He guided the team to win three Serie A titles, two successive European Cups (1964 and 1965) and Coppa Italia. In a league forever dominated by Milan and Turin, he guided Fiorentina to a first Scudetto in 1956, then won Serie A again with Bologna in 1964. Le Prof was among the last great idealists; a coach who improved his players by giving them freedom and the belief to soon become world-beaters. The Dutchman has famously fallen out with plenty of people over the years, but his greatest strength was his faith in young talent. 10. He ended Bayern's Bundesliga dominance (for a while anyways), brought Liverpool back to the very top of the European game, and has made every player he's ever worked with better. Yet perhaps his greatest accomplishment is the influence he had over Sir Alex Ferguson, his international assistant, who describes him as the greatest ever. Rocco was a winner, there’s no doubt, but he was also not dull in doing so. Andrade was the star, from a right half-back position, of the great Uruguay team of the 1920s. Louis van Gaal had the honour of managing four of the most famous clubs in history during his career – Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United – and he won trophies with all of them. Suaudeau is the ex-coach of Nantes, managing the senior side from 1982 to 1988.From 1991 to 1997, he won the championship twice with titles in 1983 and 1995. The Ranieri story is a reminder to never give up on your dreams. So great were Weisweiler’s feats, two iconic institutions of the game are named after him: the German Sports Academy... and Hennes the Goat. His comments about Thierry Henry early in his Spain tenure went down in history – and if it feels gratuitous to mention it in every profile of him? Put simply, Liverpool would not have the domestic or European legacy they herald today without the remarkable rebuilding process they underwent in Shankly's 16 years at Anfield. He then lifted two La Liga trophies at Barcelona, another Eredivisie with AZ and the Bundesliga with Bayern, before leading the Netherlands to third place at the 2014 World Cup. So said captain Darijo Srna of his departing coach in 2016, and he wasn’t exaggerating – Lucescu often encouraged his cosmopolitan squads to study, read, learn languages and take cooking lessons. Germany’s consistency at international tournaments can be traced all the way back to Schon (middle above). Football Manager 2019. Nereo Rocco: 'El Paron', the Pioneer of Catenaccio & Forgotten Great of Italian Football, Nereo Rocco: The Milan Legend's All-Time Best XI. Busby took over a club in 1945 that had narrowly avoided bankruptcy twice in just 43 years, where there was a new focus on developing young players at a time when it wasn’t the norm. It’s not a stretch to call Johan Cruyff the single most important person in the history of football for the impact he had as a player, coach, general figurehead and pioneer. Villalonga did, though, capturing two La Liga titles, two Copas Latina and the first two European Cups with Real Madrid – his first, aged just 36 years. The outstanding or the appalling - though more often the former than the latter. When St Mirren sacked Ferguson in 1978, an industrial tribunal ruled that he had “neither by experience nor talent, any managerial ability at all.” Few judgements in history have been proven so emphatically wrong. Make no mistake - we will never see the likes of Sir Bobby Robson again. “We hear a lot of new terminology today, but none of it has taught me anything that Bill didn’t.”. He had an excellent eye for local talent, though, and his youthful Bhoys teams claimed 16 league titles and 14 Scottish Cups. Helenio Herrera is one of the most influential soccer managers of all time, remembered for his style of play which favored quick counter-attacks. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is a registered trademark of ABG-SI LLC. His methods and tactics were revolutionary, and not only did he outsmart the rest of English football with the creation of his own 'W-M' formation, he led two sides to unparalleled success. In between his first two spells there, Ivic led Ajax to Eredivisie glory in 1977. An unorthodox boss, he didn’t watch training, sit in the dugout during matches nor even speak to his players on the day of games, allowing them to learn their positions from the newspaper. Football Links: Barcelona’s anti-football, Manchester United’s first title-winning manager and more | 12thplayer.com – Football News says: So, enigmatic and a wholehearted leader of men - check. He pushed Ferenc Puskas into a renaissance period of his career and wasn’t afraid to drop the Hungarian for the 1959 European Cup Final – which cost him his