cellar table, before he was eventually fired. Pellegrini also can be fired in Madrid – it should not survive the second round against Lyon. That would be a pity, because only prevented the historically good season from Barcelona to Real Galacticos with its already at the top of the Primera División is.
8. Felix Magath (Schalke 04)
Some things seem to become independent. This is also the reputation of Felix Magath, everywhere to be successful and accomplish wonderful things. Who would have thought that the failed in Hamburg, Nuremberg, Bremen and Frankfurt coach would collect from the 2004 German championship and cup like no other? His latest title with Wolfsburg in 2009 made him the most sought after trainers in Germany, and the success at Schalke, combined with the installation of completely unknown youngster, has cemented its image as a genius Magath.
Above all, it seems to get his club good that Magath last ever as a coach, manager and director of sports rolled into one occurred after a rather English than Continental European model. Bayern coach who would not want to pursue, so free of disturbing comments from leadership to his daily business? Especially on board it Schalke Boss Clemens Tönnies is to their credit, recognized this problem in recent years and addressed with the very large solution Magath have.
The only thing that prevents Magath still higher rating in our ranking, is the complete lack of international success. As an active player in four European Cup finals and two World Cup finals, we search for this kind highlights in his coaching CV vain. Instead, quarter-final appearances were with Bayern in the Champions League the greatest feeling. The chance to do better with Wolfsburg, kicked Magath. That the football, he can play at Schalke, can compete on the international stage is hard to believe. This could have been but then said about the Wolfsburg title chances too.
7. Laurent Blanc (Girondins de Bordeaux)
Why Raymond Domenech remains French coach, outside of the head of the federation FFF probably only a very few. Why Laurent Blanc will not act as a successor to the ill-tempered coach, reveals itself quickly preschoolers.
In his first year as head coach led Blanc Bordeaux to second place in Ligue 1, in his second season he won the title – after seven championships in a row that had gone to Lyon. At the end of the season won the Girondins eleven games in series, and also in the current season, the navy blue again ranked number one in the table.
But not enough: No other team was in the Champions League preliminary round success than Bordeaux, so far in seven European games this season, conceding only two goals against the Girondins, and after a 1-0 away win over Olympiakos is the quarter-finals in the immediate vicinity. Lyon better cut in seven attempts from beyond it. Where did “le président”, as he had mentioned as players, his coaching abilities? The fact that he trained as a professional under Guy Roux, Marcello Lippi and Sir Alex Ferguson might not have been entirely without effect. Also, the fact that his assistant Jean-Louis Gasset of the best coaches in Europe Co-counting, helps the novice coach Blanc – without wishing to belittle his own contribution.
6. Rafael Benitez (Liverpool)
A single half-time would have been sufficient to secure Rafa Benitez his place in the pantheon of the great trainers of our time. We are talking about the 15 minutes in the cab of the Ataturk Olympic stadium in Istanbul. Liverpool was back to 0-3 against Milan and the Rossoneri had been hopelessly inferior. Kaka had broken down the Reds again in pieces. Never before had a team in such a finale they were at a deficit.
But then Benitez Didi Hamann brought into play and put Kaka on the leash. Instead of a back four played Liverpool then with three defenders, before Hamann and three other midfielders Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso could now even go on the offensive. Within six minutes of the second half was like from Liverpool. In extra time, when Milan believed to have finally found a remedy for this tactic and should Serginho do about the left wing pressure, Gerrard was assigned to the position of a right-back, Liverpool was playing with back four – and in the end won the penalty shootout.
Two years later, the Reds reached the final again, but this time failed to Milan, also because Benitez reacted too slowly to the residue. But the fact remains that the Spaniards are one of the great tacticians in world football has. He twice won the Spanish Cup with Valencia, before he came to Liverpool – the only coach he managed this feat in this century with a provincial team (not Real Madrid or Barcelona).
5. Arsène Wenger (Arsenal)
If Ralf Rangnick is the football professor Arsene Wenger then what is? The Dean of football? The great respect which the Alsace is not placed in the football world rises, surely his cultivated manners and his cosmopolitan habit. But all this would be nothing without the phenomenal success he celebrated with Arsenal since 1996 he took over as coach at the Gunners.
Wenger by then rolled the typical British club to complete one by one. Of the youth work that is now almost exclusively to teenagers from around the world on nutrition and fitness professionals through to the playing of the defensive early and one-dimensional acting team. Just two years after taking office brought Wenger the double with Arsenal, then still with the traditional Arsenal back four to Tony Adams, but before that with the Franco-Dutch influence from Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, Nicolas Anelka, Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Vieira.
2003/2004 Arsenal lost a single Premier League game on the way to the title. Since then the club has invested more in its new stadium as the team. From the championship team of that time is no longer a regular player in the squad, and for five years, Arsenal won a title, not even a national cup competition. This has led to slight criticism for the team at all young, tech-savvy talent may now have lost the winning mentality – perhaps best embodied by Vieira, Wenger has not got not a single trophy to London. Nevertheless, the Strasbourg coach’s is a dream of many European club president. Hardly a coach next to Alex Ferguson at Manchester has probably left such a lasting impact on his club as Wenger.
