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Top 10 Football Coaches Who Give Tony D’Amato a Run for His Money

Published on 4 May, 2013 at 8:00 am By

Football or Soccer, call what you may, but the game sure has the allure to captivate and entertain. While the players form an integral part, the role of the coach or the manager cannot be ignored. A football manager is a friend, a trainer and, if need be, a disciplinarian. Well, these are men with such power to script football history that even Al Pacino’s character of football coach Tony D’Amato fails in their midst. Let’s read about some of these men who made history and entered record books from the sidelines. One thing is certain – each of the top 10 football coaches is a tough nut.

10. Franz Beckenbauer:

Franz Beckenbauer is a German football coach, manager and former player. Known as ‘The Emperor due to his style, leadership, dominance and first name “Franz”, he is one of the greatest football players and coach of all times. He also remains one of the only two players to have won the World Cup both as a player and coach, and the only one to have won it as a captain and coach. Germany’s successful bid to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup was led by him. It was under his management that West Germany won the 1990 World Cup beating Argentina 1-0. Later in his career, Beckenbauer managed Bayern Munich (from 1993) and went on to become its president.

Franz Beckenbauer - Top 10 Football Coaches

9. André Villas-Boas:


He is the Portuguese football manager of Tottenham Hotspur. Villas-Boas has been on the driving seat managing Académica, Porto and Chelsea for some time. Leading Porto to an undefeated 2010-2011 season in Primeira Liga winning as many as four trophies, he became the youngest manager ever to win a European title in the process. Under his management, his team defeated Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool – the four giants of English football.

André Villas-Boas

8. Sven-Göran Eriksson:

Sven- Göran Eriksson is a Swedish football coach who is credited with winning 17 major trophies as a manager, with a variety of league clubs in Sweden, Portugal and Italy, between 1979 and 2000. He is also the first manager to win league-and-cup doubles in three different countries. He has also managed the national teams of England, Mexico and Côte d’Ivoire, and two clubs in England. Eriksson is certainly one of the most renowned and effective coaches to have trained a football team.

Sven-Göran Eriksson - Top 10 Football Coaches

7. Tomislav Ivić:

Tomislav Ivić was a Croatian football player and manager. He had managed teams in 14 different countries along with four national teams, and had won titles and cups in six countries. Touted as a brilliant and foresighted strategist, he is believed to have developed the modern style of the game. Obviously he had to be included in the list of the most successful football coaches in history.

Tomislav Ivić

6. José Mourinho:

Jose Mourniho is a Portuguese football manager and currently the head coach of Real Madrid. He is regarded by fans, players and critics as one of the best football coaches of all times. Such is his aura in the football world that he is called “The Special One”. As a coach, he truly is controversy’s favourite child with his habit of making outspoken comments. Mourinho is known to create an underdog atmosphere in the dressing room alleging a conspiracy against his club from authorities particularly the referees. Whatever the case, his tactics work and they work truly well!

José Mourinho - Top 10 Football Coaches

5. Ernst Happel:

He is probably one of the most successful football coaches ever. Happel was an Austrian football player who later took up managing. He had won both league and domestic cup titles in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Austria as well as the European Cup twice – the first in 1970 and the second in 1983 – and a runners-up medal at the 1978 FIFA World Cup. He was also one of the three managers to have won domestic league championships in four different European countries.

Ernst Happel

4. Vicente del Bosque:

Vicente is the only football manager in the game’s history to have won the Champions League, European Championship and World Cup. A former Spanish footballer, he is currently the manager of the Spanish national football team. He led Spain to their first-ever World Cup win in the year 2010 and helped them retain their European Championship title in 2012. His contributions to Spain earned him the title of a nobility. Vicente has decided to retire after 2014 World Cup.

Vicente del Bosque - Top 10 Football Coaches

3. Alex Ferguson:


Sir Alex Ferguson is a former Scottish player who has been in charge of the Manchester United team since 1986. He is in fact one of the most reputed and applauded mangers the game has ever seen. The success and dominance of the club has been attributed to his guidance. Ferguson is also the longest serving manager of a club in football history with 26 years as manager of the Red Devils. His contributions led him to his knighthood in 1999.

Alex Ferguson

2. Luiz Felipe Scolari:

Known around the world as ‘Big Phil’, Luiz Felipe Scolari is a World Cup-winning Brazilian football manager. He was the manager of the Portuguese national team from July 12, 2003 to June 30, 2008 and currently manages the Brazilian team. Famous for his temper and histrionics beside his in-field abilities, his antics actually keep the players free from external pressures helping them perform better.

Luiz Felipe Scolari - Top 10 Football Coaches

1. Giovanni Trapattoni:


He is an Italian football manager, a former footballer himself, who is considered the most successful club coach in the history of Serie A. He is currently the manager of the Republic of Ireland national team. He has the distinction of winning all three major European club titles, all official continental club competitions where he coached and a world title with Juventus. He also has the record of three UEFA Cup titles won. He is known for his trademark quotes like “don’t say cat until you’ve got it in the bag”. His speeches have made him something more of just a hardcore manager equaling him with that of Tony D’Amato.

Giovanni Trapattoni


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