job, despite Real’s 2-0 win over Reims. Trapattoni’s seven titles with Juventus and Inter are unrivalled, and he delivered European success to both. First, he won five titles with local side Reims, steering them to two European Cup finals; later, he led Saint-Etienne to a hat-trick of league triumphs – via his adored brand of ‘champagne football’. Fabio Capello: Italy's Cosmopolitan Disciplinarian Who Built on a Generation-Defining AC Milan, Fabio Capello: The Serial Serie A Winner's All-Time Best XI. Cruyff nurtured several of the Dutch legends of the 1980s while at Ajax and later built the ‘Dream Team’ at Barcelona that dominated Spanish football and won the European Cup in 1992, a perfect blend of home-grown talent and world class stars. “He makes you give your best at all times – so when he loses, he’s a demon.”. “Liverpool is not only a club, it’s an institution,” said Shankly. Often painted as the villain in his long-running feud with Brian Clough, Revie was an innovative, intelligent and meticulous manager who made Leeds the best team in England. Over two stints, Smith won 21 major trophies and is behind only stalwart Bill Struth as Rangers’ most successful coach. In the history of the best club there has ever been, Miguel Muñoz is quite probably Real Madrid's best ever manager. But big egos require a big personality to lead them. The conductor of the single greatest club team the world has ever seen, Sacchi changed calcio forever by winning with beautiful football. Herrera was a brilliant man-manager, using motivational words and scathing attacks to help his teams fulfil their potential and unarm opponents. The Champions League proved illusive, but the Italian giants are in immaculate shape to win Europe's most coveted club competition sooner rather than later thanks to Allegri. © 2020 ABG-SI LLC. Vittorio Pozzo: Metodo, Mussolini, Meazza & the Difficult Memory of a Two-Time World Cup Winner, Vittorio Pozzo: Il Vecchio Maestro's All-Time Best XI. In truth, there was no one better to lead such a group; talented, but unpolished. Maxim Tsigalko is a living legend with a knack for racking up more goals than appearances. He’s also the man who once told icon Alfredo Di Stefano to ‘f**k off’. The increase processing power of a computer is much more suited to managing the millions of calculations these simulators demand. The German was remarkably successful almost everywhere, claiming six league titles and the European Cup at Bayern Munich in his first coaching job. Unperturbed, the Spaniard simply chalked one off and pressed ahead; the rest went down in history. Ancelotti’s Best Win Rates: Real Madrid 2013 – 2015: 74.79% wins. But he was also a complete innovator, coaching with a ‘genius-like pragmatism’, as the great Italian journalist Gianni Brera described it. Michels won the European Cup and European Championship during his distinguished career, yet arguably his greatest legacy came from a team that won absolutely nothing at all. Thereâs no quantitative method to settle these debates. Maslov was one of the fathers of modern tactical thinking, and his influence should be celebrated and known by every football fan who loves the game. Barça had finished sixth, fourth and fourth in the three campaigns preceding his arrival and needed a reboot. In 1997, his gutsy Dortmund beat Juventus to lift their only such trophy to date. From Brian Clough and Jose Mourinho to the great Sir Alex Ferguson, HITC Sevens takes a look at some of the greatest football managers of all time. So now, here is a rather long list detailing every single one of these managers' storied careers. In six previous seasons in the European Cup, Steaua Bucharest had never progressed past the first round. The 22 best football managers of all time. His love for attacking football quickly infected the nation, and Brazil still pride themselves on their free-flowing attack to this day. Greatest managers of all time: Fan vote reveals the top 10 bosses in football history View gallery Over 1500 football fans cast votes for their all-time top five managers on Reddit’s soccer page, from an initial longlist of over 100 bosses. Well, we wouldn't have to if he hadn't said racist things. Winning eight major trophies in his 16-year managerial spell, including a double in 1960/61, Nicholson is rightly heralded as 'Mr Tottenham', his soul and ethos still prevalent at the club this day. Leading West Germany to 1954 World Cup glory over overwhelming favourites Hungary remains Herberger’s defining success, which came after he had identified that the Mighty Magyars weren’t so mighty out wide. He has led 17 clubs with mixed fortunes, impressing at Fiorentina, Valencia (the first time), Chelsea and Parma, but not so much with Juventus, Valencia (second time round), Inter Milan, Monaco or Greece. His enthusiasm for the job and belief in the club restored an average second division side to the top flight and won the league three times before stepping down, leaving his long-term assistant Bob Paisley to take Liverpool into the next step of their evolution in the 70s. His immense man-management played a major role in transforming Spurs from a team languishing sixth from the bottom in the First Division into title winners less than three years later. “Without him, I would never have achieved what I did.”