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Portrait of an iconic manager – Marcello Lippi

 Marcello Lippi is a managerial legend of modern football. At the end of his playing career, during which the Italian operated as a defender and had over a decade-long spell with Sampdoria, he went into management and proved extremely successful. Tactics and Man-management Lippi is a tactically acute manager. His ability to plan for different kinds of opposition can be ...

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Premier League 2016-2017: Top 5 managerial rivalries

Pep Guardiola – Jose Mourinho Two of the most acclaimed managers in modern football will renew their rivalry in the Premier League this season. The Manchester United boss will have an upper hand owing to his extensive working experience in English football, while Guardiola might take some time to settle in the fast-paced league. However, there can be no doubt ...

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Top 5: Greatest managers to never win the Champions League

Valeriy Lobanovskyi The legendary Soviet-Ukrainian manager did a great deal to bring new ideas to the beautiful game. He famously treated football as a system of 22 elements, having two sub-systems of 11 elements each, moving in a confined space and subject to a series of restrictions. If at the end of the 90 minutes, the two systems were evenly ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Johan Cruyff

  There are great players and then there are great managers. Many great players went into management and a bunch of them achieved some degree of success. However, very few can be considered legendary for both their playing career as well as management stints. Johan Cruyff makes both the lists. Tactics and man-management (Strengths) Cruyff was an exponent of attractive ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Rinus Michels

Rinus Michels is best remembered as a pioneering football manager, but he was also an accomplished footballer. He began his playing career with Ajax in 1946 and over the course of the next 12 years he went on to play over 300 games for the Dutch club. Operating as a striker, he scored over 150 goals in all competitions and ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Joachim Low

Joachim Low has been at the helm of the German national team for over a decade now and has overseen some of the biggest talents in modern football during his reign at the national team. Low started out as midfielder for SC Freiburg in 1978 and had a nomadic career after leaving them two years later. He went on to ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Vicente del Bosque

  Vicente del Bosque was a product of the Real Madrid youth academy who went on to have a successful 16-year association with Los Blancos’ first team. The midfielder went on to make over 500 appearances for the Spanish giants across all competitions and won five league titles as well as four Copa del Reys during his time at the ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Sir Bobby Robson

Sir Bobby Robson is regarded amongst one of the best managers that England has produced. A forward in his playing days, Robson went on to manage in several major European countries, something that not many English managers are willing to try. And in doing so, he achieved success too. Robson started his playing career with Fulham in the old English ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Giovanni Trapattoni

There are few managers in world football who boast of a CV as glowing as Giovanni Trapattoni’s. The Italian remains one of the very few to have won the league title across four European countries and he did it all with an unshakeable conviction in his methods. Trapattoni, a Milan native, spent almost his entire playing career with AC Milan ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Miguel Munoz

  At Real Madrid, the manager is perceived merely as a footnote – a man who oversees the biggest stars that the club buys every summer. In such an environment it is quite an achievement to have led the club for 15 years. Miguel Munoz remains the greatest manager in the history of Real Madrid and one of the most ...

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