The greatest football managers of all time


As football is becoming more and more popular in the world with a number of amazing matches, the question is why they are so successful like this? In order to make a great team, it cannot be denied the importance of the coach. So, who are the greatest football managers of all time? Let’s check out in this following article of 6 out of the best football coaches in the world.

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Rinus Michels

Marinus Jacobus Hendricus Michels (1928) was a Dutch association football player and coach. He is remembered as the father of the “Total Football” style that lots of players in Dutch team used during the 1974 World Cup. Every time you watch clubs like Barcelona, Ajax or Manchester City, you are seeing his influence. A report said that no coach had had a bigger influence on the beautiful game than Rinus Michels. Even though Rinus Michels died, his profound impact on modern football remains as deep as it was when he took over Ajax and transformed the game half a century ago.

Michels gained a variety of achievements during his managerial career. He won the European Cup with Ajax and the Spanish league with Barcelona, and had four tenures as coach of the Netherlands national team. Under his tutelage and along with talented players like Johan Neeskens and Johan Cruyff, Ajax went from relegation candidates to a team that won the KNVB Cup three times. The Rinus Michels Award, which rewards the best managers in Dutch football, is named in his honour afterwards. 

Helenio Herrera

Helenio Herrera Gavilan (1916) was a well-known Argentine, naturalized French, football player and manager. He is best remembered for his success with the Inter Milan team known as Grande Inter in the 1960s. Besides, he is widely recognised as the inventor of the ultra-negative catenaccio system, which favoured quick counter-attacks from a tight defence. And he was also  arguably the first manager to collect credit for his teams’ performances, in the process becoming a superstar in the world of football. 

Helenio Herrera pioneered the use of psychological motivating skills and his quote was” with 10 our team plays better than with 11”

Herrera won four La Liga titles in Spain ( with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona) and three Serie A titles in Italy with Inter. Under his management, Inter got the European glory, winning two consecutive European Cups among several other honours. In order to get those victories with prestigious titles, he enforced a strict discipline code, for the first time forbidding players to drink or smoke and controlling their diet.

Herbert Chapman

Herbert Chapman (1878) was an English association football player and manager. In spite of having an undistinguished playing career, he was one of the first modern and influential football managers. He subjected his players to a strict regime of physical exercise and added physiotherapists to the staff after having realized the importance of physical fitness. He also created a style of highly organised, counter-attacking football, which was at odds with the prevailing orthodoxy but highly effective for his team at that time. 

During his managing career, Chapman won so many titles including a Southern League title in 1908-09 with Northampton Town, two FA Cups in 1922-23 with Huddersfield Town and in 1929-30 with Arsenal. In 2011, Arsenal introduced a statue of Chapman outside Emirates Stadium in celebration of the club’s 125th anniversary. 

Ernst Happel

Ernst Franz Hermann Happel (1925) was a famous Austrian football player and coach. He favoured an attacking style of play in which the offside trap featured heavily. He trained his team to pressurise the rivalries and play for possession, therefore, his team was able to dictate the game. During his career as a coach, Happel worked for several clubs such as Hamburger SV, Swarovski Tirol and the Austria national team. 

Ernst Happel had a remarkable talent for getting the best out of his players/

Happel goes down in history as the first of the five coaches to win the European Cup with two different clubs. He is also one of six managers to have won domestic league championships in at least four different nations. However, he died at the age of 66 due to his regular smoking in his adult’s life. In the wake of his death, the Praterstadion in Vienna, which is the biggest football stadium in Austria, was renamed the Ernst-Happel-Stadion. 

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Matt Busby

Sir Alexander Matthew Busby (1909) was a Scottish football player and manager who managed Manchester United in the 1950s. He guided a remarkably young team, often known as “the Busby Babes”  to win the league in both 1956 and 1957, and were runners-up to Aston Villa in the 1957 FA Cup Final. However, on the way home from a European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade in 1958, their plane crashed on the runway at Munich-Riem Airport which killed 8 of the players. 

He was the first manager of an English team to win the European Cup and is widely regarded as one of the best managers of all time. He was mentioned, along with B.B King and Doris Day, in the Beatles song, “Dig It” which released in 1970. In addition, Busby was made an inaugural inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002 in recognition of his impact on the English game. 


Valeriy Lobanovskyi

Valeriy Vasylyovych Lobanovskyi (1939) was an Ukrainian football manager. He was the laureate of the UEFA Ruby Order (2002), the Master of Sports of USSR and FIFA Order of Merit, the highest honour awarded by FIFA. He is remembered as an Ukrainian national hero in the 1990’s who led his Dynamo Kyiv team to be the first side from the Soviet Union to win a major European trophy in the final of the Cup Winners’ Cup. 

Valeriy Lobanovskyi is highly esteemed for his achievements as a coach and is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time/ Ph:

Lobanovskyi was so proud of his scientific approach to football which utilised a range of physiological and psychological tests to determine his players’ potential. As a consequence, he was able to help the team improve their game much easier than ever before. Under his management, his team won several titles such as 13 championships, 2 European Cup Winners Cups and a European Super Cup. After his death in 2002, Dynamo Kyiv’ s stadium was renamed the Lobanovsky Stadium in his honour. 

All in all, the world of football cannot be successful without legendaries mentioned above. They played an important part in leading the team to victories at each match. Even though there are a number of talented coaches nowadays, their names and contributions will always be alive throughout the time. Go to to know tactics, soccer ideology and all about. 


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