. The Argentine saw how psychology and diet could help a team, and broke scoring records in bagging consecutive La Liga titles with both Atletico Madrid and Barça in the ’50s – hardly the stats of a militant pragmatist. Jose Mourinho: The 'Special One' Who Shattered Records All Over Europe, Jose Mourinho: The Legendary Portuguese Tactician's All-Time Best XI. Then i moved on the final chapter of this managerial story. The unconventional Dutchman – who once dropped his trousers in front of startled Bayern Munich players to make a point – won three Eredivisie titles, a UEFA Cup and the Champions League at the Amsterdam Arena. A seven-time league champion across spells with Milan, Real Madrid and Roma, Don Fabio also pocketed a European Cup medal when his Milan mauled Barcelona 4-0 in 1994. The motivational Brazilian often took on near-impossible jobs, in an attempt to bring the world together over a mutual love of football. Before Total Football, the Netherlands’ rise can be traced to a Londoner called Vic. As player-gaffer, King Kenny couldn’t kick his winning habit: he nabbed another two titles at Anfield before his shock exit in February 1991, only to join ambitious Blackburn in October – then mid-table in the second tier. He had a spell at Marseille in 1991, then took Bayern Munich to Bundesliga and UEFA Cup success by 1996. “One of my biggest regrets is not winning a trophy for Tele. Remembered as perhaps the finest manager in Bundesliga history, Udo Lattek knew nothing other than winning. That’s his biggest legacy. The USA bagged back-to-back world titles under her stewardship, winning at France 2019 for the most gruelling of them all. One of the most legendary English managers of all time, Paisley lead Liverpool through a period of domestic and European dominance. Fortunately for La Albiceleste, such a mantra liberated Diego Maradona to cause mayhem at Mexico 86, as Argentina became world champions for the second time in eight years. A fan of Phil Neville, presumably. The city native is Real’s longest-serving gaffer, having spent more than 14 years at the Bernabeu and won 14 honours including two European Cups and nine La Liga titles. In the December 1999 issue, a readers' poll listing the 100 greatest football players of the 20th century was published. Yes, the Netherlands were beaten by hosts West Germany in the 1974 World Cup Final – but they played some of the most magical football in history, influencing coaching forever. Herrera’s ultra-defensive sweeper system which inspired Italian football’s decades-long mistrust of fun will be forever synonymous with the Grande Inter side he built from 1960 to 1968; winners of three Serie A titles and the European Cup in 1964 and 1965. The former forward led West Germany between 1964 and 1978; a sparkling spell stretching six major events. All-time wins By manager. A true modern great. Herbert Chapman: One of Football's Great Innovators & Mastermind Behind the 'W-M' Formation, Herbert Chapman: The Yorkshire Tactician's All-Time Best XI. He achieved it all despite having no playing career of any sort. Is Pep Guardiola the greatest football manager of all time? Sir Alex Ferguson has been named as the second best football manager of all time, by well-respected magazine France Football. He repeated the trick in Belgium with Anderlecht and Portugal with Porto, while he also won cup competitions in Spain (Atletico Madrid) and Saudi Arabia (Al-Ittihad). He broke his retirement in October 2017 to help deliver the Bundesliga after Bayern’s shaky start, having remained revered as the mastermind behind their unprecedented league, cup and European treble in 2013. “He said, ‘I guarantee if you go in with conviction, you can do something’.” Good pep talk, gaffer. 