4. Josep Guardiola (Barcelona)
What? Only one season as coach is enough to get on this list? Well, even in this case. No coach will ever have a more successful year as Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona in 2009. Six titles won by the Blaugrana. You betcha.
As a child, Josep Guardiola ball boy at FC Barcelona as a player, he led the Dream Team of the early 1990s as a captain for the first Champions League title in club history, he feels himself above all as a Catalan, and only then as a Spaniard. He embodies the myth as a coach Barca as perfect as no one else. On possession and passing game designed club philosophy, he took to heart even as a pro. With 38 years he was the second youngest coach who could ever win the European Cup champions.
Always neat appearance, expected Guardiola highest discipline of his players. So taste every minute that a professional is late for training, 5,000 € in the team’s box office, 400 € is paid by the player who appears too late for breakfast.
It was not to blame Pep that after the final of the Club World Cup in December on the lawn of Abu Dhabi broke out in tears. What should now come to? But what actually not so, even as if the winning streak of the Blaugrana tears. Although Barca lost at Atletico since his first league game this season, but in over 100 games as head coach, his team has never defeated with more than one goal.
3. Carlo Ancelotti (Chelsea)
Unlike his second round opponent Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti was already an international class player as well. Two European Cup finals of the national champion reached the defensive midfielder with AC Milan and won the big Rossoneri team to Franco Baresi, Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard both finals. In his playing days Ancelotti learned from the great coaches Fabio Capello and Arrigo Sacchi.
Even become coach, he needed something at Parma and Juventus before the title ceased, but with AC Milan he won twice in seven years the Champions League, a Scudetto and Coppa Italia, and two other Vice championships. Almost a third triumph would be added CL, but in 2005 in Istanbul playful Milan a 3-0 half time lead against Liverpool still miserably. Chelsea Ancelotti’s commitment came last summer in England, first to some skepticism. But coaches need not be dependent eccentrics like Mourinho and Sven Goran Eriksson to make world-class work. So far, there is nothing that Chelsea gets three titles this season, so think the Blues are, whenever you need it.
Was used as a defense of Italians Pope, stood out during his years in Milan, that he actually works just with the player material he has available. Ancelotti is no one who cries out for reinforcements – are both Create own who came to him as an employee of Silvio Berlusconi certainly match. Ancelotti has been underestimated because of his reserved nature for long. That could change in 2010 final.
2. José Mourinho (Internazionale)
Mourinho is one of the few top international coach, who himself has strong record as a professional no notable career. That may explain his unbridled ambition that it can often push the boat when it comes to criticizing the media, referees, or opposing coaches. Modesty is not his strength, which has emerged from England nicknamed “The Special One” is because he said in one of his first press conference in London: “I think I’m a special one.”
But “special” is the balance of the Portuguese without doubt. Probably no other international club coach in the recent past can point to at a young age so successful as Mourinho, who worked as a translator for Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona and Sporting in Portugal, even before he struck the coach’s career. In his first season as coach of FC Porto Mourinho won 2003 Cup, the Cup and the UEFA Cup the following season was then an unqualified success by winning the Champions League final against Monaco – the only time in the last 15 years to win that a team from outside the big five leagues, the Champions League could.
No wonder Chelsea, the club undertook at that time most of the world, Mourinho on the spot – the right decision, as promptly came for the Blues, the first two titles for Chelsea for 50 years. Only internationally, it did not work quite right, then rubbed Mourinho in confrontations with referees and opposing coaches, but failed at the sport trying to reach the Champions League final. Meant a 1-1 against Rosenborg in September 2007, the end for Mourinho at Chelsea, now he is at Inter, with whom he was immediately Italian masters. This is the squad that he is at the Nerazzurri are available, no wonder. Whether he is still “special”, he can now show against his former club in the Champions League. Then maybe it will work with the expected return to beloved England.
1. Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)
With two Champions League successes, eleven Premier League titles, three Scottish championships, nine national Cups, four League Cup titles and two European Cup Winners’ Cup, only the most important trophies are called, which has collected the now ennobled former shipyard worker from Glasgow in his coaching career. No other coach in modern football has enjoyed such a successful time at one club like Sir Alex, the grand master of Old Trafford.
Even in Aberdeen, with whom he had three tracks (and the last manager with another club than Rangers or Celtic, the Scottish Cup) won, it was clear how great a talent coach, former Rangers striker had brought. That did not go unnoticed even Manchester United, a time in the shadow of Liverpool and Everton vegetate in front of him the sleeping giant. In England Fergie took a couple of years getting used to. But that United did not, fired as the team in the fall of 1989 during the crisis, put must apply today as one of the most correct decisions in recent football history.
Since the 1990s in England were almost exclusively Man U, which not only won 12 major titles in ten years, but at the same time the richest club in the world was – a fact that, tragically, in from the outside by the American investors of the Glazer family risk is advised. Ferguson’s athletic success was based on some purchases, such as Eric Cantona and brilliant Roy Keane, but also the backbone of players from their youth to Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and the Neville Brothers.
Tactically, Ferguson still holds fast to his beloved 4-4-2 system, due in its case, the formula for success that each star is replaced, and all must subordinate themselves to the team. This is perhaps the reason why United is also to changes and generation change in a short time to time and again at the top.