'Jogo Bonito' was forged under his guidance, and Brazil as we know it owe a significant degree of gratitude to the habitual World Cup winner. The 50 greatest football managers of all time. Even at club level, Santana helped transform Sao Paulo into one of the world's finest teams, winning back-to-back Intercontinental Cups in 1993 and 1994. Ramsay joined Aston Villa as a player by accident, invited to make up the numbers in an 1876 practice match. With Brian – but not Michael – Laudrup back in the fold, Denmark stunned France to reach the semi-finals, where they beat the Netherlands before completing their remarkable triumph against favourites Germany. Del Bosque won everything worth winning and it never looked particularly difficult. Armed with their coach’s detailed dossiers, Revie’s Leeds won two league titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup – and were unfortunate not to lift the Cup Winners’ Cup after a controversial refereeing display worked against them in the 1973 final with Milan. Find out how to watch the ACC championship game between Clemson and Notre Dame on Dec. 19. Carniglia (right above) was Real Madrid’s first ego-settling coach: an Argentine who expected graft and collective spirit from his galacticos. Otto Rehhagel: The 'King' Who Turned 150/1 Greek Outsiders into Champions of Europe, Otto Rehhagel: The 'King' Who Conquered Europe's All-Time Best XI. His pair of Champions League successes were achieved with the Portuguese dark horses and Inter; both absolute masterclasses in coaching and man-management. For ten weeks, we at 90min ranked the top 50 greatest managers of all time. Top 10 greatest football managers of all time Posted on December 17, 2014 by Football Knowledge A Manager is a very important person in football as he is the major man responsible in planning most of the things, not just in his own club, but he has to check out other moves or football plays from other opponents as well. That's pretty good. One year later, the Frenchman became the first manager *ever* to win three consecutive European Cups with the same club - a feat we may never see repeated again. Maxim Tsigalko is a living legend with a knack for racking up more goals than appearances. Use this list to see how many people agree with you and end the squabble once and for all. Naturally, throughout the development of a sport, there will be figures whose roles in its progression will be classed a true innovators. “I turned to the bench, took off my glasses, picked up the pouch, undid the zip, put the glasses in... and then started celebrating,” he said. Legendary manager Helenio Herrera said Di Stefano was an even greater player than Pele: "Alfredo Di Stéfano was the greatest footballer of all time â far better even thanPelé. “But I merely implemented things that were later copied by every single club: hard work, perfectionism, training, diets. He’d knocked the Three Lions out of the 2002 World Cup (with Brazil) and Euro 2004 (with Portugal), and would do the same again that summer. Whilst plenty of action takes place on the football pitch, sometimes the dugout is the place to watch as managers can often react to events in amazing ways. Back in 1956, the Muscovite guided them to maiden Olympic gold in the sport, defeating Yugoslavia in the Melbourne final. The Catalan then proceeded to take Bayern Munich to new domestic heights, before winning successive Premier League titles at Manchester City with 198 points across two seasons. Transfers and team selection almost became minor distractions, as you reclined in your office next to a fax machine and Teletext. The greatest compliment I received was when people said my football was like music.”. The Italian was a ferocious winner who shaped attitudes of countless countrymen to follow, and also conquered some of the most celebrated sides of all time; namely, Eusebio’s Benfica in 1963, Johan Cruyff’s Ajax in 1969, and Argentina’s infamous Estudiantes outfit. He was its architect, and he has influenced every other sporting edifice that has come after him. With seven trophies in three and a half years in Italy? Knives were being sharpened when he took off furious star striker Mido with 12 minutes to go in their semi-final against Senegal, only for replacement Amr Zaki to notch the winner within two minutes. His 1999/00 Serie A triumph at Lazio was particularly notable, as the Biancocelesti celebrated a first championship since 1974. Sir Bobby Robson is arguably the most revered and fondly remembered manager in English football history. Yet Valcareggi (third right above) had reinvigorated the Azzurri after their disastrous group-stage exit at the 1966 World Cup – via defeat to North Korea – and turned them into European champions in 1968, making some hard decisions en route. He was also, notably, a bit racist. After returning to club level, Kachalin led Georgian side Dinamo Tbilisi to a first Soviet league title in 1964. The underdog spirit hasn’t been lost on Rehhagel. Jurgen Klopp: The Early Years at Mainz 05 Where He Sealed His 'Greatest Achievement', Jurgen Klopp: Mr Heavy Metal Football's All-Time Best XI. Antonin Panenka’s iconic spot-kick won it, but the blend of brawn and grace, woven from the fabric of great Eastern European sides gone by, was all Jezek’s doing. Following Coupe de la Ligue joy with Monaco, the Bayonne native led them to the 2004 Champions League Final; then, in 2010, directed Marseille’s most recent Ligue 1 triumph. Robson won two Eredivisie titles with PSV thereafter, followed by two league championships at Porto and the Cup Winners’ Cup at Barcelona. Winner of the league and cup double on two occasions, the Frenchman then achieved the unthinkable - becoming 'Invincible' as Arsenal went the entire 2003/04 Premier League campaign unbeaten. Miguel Muñoz: The Man Who Told Alfredo Di Stefano to F*ck Off & Led the Ye-Ye's to European Glory, Miguel Muñoz: Real Madrid's Greatest Ever Manager's All-Time Best XI. He won five league titles with MTK in Hungary, but the Lancastrian’s real success was his sizeable contribution to the development of the game across mainland Europe. This list is kept up-to-date with all new video game releases and includes everything from Football Manager 2008 to Football Manager 2007 . An itinerant pioneer, Hogan worked with great success in Austria, Hungary, Switzerland and Germany, and also had spells in the Netherlands and France. 5. The hard work was just starting, she told her players – and if they bought into her ideas, the US would blow their competition away. Most Successful Football Managers of All Time â Honorable Mentions Several greatest football managers deserve the honorable mentions on this list. Guardiolaâs achievements over the last decade have been nothing short of phenomenal. Sure, his record of 169 goals in 502 appearances as the Reds’ go-to forward made him a beloved figure at Anfield, as did his 13 years of loyal service. “Because second is no good.”. Favourite for relegation going into the 2015/16 season, a change of emphasis, mood and direction at the club, led by Ranieri, soon transformed the Foxes into fairytale title contenders as the Premier League's big boys endured a dramatic fall from grace. who is the greatest football manager of all time? Even more history made. His side beat the Netherlands to 2019 Nations League glory too, led by their talismanic skipper whose strengths are expertly catered for. He was born on 11th September 1945. “He was as ruthless as they come.”. Bob Paisley and Zinedine Zidane have won the Champions League or European Cup three times as manager, putting them top of that chart, but sit in â¦ The only gaffer to successfully defend a World Cup, Italy’s pioneering Pozzo – a prodigious 400m runner who later studied in England and became pals with Manchester United star Charlie Roberts – also led his nation to gold at the 1936 Olympics. Charismatic, petulant, demanding and ambitious, Mourinho has sealed 20 major titles in as many years as a manager. Zidane has had comfortably the shortest career to date of any manager on the list and that is a testament to the impact he has made on the game in such a short spell. Back home. They’ve tweaked, tinkered, engineered and evolved football for decades – often, with its shiniest prizes awaiting them at the end. One of the very best coaches, working right now, Jurgen Klopp has been so successful due to his knack for taking talents and squeezing something extra out of them that no-one else even knew was there. Heynckes is a bona fide legend in Bavaria – but also sealed Real Madrid’s first European Cup triumph for 32 years in 1998. At Rangers. Sir Alex Ferguson Yes, you guessed it; Alex Ferguson is without a doubt the best football manager of all time. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Zidane was an elite play-maker, renowned for his elegance, vision, ball control and technique... 8. Once regarded as a loveable tinkerman, Ranieri's title win changed the landscape of English football forever - making the Italian one of the greatest managers of all time. In fact, when Hungary famously demolished the Three Lions 6-3 in 1953, victorious coach Gusztav Sebes said his nation owed everything to Hogan. Parma were football’s cult club of the 1990s – and Scala was their creator. The most successful Italian manager of all time. After all, how could the Reds’ long-time assistant follow Bill Shankly’s feats? Franz Beckenbauer: The German Giant Whose Playing Career Overshadowed His Managerial Genius, Franz Beckenbauer: Der Kaiser's All-Time Best XI. 5. Zinedine Zidane: Cataloguing the Frenchman's Transition From Midfield Magician to Managerial Maestro, Zinedine Zidane: The French Magician's All-Time Best XI. 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